Sunday, October 23, 2016

Expanding Legacy

Dois Rosser stands as an example of someone who uses immense giftedness for good. A seasoned Christian, capable businessman, and dedicated philanthropist, Rosser's life work has become helping small Christian communities in developing nations build worship buildings and spawn new congregations.

The 2011 memoir, The God Who Hung on the Cross: How God Uses Ordinary People to Build His Church, published by International Cooperating Ministries, presents the highlights of ICM's twenty-five years of Spirit-driven work. The fascinating and powerful stories of generosity, determination, and faithfulness reveal what an exciting calling it is to follow the God of Resurrection into unlikely places.

The book presents a series of vignettes from ICM's work which are poignant, funny, startling, and inspirational--at times simultaneously so. The weaving together of these stories creates the picture of a man--Dois Rosser--and his fellow Christians who will go anywhere, eat anything, and talk to anyone in service to Jesus Christ. With just a little money (by American standards) and a great deal of persistence and prayer, ICM gives Christian communities a hand up to creating their own houses of worship. Part of the "payback" is that these communities covenant to plant several new churches in future years. Thus, in the process of helping to construct hundreds of buildings around the world, ICM has helped to create thousands of new congregations.

Add to this the Mini Bible College translation program, which has worked hand-in-hand with ICM, and the dividends of blessing multiply to an even greater degree.

Even if we call can't be a part of International Cooperating Ministries, would that we all could use our talents to multiply God's blessings in such an intentional manner. This book leaves me wondering how I can be part of such a wonderful legacy.

Thanks to Nancy Croker, member of ICM's Board, for giving me a copy of the book!

~ emrys

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

After Reading Billy Collins' book: Aimless Love (2013)

Poetry Is

like a conversation with my physicist friend
whose eloquent descriptions of molecular interactions
leave me wondering
whether we speak the same language

until I realize
with a big silent bang
as I run to catch up with her words
that the results of her labor

have changed the way I tell time
and have put a global web of information at my fingertips
and in one Oppenheimerian flash
could change the course of civilization,

and I am struck by awe
not at how different we are
but at the eerie perfection with which
she understands the smallest parts
of me.

~ emrys