John Campbell-Nelson - Indonesia
I woke up from my Sunday afternoon nap and looked out the window at a pleasant rain coming down. The weight of the water and the ripening fruit had pulled a branch of the mulberry tree down to within view of the bedroom window. Time to make jam. Maybe the red of the berries reminded me of holly, because I decided to get up and write our Christmas letter.Read more
Carlos Madrazo - Indonesia The year 2005 is one of many contradictions and disasters- both man-made and those that the laws of nature wrought upon us. When we celebrate Christmas, we too must remember that Christ came at a time of contradictions.Read more
Global Ministries has teamed with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a village, which was destroyed by the tsunami, in the Aceh Province of Indonesia.Read more
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Indonesia.
READ: Mark 7:24-30
The corrupt Forestry officials went to a remote mountain village. They entered a house, trying not to be seen. But a girl whose mother earth suffered from deforestation saw them, and came and served them coffee. She argued with them not to take the sandalwood trees they had come to claim. They said, “You are of the Almet clan who drove away the marble mining company several years ago.” She answered, “Sir, even the girl who serves you coffee will argue for the forests of her ancestors.” Then one official said, “I think you better tell us your first name.” But the girl refused, went outside, and found mother earth with only, but still, a few sandalwood trees to cover her nakedness.
Christians are all about blessing. We memorize the Beatitudes in confirmation class, we are blessed at the end of every service of worship; we even say “God bless you” when somebody sneezes. By contrast, North American churches have given little thought to the equally biblical tradition which is the opposite of blessing: the curse. We tend to think of cursing as synonymous with swearing, but in biblical tradition the curse has a very specific function. It calls down God’s judgment on people and actions that are deemed evil, just as blessing invokes God’s mercy. In Deuteronomy, the promises given to Israel as they entered Canaan were always balanced by dire warnings of what the consequences would be if they forgot their covenant with God. And we often forget that (at least in Luke’s version) when Jesus blessed the poor he also cursed the rich (Luke 6.24).Read more
Reflections On Some Development Management Insights In
Building Organizational Communities Through Church Or Church-Related
Socioeconomic Assistance Programs In Four-Country Civic Societies
By C. L. Madrazo, Jr. Ph.D
Federal Way, Washington
Based on the experiences in building organizational communities through church or church-related socioeconomic assistance programs within the framework of four-country civil societies, reflection on some development management insights are presented. These experiences may be described as “resuscitating” or reviving The Log Church that was intended for the spiritual nurture of Yakama Native Americans; the case of the “ Missing $60 million Aid;” attitudes of coworkers in the largest missionary consortium organization in Nepal and the “Greed of Christians.” Reflections were based on a) values, perceptions, and attitudes, b) empowerment of peoples’ organizations, c) particularism and universalism, d) outer and directed organizational culture, and e) others.
An earthquake beneath the island of Nias sent people into a panic throughout the western islands and coastal areas of Sumatra. The earthquake registered 8.7 on the Richter scale and immense damage and substantial loss of life occurred on Nias and Simeuleu Island.Read more