COVID-19 OR A GLOBAL SEASON OF REST AND RESET?

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COVID-19 OR A GLOBAL SEASON OF REST AND RESET?

In a world that is so busy and preoccupied with the haves and have nots, you will always find a lot of people with chronic diseases like Heart disease; Stroke; Cancer; Chronic Respiratory Disease, and Diabetes. The World Health Organisation projected an increase in these diseases by 15% globally between 2010 and 2020. And their projections said that the greatest increase would be in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia where they would increase by 20%. Well, this year has been a very shock to many, the sudden outbreak of Coronavirus in China and spilling over Europe, America then rest of the world has claimed lots of lives and brought many on their knees. People with a previous medical chronic history or vulnerable healthwise mostly have been succumbing to the ruthless virus. It does not discriminate, the casualties have been both the rich and the poor. Countries with assumingly the greatest healthcare infrastructure have been shaken, while the Health workers continue to feel so overwhelmed.

 A state of disaster and emergency has been declared by the majority of countries and border controls implemented with immediate effect causing billions of losses in local economies. In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster, The Police service, and National Defense force were deployed to ensure restriction of movement to try to contain the spread of the virus. Some of the human rights were suspended for a period and every citizen asked to stay at home to limit the spread. These were some of the actions that were implemented with immediate effect:

  • Travel ban implemented from high-risk countries
  • All visas to high-risk countries are canceled with immediate effect
  • SA citizens advised to refrain from all forms of traveling
  • SA citizens returning to SA will be quarantined
  • All travelers returning to SA since mid-Feb will be required to have testing done
  • 35 of the 72 entry ports into SA will be closed
  • All non-essential traveling is prohibited
  • All local/internal flights will be limited
  • Social, Church and political gatherings prohibited
  • Large events, including government, were canceled
  • Schools closed on Wednesday 18 March until after further notice
  • Shopping malls, entertainment centre’s shut down, and only essential stores open and had to boost their hygiene control
  • The government began identifying isolation and testing facilities provincially.

It is Day 26 today we are still on lockdown as I write this article. Global economies have shrunk, we are in a global recession, countries have been forced to introduce economic stimulation packages, South Africa has just announced a R500 billion social and economic relief fund to provide support to the healthcare sector; to relieve citizens from potential hunger and starvation; and to prolong the economic sustainability of businesses, because companies have to continue paying workers who are at home, the government has to make sure people don’t run out of food and necessities, that is why social grants or lots of relief funds are being made available.

So much uncertainty is on the people on whether will they ever see the end of lockdown. Chaos in every part of townships, people are not used to just doing nothing, Restlessness everywhere, people are not used to being restricted to one place. Others have to confront their deepest fears of having to spend time with their own dysfunctional families, spouses, and children which they hardly do. While all this feels frustrating, I believe it is an unpleasant and pleasing setup for God. I believe that even though COVID 19 might have been an instrument orchestrated by the enemy to destroy nations but God is turning it into an instrument to usher the world into a state of ‘Global Rest and Reset’. Rest is not a state of laziness and inactivity, but it is a state of Spirit-led activities in the nation. A magnification of the revelation of God as the Father, the Judge, and the King. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying God killed people, I am saying that in the midst of all the tragedy we are seeing an amazing awakening in the nations, hearts of fathers are turning to Him and towards the children and hearts of children to the fathers. A lot of people are finding time to rest and to reflect on the goodness of God. Others are using this time to reset priorities and align themselves with the mandate of heaven. What more could be pleasing to God than that? We are in the best season of our lives we just don’t know it yet because the voice of the media is too loud and destructive.

A global season of Rest and Reset!

It is interesting to see a pattern of economic crashes occurring every seven years dating back to the Great Depression. The Great Depression suffered its worst year in 1931, then later we have the Arab Oil Embargo, the S&L crisis, Black Monday, the 1994 Bond Massacre, the 2001 NASDAQ crash, and the 2008 Financial Collapse. Each occurred at the very end of a 7-year economic cycle. This seven-year cycle also lines up with the 7 and 49-year cycles of land rest and jubilee debt forgiveness that God commanded the Israelites. The supercycle, the 49-year cycle ends. This is called the Schmita Cycle. It is the “cycle of cycles” that economists have been looking for.  For most of the Economists, this has been regarded as being on the verge of the greatest depression in history, and where most opportunity to profit is for those who would multiple streams of investments. The market crash wipes out equities, and the bond market. Banks close for weeks. No withdrawals at ATMs and that are usually accompanied by the liquidation of so many public and private entities. Then a devaluing of currency. Could these be birth pains of what is coming in 2022? Or it is here already. We are right in the middle of the cycle. We are also confronted with the truth about our global financial system, this year 2020 We have just hit 411 years since modern central banking started in Europe, over 400 years of usury and there is shaking already in the financial market systems of the world. This is all food for thought.

The Schmita (The Hebraic economic cycle)

Every seventh year, the people of Israel were instructed to forgive debts owed by fellow Israelites, refrain from direct cultivation, and permit people and animals to harvest the free-growing crops that remained. The instructions concerning the Schmita are mentioned in passages such as Exodus 21:2; 23:10–11; Leviticus 25:1–7; Deuteronomy 15:1–6; and 31:10–13.

The purpose of the Schmita was to allow the land to recover from agriculture, as well as to provide sustenance for the poor. It was also meant to break the cycle of perpetual debt and poverty in which many people found themselves trapped (Deuteronomy 15:4, 11)

The Sabbath year (shmita literally meaning “release”) also called the sabbatical year or sheviit (literally meaning “seventh”) was the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, [1] and still observed in contemporary Judaism.

During shmita, the land was left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting, was forbidden by halakha (Jewish law). Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming, and mowing) were performed as a preventative measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or other plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also applied to the sale, consumption, and disposal of shmita produce. All debts, except those of foreigners, were to be remitted.

