Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Burn

::: The Pope Opened a Free Laundromat for the Homeless
Link via The Hustle
I think I met those Laundry Love guys mentioned in the article at The Idea Camp.

::: A Fully Autonomous Suitcase
Link via The Hustle [again]

::: Netflix Says English Won't Be It's Primary Viewing Language for Much Longer

::: "The rate determining step of our mission is not the opportunity in front of us, but the leaders developed through us. - @dave_rhodes" via Dan Sadlier

Photo: Old souk, old Dubai.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ember Upcoming

If you are interested in what we do and how we do it, ping for more details:

+ Student service experience - local nonprofit and private school - Friday 21 April
+ Local church mobilization training - Saturday 22 April
+ College service experience - Saturday 29 April
+ College student fellowship - Thursday 11 May
+ Local church student mobilization training - Saturday 13 May

Photo: old and new Dubai.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Creative Revenue Plans - 2017

Ember believes that missionaries of the future will rely on a 'portfolio of revenue.' [credit for this term goes to Ben Arment.] In other words, they will need to actually make some money outside of personal donations. Since 2013, our summer teams have been required to dream and execute a Creative Revenue Plan - a way to make some income based on their talents and gifts. This unique income will go directly towards 10-25% of funding of their missions experience. Prayer and financial support letters are also required.

We ask students to dream up these plans by helping them assess their talents, skills and networks, and this is done as part of their application to summer teams. I'm proud to say that over $16K over revenue has been made as part of these Plans over the past 6 years and it represents students growing in skills such as pricing their product, making a pitch, dealing with customers and lots of hard work. All skills that benefit just about everyone.

This year's plans include: dog walking, landscaping, tutoring, lawn mowing, babysitting and my 2017 favorite - humor [I have no idea what that means.]

Photo: Creative Revenue, buy a Meklit summer special. summer 2015.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Father of the Gazelle

We are cooking - well my wife and mother in law are - a few little Easter dishes since Kt is hosting a little Easter get together later today with her friends at school. So a little jaunt to the grocery store this morning. You should always take advantage of going to a grocery store in another country - it is an excellent cultural experience.

Fascinating mix here: an unreached city and country, hearing the call to prayer a few times a day, attending a church tomorrow for Good Friday [Friday and Saturdays are the weekend here], all with the backdrop of Holy Week.

We are not serving gazelle tonight.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top of the Burj Khalifa

One should never underestimate the significance of architecture in Christianity. - Diarmaid MacCulloch via Justin Long

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Perspectives Peeps

Some of the people and conversations from two classes I taught last week:
+ B, who heads to Turkey later this summer. There are 81M people there but Christians number in the thousands. He gave an open invite for anyone wanting to go with him, long term.
+ Bill Gates is not a friend of unborn babies.
+ What are your best travel tips? [Chase Sapphire cards and put a dryer sheet in your luggage.]
+ MeganC, who was in a student ministry we served with before Ember, who is now serving full time with international students.
+ J, who married a long term missionary sent out to Latin America by one of the host churches. They moved back to be sent out again by this church to plant a Hispanic church in the Annapolis area.

Perspectives has some of the best content for cross cultural people as well as the chance to mingle with these kinds of people.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Burn

::: Empire State of Change
New York City churches tread the line between community center and place of worship; they are a mixture of ESL classes in the basement, bi-vocational pastors, after-school programs and co-op gardens behind project buildings. They are dinner parties on Wednesday nights, and artist collective meetings in recording studios.

::: Building Resilient Kids
In the most accurate sense, it means that a child has good adaptive capacities to metabolize various experiences, even difficult ones, and continue to thrive. It is an important quality for later success in all areas of life, and in my opinion, one of the best things to build into a child.

::: More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

::: When we reach the end of our days our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default - William James via Jon Tyson

Picture: Missions leadership weekend, Annapolis, March 2017.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Support Letters - #1

One non-negotiable of Ember's summer teams is that support letters have to look beautiful. We want them to look like someone took a lot of time and energy in putting them together and that the readers are hopefully impressed when they open them.

Tess has taken all the responsibility for multiple years for helping guide students to not only write good letters but make them beauuuuutiful.

Monday, March 27, 2017

17 Italy Mtg #2

+ More Intros
+ Mantra - In every apple, there is an orchard. [Hirsch]
+ Concept - Indigenous
+ Detailed Support Letter Packaging
PS - They are happier than they look and are starting to perk up.
PS - Not the whole team.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Burn

::: How Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya Is Winning America's Culture War
Ulukaya's distinctive character has always defined how Chobani operates. Ask people who work closely with him, and they'll tell you that there are effectively two Hamdis: the driven businessman out to obliterate his rivals, and the empathetic humanitarian.

::: Starchitect Norman Foster on Taking the Torture Out of Flying

::: The Happiest and Unhappiest Countries in the World

::: Quit looking for the leaders and start building them. @bobhyatt

Photo: Westminster Bridge, Prague 2015 team.