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Losing Leaders (rant)

I heard on the radio that the Christian church is growing supa-fast in Asia, and that some folks here think there is ‘an urgent need for trained Christian leaders’.

I also heard on the same radio station that the Christian church in the West, which has a glut of ‘trained Christian leaders’,  is in decline, with people leaving the institutional church in herds.

So why on earth would anyone want to send our ‘trained Christian leaders’ to Asia?

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  1. sloggy
    May 1, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Sounds like a good reason to go to me. You answered your own question. When loggy and I went to Mexico to look for people to reach out to and help a while back and got to know some folks in a couple of congregations we found that they were very inspiring. The two we looked at were more like the new testament church. They are making an amazing difference in so many ways. We gave them a little but they gave us so much more. One of them this year had to ask the people to stop giving finances because they had enough to do the project!! I have never heard of that here anywhere.

  2. May 1, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Fascinating timing on your part with this post! My parents were missionaries in Hong Kong for several decades (I grew up there). They were recently at a fundraiser for an Asian mission they support. The main speaker was a Chinese man. His name is always witheld for security reasons. My parents told me how passionate he is about praying for the American church. How he is so concerned that we are not discipling each other or reaching out to ourselves! We are so good at giving money and evangelizing the world and we have forgotten to be missional here. The Asian church is under such oppression most of the time, yet they grow rapidly because they are in a place where they really know they need God and truly rely fully on him!

    The church in Asia definitely has a burning desire that Americans in particular know the message of Christ!

  3. May 1, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the comments!
    My gut reaction to the radio announcement that ‘Asia needs trained leaders’ was that it reeked of imperialism – ‘We – the enlightened West – will go and tame and civilise the Asian savages’. It borders on arrogance to assume that they need our help, when we are doing just a bad job in our own back yard.
    Sloggy – I hear ya’, that in going you in fact received a lot for yourself. While thats great for you, did they really need you at all?
    Jon

  4. May 3, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Well Jon it is always hard to gauge how much someone needs you. We have prayed together with them about their struggles. For instance we visited was a couple and since then have received fairly regular letters most of the time pretty upbeat about what they have been up to but a little over a year ago the hubby in that couple abrubtly had a heart attack and died soon after so we prayed with the wife and kids as they weathered that crisis. We also did end up being able to help them financially and we exchanged ideas too. They are not perfect some of our struggles here in the states were the same and some were different and so we could be an encouragement to them and they to us as we exchanged info,and even some songs and some game ideas since we were doing some similar kinds of things with kids and adults.Actually we even exchanged some recipes one of which is a favorite here I have made over and over and some language lessons.
    I do think we often give off an arrogant I have it all together attitude when we go to others and it is important to work at realizing people who you might be able to help in one way can help you in another. That is true here as well as in traveling to other countries!

  5. May 3, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Sloggy – I owe you an apology. I was really rude saying “did they really need you at all”. Sorry. In fact you have established an on-going relationship with these people, not just a 5 minute missionary visit wonder (like I used to do with YWAM – buts thats a whole other story). Thanks for your comments.

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