  • Exodus 22:24 (25)—If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.
  • Leviticus 25:36— Take thou no interest of him or increase; but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.
  • Leviticus 25:37— Thou shalt not give him thy money upon interest, nor give him thy victuals for increase.
  • Deuteronomy 23:20 (19)—Thou shalt not lend upon interest to thy brother: interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of anything that is lent upon interest.
  • Deuteronomy 23:21 (20)—Unto a foreigner thou mayest lend upon interest; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon interest; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou puttest thy hand unto, in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.

The Book of Leviticus promised bountiful harvests to those who observe the Schmita, and described its observance as a test of religious faith. As produce grown on land in Israel owned by Jewish farmers could not be sold or consumed, fruits and vegetables sold in that year were being derived from five sources:

  • Produce grown during the sixth year, to which the laws of the seventh year do not apply.
  • Produce grown on land owned by non-Jewish (typically, Arab) farmers in Israel.
  • Produce grown on land outside the halakhic boundaries of Israel.
  • Produce mainly fruits.
  • Produce grown in greenhouses.

The Book of Exodus:

“You may plant your land for six years and gather its crops. But during the seventh year, you must leave it alone and withdraw from it. The needy among you will then be able to eat just as you do, and whatever is leftover can be eaten by wild animals. This also applies to your vineyard and your olive grove.” (Exodus 23:10–11)

The Book of Leviticus:

“God spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, telling him to speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you come to the land that I am giving you, the land must be given a rest period, a Sabbath to God. For six years you may plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and harvest your crops, but the seventh year is a Sabbath of Sabbaths for the land. It is God’s sabbath during which you may not plant your fields, nor prune your vineyards. Do not harvest crops that grow on their own and do not gather the grapes on your unpruned vines, since it is a year of rest for the land. [What grows while] the land is resting may be eaten by you, by your male and female slaves, and by the employees and resident hands who live with you. All the crops shall be eaten by the domestic and wild animals that are in your land.” – Leviticus 25:1–7

“And if ye shall say: ‘What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we may not sow, nor gather in our increase’; then I will command My blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth produce for the three years. And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat of the produce, the old store; until the ninth year, until her produce come in, ye shall eat the old store.” (Leviticus 25:20–22)

The Book of Deuteronomy:

“At the end of every seven years, you shall celebrate the remission year. The idea of the remission year is that every creditor shall remit any debt owed by his neighbour and brother when God’s remission year comes around. You may collect from the alien, but if you have any claim against your brother for a debt, you must relinquish it. …” (Deuteronomy 15:1–6)

“Moses then gave them the following commandment: ‘At the end of each seven years, at a fixed time on the festival of Sukkoth, after the year of release, when all Israel comes to present themselves before God your Lord, in the place that He will choose, you must read this Torah before all Israel, so that they will be able to hear it.’ You must gather together the people, the men, women, children, and proselytes from your settlements, and let them hear it. They will thus learn to be in awe of God your Lord, carefully keeping all the words of this Torah. Their children, who do not know, will listen and learn to be in awe of God your Lord, as long as you live in the land which you are crossing the Jordan to occupy’.” (Deuteronomy 31:10–13)

The Book of Jeremiah:

Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel: I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying: “At the end of seven years ye shall let go every man his brother that is a Hebrew, that hath been sold unto thee, and hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee”; but your fathers hearkened not unto Me, neither inclined their ear.” (Jeremiah 34:13–14)

The Book of Nehemiah: “and if the peoples of the land bring ware or any victuals on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy of them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and that we would forego the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.” (Nehemiah 10:31)

The Books of Chronicles: “… And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon, and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia; to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had been paid her Sabbaths; for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years. (2 Chronicles 36:20–21)

The Books of Kings: (Isaiah speaking) “… And this is the sign for you: This year you eat what grows of itself, and the next year what springs from that, and in the third year, sow and reap and plant vineyards and eat their fruit. And the survivors of the House of Judah that have escaped shall regenerate its stock below and produce boughs above.” (2 Kings 19:20–30)

THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD

God never wanted his people to be in bondage of debts, even though He allowed them to borrow from one another, He made provision by creating laws that will ensure that the cycle of perpetual debt and poverty in which many people found themselves trapped was broken. Imagine if the law was a shadow of things to come, how much more within this dispensation of Grace, God not only made provision for Jewish people, but He has broken down the middle wall between Jews and Gentiles, now we are one with them in the Commonwealth of God. We are no longer strangers in the covenants He made with Israel.

Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, [a]

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19 To proclaim the ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” [b]

What is, “the acceptable year of the Lord?” This term, which Jesus quotes from Isaiah, is used no other place in the Bible. But the meaning is clear: It is the “year” in which the full plan and purpose of God is accomplished, it is also called the year of Jubilee

The year of JUBILEE requires that all land rest, all slaves be freed, and all land be returned to its original owner. This was God’s way, in the nation of Israel, of keeping people free from slavery, and free from debt. But there is a more important spiritual significance to the year of Jubilee. The fact that the year of JUBILEE was every 50th year, and thus completed a cycle of 7×7 years, shows that it symbolized the spiritually perfect plan of God — brought to its fullness.

In our dispensation, this “year” is not a literal year, but the full cycle and a season – ‘the FINISHED cycle — of restoration in God’s redemptive plan’. This “acceptable year of the Lord,” is what Jesus preached all through His ministry, and which He, Himself, came to accomplish.

