Archive | Integral Mission
01
Feb

Welfareville

Last evening, my friend Narry Santos and I wandered for a few hours through Welfareville. Really – that’s what the folks here call a massive squatter officially known as Addition Hill, near downtown Manila. What a hopeless name for a slum! Over 100,000 people are crowded into a chaotic urban ghetto, roughly organized into 40 […]

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02
Nov

Healing a Broken World, a few women at a time.

I have just returned from India and am compelled to share a tragic story with a happy ending with you. After the tragic events inflicted against Christians by Hindu fundamentalists in 2008 / 2009, a group of 61 teen-aged women fled into the forest, seeking shelter and safety from the attacks committed against Christians. Most […]

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26
Oct

A Tsunami of Transformation

On Dec. 26, 2004 a devastating underwater earthquake in the Indian Ocean wreaked havoc on the Indonesian island of Nias, the largest of the islands off Sumatra. 122 people were killed and hundreds were left homeless. Shortly after reconstruction had begun, another earthquake struck on March 28, 2005, the second most powerful ever registered in […]

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28
Sep

He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the… smart

I am writing  from Berlin, Germany. Yesterday, I met with two leaders of Friends for the Mission Among Chinese in Germany (FMCD), a German-Chinese mission reaching out to bring the good news of Jesus to the Chinese diaspora here. Our staff, Ruth and John Chan, have been serving faithfully with this organization for the past […]

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14
Sep

Integral Mission and Bug Spray

Chagas 2012 Video from CBM on Vimeo. Adrian Gardner is a believer! He has seen integral mission firsthand in Bolivia. He and a team of Canadian Seminary students witnessed a remarkable program of social and spiritual transformation. Here are his reflections: As a team we had the opportunity to visit the chagas project in the […]

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13
Jul

Are we doing integral mission here?

On the shores of Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) you see stunning, multimillion dollar cottages, pristine yachts and other ostentatious signs of affluence. But in the midst of such wealth, you don’t have to look very hard to find signs of brokenness, poor nutrition, un- and under-employment and poverty. One of my colleagues, Anne Drost, travelled […]

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06
Jul

Blessed are the peace-makers for they will be called “Children of God” (The Beatitudes)

Costly business, being a peace-maker!  That it ranks up there with the poor in spirit, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and the persecuted in Jesus’ hall-of-fame is quite noteworthy.  The price tag can be high. The recompense (being called ‘Children of God’) is amazing. I know a group of God’s children […]

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22
Jun

An Old Prophet and a Young Practitioner

One of God’s prophets came to our office this week and engaged us in a serious reflexion on the future of Integral Mission. Dr. Rene Padilla, Founder of Fondation Kairos and, as pointed out in Wordeed (pg. 46) the Uncle of Integral Mission, addressed a group of Christian leaders that met here. His personal recollections […]

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08
Jun

Proxy Indicators

On today’s homepage for BBC World Service (which happens to be my preferred online source for global news) there is a fascinating story of Mohamed Mahamoud Sheik, a businessman who has opened the first dry cleaner in the city of Mogadishu in Somalia. Check it out at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18357660 Evidently, there hasn’t been a dry cleaner […]

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01
Jun

Random ACTS of Integral Mission

When I was writing Wordeed, I felt an almost magnetic pull to the story of the earliest church, the one recounted by Luke in Acts 2:42-47 & 4:32-35. I re-read them many times but it seemed that  the power of the narrative was lost to me, like a favourite old song that  I had played […]

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