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October 26, 2009

Love Thy Neighbor is Not a Piece of Advice

Filed under: Changing Lives,Missions,Uncategorized,West Africa — Tags: — TimMc @ 4:19 pm

“It is a command.” Paul Hewson (Bono, lead singer for U2).

Bono is at times a polarizing figure for some people, however, I think he has hit the nail on the head in this speech. Please watch and listen to what he has to say about human rights in Africa.

If you are interested in seeing firsthand how you can make a difference in West Africa personally or through your business, please contact us here at Purposeful Africa about joining us on our journey in the fall of 2010. We are anxious to get there and expose people just like you to the needs that are so prevalent throughout West Africa.

As Bono said, “We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty.”

October 19, 2009

Finishers Forum was a Success

Filed under: Missions,Partners,Prayer Requests — Tags: , — TimMc @ 5:03 pm


Purposeful Africa’s time at the Finishers Forum in Ft. Collins, CO was such a blessing to us. Check out the picture of our booth! We’re very pleased with the way it looks. There were some great break-out sessions that centered around helping people prepare to do missions and there were at least 4 to 6 topics to choose from for those sessions. We were able to connect with many people who were interested in what Purposeful Africa is hoping to accomplish in West Africa.

In addition we were able to meet and spend a little time with George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilization. He was the keynote speaker and did a fantastic job. Thank you for praying for us while we were traveling and attending the Forum.

October 16, 2009

Finding Your Place in the Fight Against Poverty


World poverty seems like an overwhelming problem at times. You may find yourself asking, “how am I able to make an impact on such a huge crisis?” If you find yourself wrestling with this question, yet still feel like God is calling you to fight poverty around the world, then this book may be an answer to prayer for you.

“The Poor Will Be Glad” is a practical book that will guide you in finding a way for you to effectively fight poverty. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher, Zondervan:

“A compelling call to carry God’s mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world This eminently practical book by two leading experts in the field of poverty reduction offers a clear plan to help ordinary Christians translate their compassion into thoughtful action. Authors Peter Greer and Phil Smith draw on their personal experiences to provide proven solutions for effectively reducing poverty. With photographs by Jeremy Cowart included throughout, The Poor Will Be Glad examines the pitfalls of traditional approaches and outlines a new model of economic development aimed at breaking the cycle of dependency.

Through microfinance and employment-based solutions, people who share God’s heart for the poor can reorient their efforts from giving handouts to offering a hand up, helping others provide for their families and regain their dignity. This book provides straightforward guidance for individuals and groups eager to carry God’s justice, mercy, and compassion to the hurting people in our world.”

Read all of the details about The Poor Will be Glad on Zondervan’s website. If you have had the joy of reading this book, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how it influenced you or changed your view on world poverty.

If you feel compelled and led by God to go and see firsthand what is and can be done to fight poverty, please consider joining Purposeful Africa on our first journey to West Africa in the fall of 2010.

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.


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.

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

August 31, 2009

Short Term Missions…A Blessing to Them or Us?

Filed under: Missions — TimMc @ 3:26 pm

Earlier this summer, an article appeared in Christianity Today (June 2009 issue) that mentioned several things that mirror what our founder, Rhonda Sand, believes about short term missions too.

“Churches are learning that short-term missions are a mixed blessing. Do them, but say the reason we’re doing them is that they help us more than they help the host congregation.”

“Another thing to remember is the cultural and power differences, power in the sense of both political weight and economic influence. If an African church welcomes visitors from the United States and says, “We are so glad to have you here,“ yes, they’re sincere, but they also know that they’re welcoming people from America, who add some prestige and some finances. That may become a paternalistic relationship that goes sour for both sides, or it may turn out to be mutually edifying. It simply has to be done with eyes open and some understanding of the cultural, economic, and political differences.”

These two quotes come from the article, “Global is the New Local”, an article which appeared in the June 2009 issue of Christianity Today. You may read the entire article online at Christianity Today’s website.

While at first, these two quotes might be taken as offensive, perhaps it’s best to read them and then re-read them a second time. Please understand that they are not meant to be offensive in any way. They are merely suggesting that when you, as a church/organization enter into a short term mission trip of any sort, you should understand the implications that your trip may have for both your church/organization and the group of people you are going to engage.

As Christians, we are to go forth into all the world (Matthew 28), no doubt. We just need to understand that while we have a certain set of intentions…God may have a different agenda altogether – for us and possibly for those who we are ministering to as well. We need to be aware of that and flexible enough to move and adjust.

It’s good food for thought and hopefully will be a point of discussion for anyone who is planning to embark upon a short term mission trip.