I believe the Father is bringing His full plan regarding mankind to completion. I strongly believe that the executive orders to stay home are not just the President’s order, but in them there is a Heavenly Executive order of a still voice of the Father saying “ Rest my people, connect with me, let me show you my heart for you, let me show you my heart for your families and the nations. You don’t have to perform to get a blessing from me. I will take care of you and you will overflow and help those who are in need. I will heal you and heal this nation. Just rest and let me be God. I care about you. I allowed my Son to pay the price for you and the nations on the cross. Do not be afraid of COVID-19 and the Recession! Your redemption includes forgiveness of sin, deliverance, healing, and prosperous life which must overflow to others. Don’t get trapped in performance, passion, and possessions trying to please me. Be careful of being on autopilot, let me be the pilot. It is your season to Rest in Me and let me finish what I have started in you, your family and the nations”

Reference: The New Economy Book, by Thabo Mahlobo

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The Tipping Point

 

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We need to prepare ourselves for a possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events, and that sometimes these changes can happen very quickly. Whether it’s the latest trend, crime or viral epidemic. The “tipping point” is the moment of critical mass, the threshold or boiling point where a minor trend suddenly surges to become a significant movement. We recently saw in our country how a student protest on fees suddenly became a National protest and put a country on a standstill, we saw other movements like Zuma Must Fall, Save South Africa, AfrikaansMustfall and Black lives matter. All these just came out of small events and became issues on national importance or areas of contention.

The preaching of the gospel in the first century eventually caused a tipping point in the Roman Empire. No one would have imagined that over just a hundred years, Christianity would have grown from a small, persecuted minority to see even the Emperor declare that Jesus is Lord.

God uses crises and persecutions to trigger a tipping point in our lives that will radically bring change in society and in-turn place us in a larger place of influence. He takes each and every one of us through a process of transformation and change so that we could be His Agents for change that will provide kingdom solutions and answers to the hopeless world.

The story of Joseph in the bible is a clear example of how God uses crisis and events to further His purposes in the earth. Joseph emerged at a time of economic crisis in Egypt. He became one of the strategic figures and Prime Minister in Egypt. He introduced kingdom Economic policies that saved the Egyptians and so many nations. He won the battle for culture. He was entrusted with the whole economic system of Egypt to bring reforms and change to it. Can God entrust you with a solution for your generation?

I believe God is raising up people in South Africa that will be used mightily in the marketplace, because they view their careers as an extension of what He is doing in their lives, and their goal is to advance His purposes in the earth. These men and women will come up with many innovative ideas no one has ever heard of, new industries will be born, and new economic policies will be established in our country that will benefit all the citizens, not just a minority. All the exiles who left the country many years ago will come back to rebuild this beautiful land. And you are one of those people, called for such a time as this!

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The New Economy Recitation

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My heart is overflowing with a good theme of ‘ The New Economy’;

I recite my composition concerning the King’s intentions for my nation and continent – Africa;
An oracle is in my heart;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Waiting to pen down the mysteries concerning Africa that have been hid over the ages but now made manifest by the Apostles and Prophets

My oppressors told me that
‘You are not good enough’
My friends said.
‘You are out of your mind’
My colleagues said
‘You will never make it’
The architectures of poverty in Africa reminded me that
‘Your fathers tried but they failed’
‘You do not have what it takes to bring down such a giant of:
Colonization, Imperialism, capitalism, communism and socialism with just a sling and a stone’

But My Father’s voice echoed in the midst of my confusion
You are my son in whom I am well pleased!
I have called you by my name;
I have called you to be my witness;
I have called you to be my representative among nations;
I have given you nations as your inheritance;

My Father’s voice is powerful
It is majestic;
It strikes with flashes of lighting;
It shakes the deserts;
It is over the waters;
It stills the chaotic ocean of my life;
It roars like a lion in a jungles full of opinions;
But He has raised the standard;
And His banner over me is His Love.

His love compels me to keep speaking this message with power;
His fire burns within me I cannot help, but speak the message;
This is the message! This is the message!

South Africa! South Africa ! There is still hope for your case!
I am doing something new among you!
A new principle and standard will come forth in South Africa!
saying “South African people must benefit first before any company is allowed to benefit.”
And that will be the standard for African nations
New laws and legislation will be put in place that will enforce this.
You will no longer see riches leave Africa to benefit other countries before they benefit Africans

South Africa! South Africa!
My purpose for you is to reach and bless Africa.
You will be a landing strip for nations
A place of launching Economic Reformers!
From the South of Africa to the rest of Africa.
Don’t worry about resources, recession and economic downturns
Your riches and supplies will not come from outside anymore.
They will come out of THIS ground, out of THIS place.
For I will reveal resources you never knew you had.
For I will reveal industries you never knew they existed.

So prepare yourselves, prepare your households, prepare your lives.
Your people will be Key Business leaders among the nations of Africa.
Resourcing nations as I have intended!

The New Economy is here! The New Economy is here!

By: Thabo Mahlobo

Author of The New Economy Book

www.theneweconomy.co.za

I believe NOW is the right time for the Church to IDENTIFY, RECOGNIZE and ACTIVATE Marketplace Apostles!

dsc_0216God is deeply involved in the process of economic reformation. By empowering godly people (just like Joseph and Joshua) in the world of economics (and in other facets of society) He seeks to bless humanity as a whole. The Church plays an integral role in being the resource centre, which provides the information for business enterprises.

The divine motive for wanting to bless and prosper His people is the desire to use these people as a means to indict and displace lawlessness and fraudulent practices in the earth. Anything that does not encourage godliness must be removed. Only that which sustains life and brings back wholesome living is what releases the favour of God into the human arena. God did not give the land to the Israelites for any other reason, but because of the wickedness of these nations. He desires, for His people, to bring back godliness and righteous living in the earth.

Dr. Peter Wagner, a noted church growth expert and former professor at Fuller Theological Seminary believes that in order to see the extraordinary and massive transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous that God has been promising through the prophets, I feel strongly that we must fight and win the battle for the recognition of “Apostles in the Marketplace” over the next few years.

I believe that this will involve bringing an understanding of the following five points.

