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Listening

Today was the final day of the conference.  We heard about partnerships.  I “listened” about collaboration and partnerships.  “The world we once knew, no longer exists,” shared David Ruiz, from Guatemala.  “It is now from everywhere to everywhere.”   

It is about learning to humbly give and receive resources.  It is “multidirectional in nature”.   

And it is demonstrated not only in the Trinity, but in God’s many dealings with His people (for example, with Adam & Eve or with Abraham).

A question that often came up was: What assets and challenges do global church partnerships bring? 

We certainly need to think about an answer to that question, but we also desperately need to hear what others have to say.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Dave, I am, by nature, a doer and not much of a sit&thinker. I am asking the question, who is now doing if we are encouraging sitting and thinking? Are we doers things of the past and obsolete?

    What do you think?

    don

    • Our “doing” needs to be informed and framed by our “listening”. It is a both/and situation. With mission being from everywhere to everywhere, we will need to learn how to both send as well as receive.

      The question I raised at the end of this post was meant to help us realize that we need both to respond (“do”) to the need for global partnerships, as well “listen” to workers and agencies from different parts of the world in order to create/build strong global partnerships.

      Doers are always needed, but those of us who are “doers” need to further develop a listening heart.

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