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September 29, 2009

Urbana ’09: Business as Mission Track

Intervarsity’s twenty-second student missions conference is scheduled for December 27-31, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.

PLEASE DON’T STOP READING NOW simply because you aren’t a student. Urbana is and always has been intended for anyone interested in missions. The target audience is college-aged women and men between the ages of 18 and 30. But every Urbana draws people from all over North America who want to learn more about global realities, current missions issues, and their place in God’s mission. During the five days spent at Urbana, participants will experience multicultural worship and drama, dynamic speakers, in-depth Bible study, and prayer. They will also be encouraged to explore short-term and vocational opportunities as they interact with representatives from more than 300 mission agencies and educational institutions. Attendance at Urbana is usually around 20,000.

At Purposeful Africa, we are particularly interested in one of the tracks offered at this year’s conference. The Business as Mission Track looks very interesting because part of our emphasis here is encouraging business owners to engage in business as mission. One of the main facets of our upcoming trip to West Africa is to have business owners who join us on our journey see the many ways that they can effectively use their own businesses to positively impact the lives of people in West Africa with the ultimate goal of seeing them accept Christ as their Savior and begin a life-long relationship with Him.

So, with that said, if you feel God may be calling you to learn more about how to use your business to impact the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ, we would encourage you to register and participate in the Business as Mission Track at Urbana ’09. Below is a brief overview of the track being offered. For more information, please visit the Urbana ’09 Website.

BUSINESS AS MISSION TRACK

In this track current and future business professionals will be challenged to live a missional life in their context. This track will explore themes of calling, ministry and community.

Capacity: 700

Who should come?
Any students or business professionals who are interested in how business contributes to the Kingdom of God.

Overview
This track will provide an opportunity for students and business professionals to wrestle with the implications of their work in light of the Kingdom of God. The intention is to encourage and challenge future and current business people to live a missional life in their context and to dream of ways to envision business as a vehicle to extend the Kingdom of God.

Director: Al Anderson
Al has worked with Inter-Varsity of Canada for 25 years. He loves to see students become profound initiators of the Kingdom of God. Leadership development is one of his passions. He has a dangerous sense of humor. He holds a B.S in Biochemistry from Stanford, an MBA from University of Washington, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Recommended Reading
Lowney, Chris, Heroic Leadership, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2003

September 21, 2009

Crown Financial Ministries Launches New Video Series

Filed under: Announcements,Changing Lives,Partners — Tags: , , — TimMc @ 1:10 am

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After two years of development, Crown Financial has just released their brand new film learning experience, “God Provides.” This is an excellent series that should be viewed by leaders in every ministry and organization. We think that leaders everywhere will find this film very valuable.

What is God Provides?

“Throughout history, people have wrestled with the concept of trusting God to meet their needs versus relying on the world. Through stirring accounts found in the Bible, God reveals how He wants to be our ultimate Provider.

This film learning experience offers a rich, dramatic journey through six theater-quality, epic short films and printed companion guide that can be used for individual or group study.”

There is a total of six short films in this series. They are:

  • Widow and Oil (from 2 Kings 4:1-7)
  • Jeremiah’s Call (from Jeremiah 29:1-14)
  • Abraham’s Reward (from Genesis 12-15:6)
  • Abraham and Isaac (from Genesis 22:1-18)
  • Rich Man and Lazarus (from Luke 16:19-31)
  • Lifted Up (from John 3: 1-17)

Order the series today by visiting Crown Financial’s website. This valuable resource is a great investment.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Phillipians 4:19 (NIV)

September 14, 2009

The Slingshot: A Future Solution for Clean Water?

Filed under: Business as Mission,Water,West Africa — Tags: , , — TimMc @ 3:07 pm

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Most people know of Dean Kamen as the inventor of the Segway. However, he has been involved in the creation of many great medical devices and other useful items. Now, he’s working on a machine that will purify water.

Here are some excerpts from a recent article found on CNN’s website:

If you listen to inventor Dean Kamen, the biggest health problem facing the world today is not AIDS, obesity or malnutrition. It’s a shortage of water.

Water is the most abundant resource on the planet, yet less than one percent of the Earth’s freshwater supply is readily available to drink, according to the World Health Organization. Lack of accessible or clean drinking water, exacerbated by drought, is crippling communities in many developing countries.

The Slingshot boils, distills and vaporizes the polluted source, in turn delivering nothing but clean water to the other side. And it does it all on less electricity than it takes to run a hair dryer.

“The biggest challenge right now between this being a dream and a reality is getting committed people that really care about the state of the world’s health to get involved,” Kamen says.

The world’s population is quickly approaching 7 billion, making access to clean water that much more important. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, more than 3.5 million people die every year from water-related diseases and almost 900 million don’t have access to a safe water supply.

He says one Slingshot machine can supply about 250 gallons of water a day, which is enough for 100 people.

While it doesn’t look as if the Slingshot will be available in effective quantities in the very near future, it is an exciting technology that certainly should be monitored.

If you are interested in helping to solve the drinking water crisis that is so prevalent in West Africa, we would encourage you to give us a call at 888-771-8717 or email us. One of the primary focuses of our upcoming journey is to provide the means and methods necessary to provide clean drinking water to people who currently do not have access to it throughout West Africa.

September 13, 2009

Join Us at a Finisher’s Forum in Ft. Collins, CO– October 9-10, 2007

Filed under: Announcements,Prayer Requests,Video — TimMc @ 9:09 pm

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Join us at the next Finishers Forum in Fort Collins, Colorado. We will be attending and exhibiting there both days. We are looking forward to the chance to meet and interact with other believers who are passionate about reaching out to people around the world. As you know, we are focusing our efforts on West Africa. The needs in this part of the world are extensive: over 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have AIDS, over 11 million children are orphans, clean water is scarce, and the list goes on and on.

We are excited about our upcoming time in Ft. Collins, CO. Please pray that our time there would be fruitful and effective. Finisher Forums are an excellent way to connect with like-minded, dedicated Christians who desire to make an impact throughout the world for Christ. There will be many other ministries and organizations present at the Forum as well. To learn more about registered and attending the Finishers Forum in Ft. Collins, please visit the Finisher’s website.

Finishers has also put together a great two minute video about what you can expect when you attend a Finishers Forum. Check it out!