1. We need to understand the kingdom.

For the last twenty or thirty years, the theme of the kingdom of God has been much more prominent among Christian leaders than previously. We have begun to understand that God’s kingdom is not confined to the four walls of the local church. It exists wherever men and women acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and King. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke17:21). Jesus also told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If we take this literally, our goal must be nothing less than the transformation of society. The principles and values of the kingdom must be reflected in human society to the highest degree possible. How, then, do we move in this direction?

2.We need to understand that there is a church in the marketplace.

The biblical word for “church,” ekklesia, means the people of God. Sometimes it is used for the people of God meeting together, but other times it is used for the people of God wherever they might be found. One day a week the people of God are gathered together in local churches of many different denominations and networks. The other six days they are found in what is being called the marketplace. Wherever they are, however, they are still the church. A good way to think of the two forms of the ekklesia is that the “nuclear church” is what meets on Sunday, while the “extended church” is the people of God the rest of the week.

Keeping that in mind, here are four facts that have huge implications:

  1. Each of these churches has a distinct culture.
  2. The cultural gap between the two is much wider than we might think.
  3. Each culture has its own rule book.
  4.  Most extended church leaders understand both rule books. However, most nuclear church leaders understand only one rule book. It will not be an easy task to see the two relate in harmony and mutual appreciation.

3.We need to understand that Christian ministry is not confined to the nuclear church.

For years, many of us (myself included) assumed that the normal arena for valid Christian ministry was the congregation or the nuclear church. Things have become different now. There is a rapidly growing consensus that the saints do the work of the ministry wherever they are; not just one day per week, but seven days per week. Driving a bus or keeping books or waiting tables or teaching children or enforcing the law or nursing or managing a corporation or other things like that are now seen as forms of legitimate ministry.

Is this biblical? Yes. The biblical word for “ministry” is diakonia. But diakonia is also the word translated as “service.” This means that, for example, when a Christian airplane pilot serves passengers by taking them safely from one place to another, that “service” can also be seen biblically as “ministry.”

4.We need to understand that the church has a God-designed government.

This is the first time in 1,800 years that a critical mass of the body of Christ has agreed that we actually have literal apostles and prophets in the church today. We now believe the Bible when it tells us that the foundation of the church is apostles and prophets (see Ephesians 2:20); and that “God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets” (1 Corinthians 12:28).

If God gives apostles to the church, it is only logical to conclude that He gives them both to the nuclear church and to the extended church. Why is this important? God’s people in the marketplace have known that they are salt and light. Yet many of them are frustrated because, although they have tried, it seems that nothing has changed over the past 10 or 15 years. Why not? I think a reasonable answer to this might be that the spiritual government of the extended church is not yet in place. Apostles are not setting things in order out there as they will be doing soon.

In light of this, we urgently need to do two things. First, we need to identify, recognize and activate our marketplace apostles. Secondly, we need to come to agreements as to how they are expected to function in the extended church.

5.We need to understand the two strategic gates that will be opened by the ministry of apostles in the marketplace.

The first gate will open the way to city and regional transformation. Since the 1990, large numbers of people have been talking about, mobilizing for, praying for, and prophesying into city transformation. But, in over 20 years, we cannot as yet point to one concrete case study of a transformed city. The missing pieces needed to see this begin to happen are most likely fully-functioning territorial apostles and marketplace apostles.

The second gate will open the way for the transference of huge amounts of wealth for the advance of the kingdom of God. For so many years, responsible prophets have been saying that God desires to release this unprecedented wealth. Why, then, haven’t we seen it? Issues of timing must be involved. My best guess is that God has been waiting for two things:

 (1) Recognition of the gift and office of apostle. This initially came into place in 2001.

(2) Functioning marketplace apostles.

A major reason marketplace apostles are needed is to manage the funds that God intends to release. Few nuclear church apostles have the skills to do this well. But without skillful management, these funds could go down a black hole instead of becoming an ongoing supply of wealth for the kingdom of God.

The body of Christ is in an exciting new place. The possibilities of God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven are unbelievable. As we continue to understand and rejoice in the church in the marketplace, we will have the privilege of being front line participants in the great revival that God is preparing to send in our midst!

Dr. Peter Wagner, further confirmed that the workplace movements will provide the next spark for revival in our land.“I believe the workplace movement has the potential to impact society as much as the Reformation did…It is what the Spirit is saying to the churches today.

Over the next five years, believers might expect to see God move in the following ways within local congregations:

  • Intentional training along with practical application in the local church to help men and women understand that their work is a ministry, along with practical application.
    • Churches that equip and support Christians in their workplace callings.
    • The integration of the faith at work message into the focus of the men’s movement.
    • A more proactive acceptance of Faith at Work issues on the part of corporations.
    • Prayer making more of an impact in the workplace.
    • The transformation of cities as those in authority becomes more active and passionate about their faith where they work.
    • A greater expression of faith in government agencies, the entertainment industry, educational institutions and corporate workplaces.
    • A greater number of people coming to Christ as major ministries embrace this movement of God and integrate it in their operations.
    • An increased number of miracles in the marketplace because of Christians who are willing to move into arenas that the religious leaders once believed were taboo.
    • Influential roles for pastors, who, although are often last to embrace the movement, will find it to be the breakthrough they have been seeking.

I honestly believe that 2017 is the right time for us as the Church to identify, recognize and activate our Marketplace Apostles in order to see massive transformation in our cities, regions and nations . I am one of these Apostles in the Marketplace!

Source: Chapter 8, The New Economy Book

Reference: Dr Peter C Wagner, The Church in the Marketplace

Experiencing the Father’s Love: Six things Boys need to hear from their earthly fathers to overcome life’s challenges.

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Many of us believe we are simply unlovable. The wounds we have received early in life have dictated what we perceive and believe about ourselves and God. When we received these wounds it often resulted in shame and subsequent performance in an effort to gain love from those around us. However, until we are healed we will sabotage relationships subconsciously to prove what we perceive about ourselves—that we are unlovable. It takes others who are close to us to recognize this root issue in our lives and be willing to love us unconditionally. God forces us back to the place of our wound in order to bring us to a place of freedom and deliverance into the broad place He desires for each of us.

