Gaining a Kingdom Perspective. Prepare Yourself. By David Briggs
I’ve always had the conviction that it is important to give back to those less fortunate. Ideally, I would be able to do a lot more than buy some one a meal, but rather help them develop the skills to feed themselves for a lifetime. This is my passion.
We’re are excited to have guest blogger and friend, David Briggs for today’s post. David is the Co Founder of Tricord Global along with myself.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seat belt sign indicating our decent into Ho Chi Minh City.” The voice over the intercom broke the quiet of the fourteen hour fight from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. “Please make sure that your tray table is put away, and that your seatback is in the upright and locked position. Please return any items that you may have gotten out of your carry on luggage and place them in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. Make sure that your seat belts are fastened and prepare yourself for landing…”
I fly thousands of miles a year and I have heard the words of this announcement more times than I can count. However, as I reflect on this flight the two words “prepare yourself” keep rolling over and over in my mind. I have both traveled to over forty eight countries of the world and been involved in several mission’s seminars and projects. This trip started out like countless others, but I was not prepared for what was about to happen.
As I talk with my peers, those who are involved in some type of Philanthropic, missions, or socioeconomic development work, they are expressing the same observation: The landscape of the global community is changing and if we are to make a positive impact on the world for the Kingdom of God and truly lift those people in developing countries out of poverty, we are going to have to rethink and change the way we do missions. We must “Prepare ourselves” to become creative, think outside of the box, and engage our efforts to satisfy the unique demands of missions in the 21st century.
This is the very reason why I found myself becoming a part of the vision of TRICORD global. I knew that it would empower me to accomplish some of the things that have been in my heart for years concerning missions.
So, there we were, Bill and myself, in a van with Chester (Missionary to INDO – CHINA) and leaders of the underground church headed out of town on a four hour drive to teach a leaders seminar and meet with them to discuss establishing a Micro Financing Program to train and put people in business and break the power of poverty over their lives. The atmosphere was charged with excitement and celebration as the Holy Spirit showed up in a powerful way and ministered to all that were there at the seminar. We also had powerful discussions as we discussed TRICORD global’s partnership with those leaders to effect true socioeconomic development in there communities and give many of their people the opportunity to start a business and break the spirit of poverty off of their lives.
We all left those meetings to “Prepare ourselves” to take the next steps to change the face of the way we were doing missions outreach there and add the dimension of holistic empowerment.
How do you give back? What cause are you moved to invest in?
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