How God Used Africa to Stretch My Heart

Last week I had the privilege of visiting Ecuador with our partners at Compassion Canada. I posted some reflections on my blog March 30th. I’ve also been fortunate enough to visit the work of another key partner, World Vision Canada. Below is a re-post of my reflections from that incredible trip. ——— [Originally posted September…

Why Leaders Focus on “Starting Points”

I’ll never forget the dazed and confused looks on the faces of the members of our team as we stood there looking at the mall map. We were in Toronto putting on a conference, and during an evening break several of us had piled into a van to dash over to a nearby shopping mall…

South Africa Journal 9: How God Used Africa to Stretch My Heart

I’ve just experienced a truly incredible morning. Here at the Bakubung Bush Lodge in South Africa we woke early to catch the sunrise. Under a brilliant orange sky we saw and heard the wilds of Africa come to life, with exotic birds bursting into song and a herd of wildebeests wandering by. In this remarkable…

South Africa Journal 8: Remembering to Close the Loop

Think about the last time you led a ministry initiative in which you had to call in favours. Perhaps you’re a youth leader who needed to round up extra drivers for that youth ministry outing, and you phoned all those parents to bring their mini-vans to run these kids across town. Maybe you’re a senior…

South Africa Journal 7: Leaders Must be “Thankers”

I’ve heard Bill Hybels talk about times when the team at Willow Creek had performed exceptionally well, and how afterwards he would become a one-man “thanking machine”. I’ve filed that lesson away, remembering it in the form of an axiom, “Leaders must be Thankers”. Today, God used an eight year old girl from the KwaMaphumulo…