Many of our young people suffer from emotional abandonment. Their fathers failed to invest emotionally in them and they grew up angry, not knowing why they are angry. It is because they were not given what every child needs—emotional intimacy with their fathers. Emotional validation is so important to children and teenagers, it tells them they have value and are loved. Withholding affirming words and appropriate physical affection can be as damaging as negative words or no words.

God made me revisit my place of wound in order to give me deliverance and freedom, and in the process I discovered that I was not wounded by negative words spoken to me, but it was the positive words withheld, never spoken to me that really wounded me. I was emotionally abandoned.

To truly believe we are loved by God and can experience that love, we must overcome a number of personal hurdles. Many of us must overcome the dysfunctional family systems we were brought up in. Our earthly fathers may have taught us that a Heavenly Father could be a dictator, a rejecter of his own offspring, a sexual abuser, a boot camp sergeant, or a traffic cop. These attributes have been the only characteristics of earthly fathers that many people have known. So, to relate to a Heavenly Father as unconditionally loving requires a miracle of sorts. There must be a time of healing from such wounds in order to experience God at a deeply personal love level. This often requires an intentional process of counselling or personal ministry. We must replace what we experienced with what we know the truth to be—that we are loveable and that our Heavenly Father loves us.

Six things Boys need to hear from their earthly fathers to overcome life’s challenges.

1.I love you!

I’ll be honest with you. I do not remember my father ever even putting their hand on my shoulder or ever hearing the words “I love you.” I barely remember my father or brothers or sister ever even talking to me until I was an adult, so my wound was that no words were spoken to me. The message I received from this wound was that “you have no value” so I ran through life doing whatever I could to create value and prove my worth. The lies were that I had to make it on my own, no one would ever be there for me and the outcome and the results were completely up to me.

When I first heard that statement in the Bible, I found it hard to grasp. “Yeah, I believe that God loves me if I have been good and not sinned.” Or, maybe I might think, “Yeah, I guess I can believe that sometimes.” Or, “Well, you don’t know how much I’ve failed God.” That one statement can reveal how much we’ve all been impacted by shame and our need to perform to gain love. Satan kept pouring on the lies that there must be something wrong with me and if I ever failed I deserved to be punished. I felt like a small beggar child in life alone and vowed that no matter what I would make it on my own, be self sufficient and never let anyone get too close to me. If they did, they would only hurt me, reject me and I’d be alone and let down. I soon grew into a young man and was not prepared for taking the world on all by myself so I became a “distant, self sufficient man” bent on succeeding no matter what and never knowing what intimacy and true love was.

In my own experience, deep down I didn’t really believe God loved me without conditions. Part of me required me to earn that love. Our actions often determine what we really believe about God, don’t they? Our ability to see God as an unconditionally loving Heavenly Father is formed by many factors—our earthly father, the type of parenting we received growing up, and the wounds we received as a child. Even today I still long for that day where my father will give me a call and tell me that he loved me. But thank God that He has helped me see beyond this and look unto Him as the perfect Father who loves unconditionally, and I can rest in his love.

 2.You are my beloved son and I am well pleased with you!

If we do not receive words of validation and emotional love from our earthly fathers and our Heavenly Father, we will often seek that validation through our achievements like sex, romance novels, shopping, and any number of pleasure-focused activities. We will struggle with uncertainty in our core and will be ruled by fears and the opinions of others, hoping for someone to notice us.

One of the things plaguing our generation is people trying to figure out who they are, lost is gender identity, trapped by the performance spirit trying to earn the rights to be called sons and daughters. In my own experience I tried earning my place in the family through my studies, I made sure that I passed with flying colours so that I could hear my Dad saying I am pleased with you. When I went to University I failed for the first time and I struggled to reconcile that failure, I took it as a failure to please my Dad, and I felt I had lost my spot in the family as a son.

Little did I know I had become a slave to performance and self sufficiency and with that came a prison. If I could prove my worth and make it on my own all would be well but it was not. I ran to ministry for validation and to the woman for comfort. This combination no matter how hard I tried never worked because the only validation I had was when I was in ministry and I actually went through almost a 10 year period of uncertainty, rejection by Pastors and chaos in ministry. If I wasn’t in ministry there was no validation, only fear of rejection.

The story of Jesus was my turning point, when He was baptized a voice came from heaven saying You are beloved Son in whom I am well pleased! What is amazing with this passage is that Jesus had not started his ministry, had not performed any miracle nor healed anybody, But God was pleased with him. This set me free, I knew that I was God’s beloved son irrespective of any credentials and achievements.

3. I am disappointed with what you did, but not with you!

For years I struggled with the spirit of rejection, as teenagers growing up, we do many things that are not proper and we rebel at our parents which sparks up conflicts. My mother’s parenting strategy was simple, you mess up she beats you up and gets over it, but my father would just give you a silent treatment, you weren’t sure whether he had forgiven you or you will pay for your sins later. This obviously made me believe a lie that he was disappointed with me rather than what I have done. As I grow up in the faith I noticed that I struggled with the same thing, reconciling my disappointments with God.

 Whenever I failed I felt like God was angry at me because I did something wrong or I did not do something he expected. Every time I struggled with a certain area of my life I would immediately attribute it to myself, maybe something is wrong with me or God is not happy with me, why is He giving me a silent treatment? Why is God silent at the time I need Him the most?

The first example of a spirit of rejection operating in the Bible was in the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. When Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord, God rejected Cain’s offering. The reason was that Cain brought his offering out of duty, but Abel offered his from his heart. God judged Cain’s motive and rejected his offering. However, God did not reject Cain as a person. It was here that the spirit of rejection began to influence Cain and he believed the lie that God did not love him and had rejected him.

“Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’”4

God tried to warn Cain that what he was doing was not pleasing, but Cain believed that God was rejecting him personally, and he got angry. This led to bitterness toward God and envy and jealousy toward his brother. This root of bitterness grew to murder. God warned Cain that “sin lies at the door.” Cain sinned by believing a lie about not being accepted by God. Shame (his countenance fell) tells us that WE are not acceptable; guilt says we did something wrong and need to repent, but we are still accepted by God.

For many of us the Christian life has been more about avoiding sin, performing, and judgment than about knowing that God deeply loves us despite our successes or failures. He loves us no matter what our performance has been. I state this not to give license to sin, but to recognize that the central character trait of God is love, not judgment. God only gave two primary directives in the Old Testament and repeats them in the New Testament: “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.”5 You will fulfill all other things by fulfilling this command. In order for that to be a reality, you must believe you are loved and you must love yourself. You cannot love God or others if you don’t believe you are loved and you don’t love yourself. We love in response to perceived love. We become vulnerable enough to be loved. Yet from the beginning, humans rejected this in favor of what they perceived to be freedom. This resulted in being separated from the intimacy of our Heavenly Father.

God created us foremost for relationship and second for mission. He desires our companionship. His heart longs to connect with our heart. He reveals this in one of my favorite passages from Jeremiah 9:23-24: Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

After screaming out at God, “why did you abandon me?” I finally heard his voice. “I have been here all along.” I had accepted Christ 10 years earlier but continued to wrestle with trusting him and trusting that his heart towards me was good. I could only relate to him as I related to my earthly Father. You’re on your own; figure it out with nothing but silence and absence.

I now share my story at men’s weekends/ Camps, and whenever others mention their stories, like “Even though I grew up in a home, I still feel like I am literally an orphan”. These words still bring tears to my eyes and we would pray for one another and break agreements with shame and rejection. The good thing is that now every day and night, I am awakened to the truth that God say to me, “You are my son, I love you and I’m proud of you.”

To be continued……………

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Shattered Financial Dreams: Six reasons why we struggle to overcome financial loss

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I recently had an opportunity to write a book on Financial Intelligence which is scheduled to come out in 2017/ 2018. I am not a Financial adviser nor Financial planner, however over the past years I have learnt a lot when it comes to finances, and had a chance to engage with different financial advisers and Financial planners.

Financial planners/ advisers can help you develop a great financial portfolio, help you choose which mutual fund, bonds and equity market to invest in. I have also realized that they cannot really help you with the emotions and grief that come when a sudden and unexpected loss of assets happens due to recession or any other type of loss.

When I lost my job years back in 2009, I started a very tough financial journey.  I was forced to consider selling my house, before it was repossessed by the bank. The business I had started was not really doing well and I could not get any other job. I was also defrauded by a very close person, we went on a particular business deal, we both put money and formed a Joint Venture and got the job done, when funds were paid, she immediately started giving me excuses, it went on for months, disputes came in and nothing really helped. It took me months to realize that I was not going to get any cent from her. I lost my car in the process because we had put it as collateral for the funds used for the business contract we had. I had to obviously start everything all over again.

How do you then overcome such a loss? I learned something in all this that there is a particular kind of grief that comes along with this type of incidents: sudden and unexpected loss of assets and the emotions that follow.

Yes, It is true that people can actually grieve over lost money, houses, and cars. Any kind of loss can trigger a grief reaction. Think back to when you lost something important to you. Maybe it was a relationship, a house, a car, or your job. You probably experienced some of these emotions.

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Guilt/self-reproach
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Shock
  • Yearning
  • Disbelief
  • Confusion
  • Preoccupation or rumination

Or these behaviours:

  • Sleep and/or appetite disturbances
  • Absentmindedness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Crying
  • Restlessness

This is just a partial list of the feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that are a part of the grieving process. If you remember living with some of these when you had a loss, you were likely experiencing grief.

We’re accustomed to thinking of grief as something that occurs only after a loved one dies. The problem with this is that we tend not to acknowledge our feelings as grief when we lose something other than a loved one.

So, can we really grieve over losses brought on us by financial difficulty?

Financial loss is not only about money. It probably wouldn’t be so devastating if it were. Let me share with you six reasons why we often struggle with overcoming financial loss, I have taken some of the points from an article by Bobbie Emel on bouncing back from financial grief.

Six reasons why it is difficult to overcome financial loss

  • Embarrassment: It’s one thing to tell someone that a family member died, but a completely different thing to share that you lost your money in a Ponzi scheme, Forex while trading, job loss, or any other issue related to recession. We don’t usually chat with our neighbours and peripheral friends about issues related to money; it’s just not one of our cultural norms.
  • Loss of identity: You used to be a Banker or Engineer who owned a house and had enough in the bank to put your kids through university and now you are an unemployed Dad / Mom who lost his/her house due to Foreclosure and had to move the family in with the in-laws. Maybe your situation isn’t that drastic, but you get the idea. You identify with your work and your social status, among other things, and so you might be unsure of who you are right now.
  • Feelings of betrayal: Dealing with a loss is difficult enough without the added emotional fallout from feeling betrayed by an Employer you have served faithfully for years or a business partner you’ve trusted for years. Now you are not only dealing with grief, but anger and resentment as well. In addition, the anger and resentment may be at a spouse, friend, or relative who gave you bad financial advice.
  • Denying the magnitude of the loss: It is very easy to think, “I shouldn’t be feeling this bad. It’s not like someone has died.” You devalue your own feelings because it’s “not as bad” as something else.
  • The thought that financial crisis = personal failure: “If I was a better money manager, this wouldn’t have happened. I’m such a loser.” “Why did I listen to that broker? I knew better. This is all my fault.” “I must be a real loser to have thought I could refinance my house with a mortgage bond in the first place.” This mythological thinking is very easy to fall into, but certainly not helpful (or true.)
  • Lack of social ritual for this kind of grief: We have many rituals for the death of a person: funerals, memorials services and other family gatherings etc. These customs help us with closure and adjusting to the world without our loved one. But there are no rituals around the loss of finances and the dreams that went with them. We are left feeling unfinished and lost….to be continued.

