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…

South Africa Journal 3: Great Expectations

Have you ever found yourself working online, expecting that your internet connection will simply continue to keep you plugged into the world, when all of a sudden, inexplicably, you find that you’re offline? I have, just now. Have you ever found yourself sitting in a coffee shop, expecting that the latte you just ordered will…