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October 28, 2009

Small Loans can Lead to Big Success in West Africa

Filed under: Business as Mission,Changing Lives,Liberia,West Africa — Tags: , — TimMc @ 6:59 pm

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One of the ways that Purposeful Africa is hoping to make a positive impact throughout West Africa is to expose specific needs to people on board our ship who are traveling with us who in turn can provide direct methods for taking care of those needs. One effective way for this to take place is through the use of micro-loans.

As an example of how successful this type of program can be, we found a great example of this happening in Liberia (a country we are scheduled to visit in the fall of 2010). Please visit the Business as Mission Network Website and read the great article entitled “Small-Small Things Make a Big Difference.”

This is just an example of many ways that those people who journey with us to West Africa will be able to make an impact on the poverty that ensnares the multitudes living there. If you are interested in joining Purposeful Africa in the fall of 2010 and being exposed to the many needs there, please feel free to email our founder, Rhonda Sand at Rhonda@PurposefulAfrica.org.

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 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.

July 6, 2009

Business as Mission Conference in Dallas Oct. 14-16, 2009

Filed under: Business as Mission,Changing Lives — TimMc @ 4:21 pm

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Global CEO Network is hosting a conference in Dallas, TX for CEO’s or senior executives who are passionate about using their companies for Kingdom purposes. This is an invitation only event. To learn more about Global CEO Network and to learn more about their organization, please visit their website, www.globalceonetwork.org.

If you know of someone who may be interested in using their company to aid in business as mission, please encourage them to request more information about this conference.

May 27, 2009

Business as Mission with Purposeful Africa

Filed under: Business as Mission — admin @ 3:32 am

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One of the key ministry opportunities that Purposeful Africa desires to facilitate in West Africa is Business as Mission (BAM). While the phrase Business as Mission is relatively new; the concept is not. There have been many businesses around the world who have been engaged in mission for decades. For those who are new to the concept of BAM, here’s a brief definition courtesy of The Lausanne Movement:

Business as Mission is about:

* real, viable, sustainable and profitable businesses;
* with a Kingdom of God purpose, perspective and impact;
* leading to transformation of people and societies spiritually, economically, socially and environmentally,
* to the greater glory of God.

As we continue to refine the journeys of Purposeful Africa, we will be offering more information about BAM opportunities that we have identified in West Africa. We pray that you God will move in the hearts of business owners who will be excited about how their business may make an impact for the Kingdom of God.

Recently, we have come across two great articles that discuss BAM. We encourage you to visit these websites and read them:

Business as Missions
Catalyst conducted separate interviews with three highly regarded business as missions (BAM) practitioners and compiled their answers in this article. We were particularly interested in the intersection of BAM with the local church and agency.

The Church and Business: Working Together in God’s plan of Redemption via Kingdom Business
Most people don’t have a full appreciation of the church and of business, much less an appreciation of how they should work together to accomplish God’s plan to redeem mankind and the earth.

May 20, 2009

Thirsty?

Filed under: Business as Mission,Prayer Requests,Water — admin @ 3:31 am

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“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (NIV)

Clean water is an all too precious commodity that is taken for granted here in the United States. Think about it…long showers, sprinkler systems, car washes, half full bottles of water sitting on our desks and in our cars. We really don’t value clean water…we just expect it to always be there when we want it.

But, it’s a different story in many of the destinations on that are part of the journey for Purposeful Africa. Less than half of all West African residents have access to clean water. This lack of clean, safe water in West Africa contributes to high infant mortality rates, low per capita income and other quality-of-life indicators, landing many countries in the region on lists of the worst places to live. Millions of West Africans are afflicted with water-related diseases, including guinea worm, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis — known as river blindness, and trachoma.

One facet of our journey to West Africa is to expose why it is so essential for people there to have access to clean water. Clean water affects every other aspect of ministry in this portion of the world. Please pray with us that Purposeful Africa, other ministries who are joining us on this journey, and people like you who will be going with us, will be open to providing the tools and finances needed to give people in West Africa access to clean water.