If you have experienced any kind of loss, you are likely to experience a sense of grief. You might be going through a series of emotions right now. I know a friend of a colleague who experienced loss and could not take it anymore and ended up committing suicide, leaving his wife with 3 children.

Feel free to call us, send us an email or anything, We will make time for you,we have personally experienced a whole lot of those emotions and had to overcome them, that is why we have dedicated our lives to providing support to anyone who might be going through the same experience.

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Entrepreneurs stay in startup mode way too long. It’s time for change!

nthabi1528628_338515449622998_1897826699_n“Entrepreneurs stay in startup mode way too long. Keeping a small business in startup mode requires you to stand on the brake. If you keep telling people you’re “just a startup,” you will never take actions for real growth.

It’s time to move from startup to grown up mode and from planning to doing. In two years, you want to look back at your startup phase as an important part of your thriving business’ history. You want to say,”I remember when I was sitting on my floor packing boxes myself. Now I employ over 100 people.” This is the mindset to move towards and here are five ways to do it:

1. Delegate. When you’re in startup phase, you are handling everything. To become a going concern you have to start investing in people to do tasks you can no longer do. Three quarters of all small businesses have zero employees, which underscores the resistance people have to delegating. You have to grow your business. It is a misnomer to think people cost money. A lack of production and failure to grow your business costs far more. 

2. Pick your battles. Don’t get wrapped up for a week deciding on a logo when it ultimately doesn’t matter. Your brand will evolve as your business evolves, so your logo is likely to change. There are more important things to obsess over — gaining customers, serving existing customers and making profit. When you are hunting big game, don’t swat mosquitoes.

3. Get attention. The single biggest problem every startup has is becoming known. Your most important task is to get attention for you and your company. It’s the gateway to every dollar you raise. Muhammed Ali told the world he was the greatest long before anyone knew him. He got attention and infuriated people. But he proved himself, which turned criticism into world admiration. Get attention. Get critics. Then get admiration.

4. Change your pitch. Instead of saying “I own a small consulting company,” say “I own a consulting company like none other that guarantees your company increased sales.” Notice the difference? The first makes you seem small and insignificant. It makes no claim. The second makes you seem unique, confident and capable of being a money maker. Know how to pitch yourself and your business. Be ready to quickly explain what your company does that is better, faster and of value to the marketplace. Then, make big claims to the world.

5. Create urgency. If you start a business venture without setting specific timelines for action and achievements, you will be stuck forever with excuses. One of the biggest mistakes I have made in business was not operating with enough urgency. Being an entrepreneur is a marathon activity with lots of sprints. Win a lot of little races and you will provide your people and company with momentum.

Remember: Your vision is not improved by staying in startup mode. It’s time to accelerate and become a grown up business.

Source:

Author – Grant Cardone is an international sales expert, New York Times best-selling author, and radio show host of The Cardone Zone

Author- Thabo Mahlobo, The New Economy, Developing an entrepreneurial culture

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“Workplace Movements will be one of the core future innovations in the church” – George Barna.

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One of the great mistakes of the modern church is to think that evangelism is something done within the four walls of the church building. Acts 8:1-4 makes it apparent that evangelism was not done by the pastor or clergy but by believers that went everywhere preaching the Word (Acts 8:4).

Some methods of evangelism mentioned in scripture are:
(1) House to house evangelism – “…and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42).

(2) Personal one-on-one evangelism – Philip ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-38), Paul to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7), Jesus to Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus,the woman at the well, the thief on the cross, and others. There are around 35 such instances recorded in the Gospels alone.

(3) Evangelism to large crowds – Peter ministered to the crowds in Jerusalem at Pentecost (Acts 2) and Paul at Lystra (Acts 14:8-18).

(4) Evangelism to entire cities – “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them” (Acts 8:5).

(5) Public debate and preaching – Paul disputed in synagogues and market places(Acts 16:17), Peter and John preached in the temple (Acts 3:11-26), Paul declared, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you PUBLICKLY and from HOUSE TO HOUSE, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:20-21).

(6) Tract evangelism – The first tract evangelism with ink and pen are the Gospels. John in his gospel stated, “These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His Name” (Jn. 20:31).

Christians are to be wise in the way they act and speak to unbelievers. We are to make the most of every opportunity. The Christian’s speech should be gracious with answers that meet the needs of each person they encounter.

For many years Christians have heard of and channeled prayer, money and energy into the “10/40 Window.” What is the 10/40 Window? 10/40 Window.org says: “The 10/40 Window is an area of the world that contains the largest population of non-Christians in the world.
The area extends from 10 degrees to 40 degrees North of the equator, and stretches from North Africa across to China.” The Christian community for years has enacted a strategy to evangelize the people in this region of the world.

The FAW movement awakened believers to another window of opportunity called the 9 to 5 window. It is not a supposed, far-flung place, inaccessible by most people. It is just around the corner where people go to everyday.

Os Hillman in his book, Faith @ Work, says that a “Faith at Work” movement is sweeping across our land today. He calls it the “next great movement of God and likens it to a sleeping giant that is being awakened and starting to take our nation by storm.

This movement is fueled by Christians who take the Great Commission seriously and apply it to the area of their lives where they spend the majority of their working hours. It is a movement that reaches beyond the walls of the church. It is believers practicing relational evangelism in their spheres of influence in order to see people reached for Christ.

Os believes that Christianity is on the precipice of a large movement of God through believers in the workplace. “We are now seeing early glimpses of what can happen in and through the life of a Christian who is willing to break the sacred/secular divide that has held sway since the days before the Reformation.”

