"To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees." -- Billy Graham
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communication
One of the tricky aspects of this job is managing the differences between cultures. Our tiny organization is tasked with navigating the various contexts of sport and culture. You don't have to be a sociology major to imagine that the needs of rural Morocco and urban China, are both literally and metaphorically thousands of miles apart, while both are included in the "10/40 window." The level of sports is wide as well, it is hard to compare Olympic level basketball with recreational ultimate Frisbee. Economics, culture, language, distance - all of it - plays a role in the training, mobilization, support and advancement of sports missions. And much like eating Moroccan food with chop sticks, it's tricky... but good.
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Ezekiel 16:8
"I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: China
For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for continued explosive church growth in the midst of ongoing persecution.
- Pray for Jesus' teachings to take deep root in the culture and expose all false religions.
- Pray for the strongholds of suicide and abortion to be replaced by abundant life in Christ.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.