The Villages of Ziga The tiny bike path we followed seemed to wind on forever, especially since the landscape didn’t vary. The rocky, sandy terrain, and especially the small knobby bushes were pretty hard on my little pickup’s tires and I worried since I had 400 presents inÃ‚Â the back weighing me down.Ã‚Â But we finally began to see kids pointing toward us calling out “nassara, nassara!” (white person) and we knew we were close. Sure enough, just a head we saw some of the houses: small mud-brick buildings, the metal roofs gleaming in the hot sun, and a bit further, the small school. This village is called Soubeira, and the population is 80% Muslim. As we pull up, we see the fathers and the village elders wearing the traditional Muslim clothes: the long “boo-boo” and the small woven cap. We setup, perform the Gospel drama and present the Good News about Jesus. For nearly everyone there, this is the first time they are hearing about Jesus in a way they can really understand. The children are in wonder at the drama and are nodding their heads during the Gospel message. When asked, nearly all raise their hands to receive Jesus as Lord. The Muslim parents look pensive, their eyebrows furrowed. We distribute the gifts to all the children amidst wild cheers and joy. We thank the school directors...Read More
37 Signals is a Web 2.0 company that has several really cool products on the market. As a Web 2.0 company, all their products are online applications. This one in particular is no exception. It’s called Ta-Da Lists. What does it do? Well, simply put, it’s just a to-do list. That’s it, nothing else. I know, I’ve been to the leadership and time management courses that rebel against the idea of to-do lists. Honestly, I can’t really remember what the reasoning way, something about relating to projects with vision and mission rather than tasks. I guess I can see where they’re coming from, but when I’m running to pick up some stuff at the supermarket, I’ve got a list. If I attempt to conquer my grocery store visit with mission and vision in mind, I’ll be going back later for the eggs. Here’s the skinny. You can sign up for a free account (they’re all free) and create lists. You can have a grocrey list, a honey do list, an agenda for your next staff meeting list… whatever you want. In addition, you can share your lists with others. You might share your honey-do list with your spouse, share your agenda list with your staff or your christmas list with you momma! When you share, others can then add or complete items for the lists you shared with them....Read More
Last night I laughed out loud! From about 9:30 until 11:30, I watched over 30 online registrations come in for an upcoming Lock-In. The deadline was Wednesday and my intention was to pull down the registration at midnight. For about 30 minutes, a registration was hitting my email every two minutes. On Thursday morning I had 2 or 3 emails from forlorn parents begging for mercy as they had missed the deadline. Why do they always wait until the last minute? Ã‚Â One thing I have learned in over ten years of children’s ministry is that many parents will wait until the last minute. For some it may be procrastination and others it may be the whirlwind of life that comes with having multiple kids. Either way, I know I’ve griped about the eleventh hour rush. The knowledge my experience has given me is this: I can’t change this from happening. So, rather than gripe, I’ve come up with a few techniques that have been such a time saver. Ã‚Â **** Let me preface something first. All that I’m saying here is said in the spirit of serving. The only reason I do these events is to serve kids and families. These techniques are not methods to frustrate parents because I’m mad that they wait until the last minute, but tools to help my staff and me to save time so...Read More
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