George Barna believes that “Workplace Movements will be one of the core future innovations in the church”

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The importance of Employee Counseling

employee_counselling“Organizational behavior is an important component of the workplace. Human beings comprise an organization and their mindset and behavior affects the overall effectiveness of the work produced by the firm. The employees face various challenges while at work and a firm needs to have methods to help employees cope with them”

  • Employee counseling is one such method used to support employees
  • Employee Counseling is a process of
    • clinically assessing
    • advising solutions for improving
    • offering development programs
    • evaluation of the results – post counseling session.
  • Employee counseling is a talk between the employee and the reporting SENIORS/MENTORS/COUNSELORS about performance related topics of the employee.
  • Employee counseling session must be planned ahead of time and the employee must be given a notice in advance.
  • Counselor and employee must sit for a session when there is enough time for both of them to spend on it. Interruptions must be avoided at all costs.
  • Only those factors that are related to that session must be focused on. For example, if the issue is about the number of hours the employee is putting in a project only that aspect must be touched upon and not irrelevant issues such as morality or character of the employee. However if the session is about morality and character, that should be the focus and not other unrelated issues.
  • Objectivity must be maintained at all times.
  • Confidentiality must be maintained.

There are five objectives to counseling.

1  The employee must agree that there is a need for counseling;

2  The cause of the problem must be identified;

3 .Agree upon some action plans;

4  Have regular follow-up sessions;

5  Give recognition to the accomplishments of the employee.

There are six main steps in effective and supportive counseling.

  1. Show confidence in the employee’s ability and willingness to solve the problem. Ask him or her for help in solving the problem.
  1. Describe the performance problem. Focus on the problem or behavior that needs improvement, not the person. Ask for the employee’s view of the situation.
  1. Determine if issues that exist limit the employee’s ability to perform the task or accomplish the objective. Four common barriers are time, training, tools, and temperament. Determine how to remove these barriers and add these actions to the overall plan.
  1. Discuss potential solutions to the problem or improvement actions to take. Ask the employee for ideas on how to correct the problem, or prevent it from happening again. Offer your suggestions.
  1. Agree on a written action plan that lists what the employee, the supervisor, and possibly, the HR professional, will do to correct the problem or improve the situation.
  1. Set a date and time for follow-up. Determine if a critical feedback path is needed, so the supervisor knows how the employee is progressing on the plan. Offer positive encouragement and your confidence in the employee’s competence to make the needed improvements.

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Who should be responsible for the development of local communities?

13680915_1189264827803206_2348208007316724309_nEconomist Adams Smith believed that in the long-term, individuals best serve public interests by pursuing their own self -interest, and that the government should have little interference as possible

Economist Milton Friedman elaborated on Smith’s ideas and said that, when an organisation makes a profit, it is being socially responsible, Friedman believed that diverting organisations from the pursuit of profit makes the economy of a country less efficient, According to him; private organisation should not take responsibility belonging to government.

Friedman’s view represents one extreme of the debate on social responsibility, at the other extreme are those who argue that the social responsibility policies should be part of an organisation’s mission statement, and most leadership views on social responsibility falls in these two extremes

However I believe we all need to play an active role in the development of our local communities.We must be willing to take part in responsibilities, such as

  •  Community development programs
  • Training and development of the local population
  • Sponsorship for schools and sports
  • Preservation of historic buildings and heritage sites
  • The creation and promotion of an economic infrastructure
  •  Environmental protection and ecological control
  • Provide low cost housing for those who cannot afford housing
  • Provide health and medical support to the poor

Our involvement in Community development should be deeper than just giving a helping hand and doing local communities a favour. It must be beyond mere humanitirianism.

We do not only need the heart for the poor and marginalized, we also need the mind for the poor and marginalized. Our charity must be grounded in truth, the truth of economics and the truth about the human person that they are created in the image of God with a creative capacity that must be given an opportunity to flourish.They need access to markets, property , land rights, fair trade policies and the rule of law that favour them, and not just a minority.

Who can be a Community Worker?

  •   Need not be a professional
  •  He/ She can be a Minister, Teacher, Nurse, worker representing a government , non government agency or any one with a keen interest in the welfare of people
  • He / She is sent to an area by the authority or agency he represent, or invited
  •  Because of his/her position and expertise he/she is ideally suited to involve himself in community development.
  •  His/her purpose is not to bring life to the area but rather to organize the life that already exist to realize some objectives( in partnership with the action group)
  •  The Action Group use his/ her expertise and knowledge in decision making
  •  He/she must be more concerned about people(abstract gains than concrete objective)
  •  Certain leadership attribute are expected from him

  Qualities of a Community Worker

  •    He / She should be Accepted and Trusted by people
  •  He / She should be a Good Communicator
  •  He / She should Knows his Client population
  • He / She should Move as far as possible with the people pace
  •  He / She should be Reliable and Responsible
  • He / She should Recognize the local political structure
  • He / She should Respects the people, has their interest at heart
  • He / She should be an Expert (possess technical and professional knowledge the action group lack)
  •  He / She should be a Guider (Broader and a longer view-Aware of consequences)
  •  He / She should be an Enabler(His/ Her aim should be to get the people involved and get them to take the initiative-He present what should be done)
  • He / She should be an  Advocate/ Mediator ( He has contacts with the outside world)
  • He / She should be a Motivator

-His/ Her Body language

–  Events and progress around (small projects progress reports)

– The presence of resource

– Zeal, enthusiasm and positive thinking

Practical Steps involved in Community Development

  •   Go to the People
  •  Live among the people
  •  Learn from the people
  •  Plan with the people
  •   Start with what they know
  •  Build on what they know
  •  Teach by showing, learn by doing
  •  Not a showcase but a pattern
  •  Not odds and ends, but a system
  • Not a preserved but an integrated approach
  •  Not to conform but to transform
  •  Not to relief but to release

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