We need a rocketship? Yup.

Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius. – Kennan Birch, Brand Catalyist Partners (a friend whom we have enjoyed getting to know)

A global ministry spanning geography, cultures, customs and languages is complex. As a Global Advancement team, we seek to creatively simplify the complexity of our mission and inner workings of our organization in hope that others will catch the vision for how they can partner with us in helping fulfill the Great Commission. Most of us, when wearing a watch, just want to see the face of the clock so it's easy to see the bottom line...the time.  We work to present the face of our complex organization. 

 Below are two tools that we have created to help us tell about the face of our amazing mission.

This video was created to share that same simple story of what God has called us to do with you via motion and sound. It is under 4 minutes long, and I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for extending your ministry through us so that we can help enable even more (10 million more!) of the Christ follower family to seek our Lord's kingdom first?

Birthdays

Our Madison turned 19. We were spoiled to be able to celebrate her January 8th birthday before sending her back to Palm Beach Atlantic University for her second semester.  

Madison begins our 2015 birthday celebrations. 

Madison begins our 2015 birthday celebrations. 

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Only one week after Madison's 19th birthday, Cole turned 14. Our boy is becoming a man. 

Cole's 14th celebration included a truckload of friends, volleyball, soccer, tetherball, burgers and dogs, s'mores around the firepit, and (drum roll) a viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy to top it all off. 

Cole's 14th celebration included a truckload of friends, volleyball, soccer, tetherball, burgers and dogs, s'mores around the firepit, and (drum roll) a viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy to top it all off. 

...and this man, he takes tetherball very seriously. 

Tetherball champion.

Tetherball champion.

On February 12th, our Kamise turned 11. 

For her, a birthday is only complete with a big slice of peanut butter ice cream pie.

For her, a birthday is only complete with a big slice of peanut butter ice cream pie.

Her new boots inspired her to get her groove on. Her friend party is around the corner and will test mom's sanity throwing abilities with 14 3rd graders on the invite list.

Her new boots inspired her to get her groove on. Her friend party is around the corner and will test mom's sanity throwing abilities with 14 3rd graders on the invite list.

Spying

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They meet every week, depending on God's leadership to direct our global mission to help fulfill the Great Commission. With ministries in 190 countries their scope could not be larger. They call themselves the "E" team, which is short for the Executive Team. This week new global leaders like myself have learned what it takes to guide and govern our worldwide effort. This morning we had a chance to spy, via in room cameras, into one of the weekly meetings of this leadership team and study how they live out our mission, vision and values in real time.

Prayer before the meetings begin

Prayer before the meetings begin

We were briefed before the E Team Meeting's start. We learned how they conduct their meetings with their norms for discussion and decision making. I appreciated the emphases on listening to the Lord and petitioning Him with our cares and concerns. We broke into groups and prayed for their time together and for our time learning from them.

Global leaders from French speaking countries in Africa

Global leaders from French speaking countries in Africa

It is so "other world" to be in meetings where we are translating (in this case from English to French) and where the air is thick with accents from far away places.

Thank you once again for the part you play in enabling Lisa and me to play a part in this global mission of helping to fulfill the Great Commission.

Going Global

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"Welcome to the 2014 Global Orientation for new global leaders!" our vice president of leadership development said in her opening remarks as we embarked in week long meetings introducing new leaders like me to the global theater of ministry for which we are now called to lead. She showed a graphic that pictured the way we are organized. I will include it here. It is complex. Complex in part is what it means to lead globally.

This image describes the leadership structure of our global ministry. 

This image describes the leadership structure of our global ministry. 

It is also big. We are learning how we have structured our work into 13 Areas. Each area has a set of leaders and so the global leadership is made up of a lot of people. 

It is complex. There are many relationships. There are a number of systems to learn. There are many needs.

It is diverse. We have backgrounds, perspectives, cultures and languages to navigate. 

So this week is an orientation to learning to lead in a global context. Pray for Lisa and I as we learn to serve in a global capacity. 

Breakfast Date

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At first I did not want to go. It was going to break up my morning routine. What a goof I am. To think I would have missed all these smiles and giggles. The girls just seem to beam. I guess it is just a special thing for them to have me enter their world (okay, it could have been the donuts that made them so happy). I can't help, but think of some parallels of Jesus entering our world, only with Jesus it was not just donuts with dad, it was the bread of life offering eternal life so that you and I would never be hungry again. I am so glad I came, and I am way more glad that He came.