Month: May 2014

Feeling Linky, Punk? 5.12.14

Feeling linky, punk? Here’s some dope links for those who are:

Think you don’t need sleep? Think again. 50 Good Reasons To Sleep Longer.

Omsignal Smart Shirt.  – Finally! If we aren’t already connected enough here’s a “smart shirt” for only $199 that acts as a “dashboard” for your life. It measures how your body responds to, well, anything you throw at it.

Crazy…at the end of each day in Beijing,China, Kenny G’s “Going Home”  is looped and blared on loudspeakers as a city-wide call for everyone to close up and head home. And no one knows why. Check it at The Verge – Kenny G.

Check out these drones. No controversy here. Their mission is to sound amazing.

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Missions Monday – The 10/40 Window

Where is the gospel needed most? Well, everywhere, by everyone, always. However, there is a strategic way of looking at the places in the world where the gospel has yet to be shared or that has very few believers altogether. This is the 10/40 Window.

The Joshua Project is an very helpful site for the pulse of gospel-need in places the name of Jesus has scarcely been heard, if heard at all. Here they break down the need on for the gospel in this part of the world:

“The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. The original 10/40 Window included only countries with at least 50% of their land mass within 10 and 40 degrees north latitude. The revised 10/40 Window includes several additional countries, such as Indonesia, that are close to 10 or 40 degrees north latitude and have high concentrations of unreached peoples. See the original and revised country lists on this page. An estimated 4.65 billion individuals residing in approximately 8,349 distinct people groups are in the revised 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world such as the ShaikhYadava,TurksMoroccan ArabsPashtunJat and Burmese.

The 10/40 Window has several important considerations: first, the historical and Biblical significance; second, the least evangelized countries; third, the unreached people groups and cities; fourth, the dominance of three religious blocs; fifth, the preponderance of the poor; sixth, the strongholds of Satan within the 10/40 Window.

An estimated 2.85 billion individuals live in approximately 5,823 unreached people groups are in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window also contains the largest unreached peoples over one million. In addition, the 10/40 Window contains the overwhelming majority of the world’s least evangelized megacities — that is those with a population of more than one million. The top 50 least evangelized megacities are all in the 10/40 Window! That fact alone underscores the need for prioritizing 10/40 Window Great Commission efforts.”

How will you reach the staggering number of people who live in this part of the world? How will I? By the grace of God and in His power alone we can pray, send and go. 

For more on the 10/40 Window check out The Joshua Project’s page committed to this area of the world.

A Brave Boy Named Bill

Check out this awesome story of Bill, a young man who has impacted my life in a huge way in the short time I’ve been at Willowbrook. So cool.

Dreaming With Your Feet

Me and Bill in January Me and Bill in January

Last week, I mentioned a student who would miss our recital because he would be having surgery to remove a suspicious mass. The final diagnosis came today … that student, Bill, does have cancer but the doctors are sure they caught it early, say he only needs two rounds of chemo and are confident of a complete cure.

Hearing this news takes a little of the sting away … at least it will just be two treatments, at least he will recover completely. Thank you to all of you who reached out to me after the last post, expressing your support of our organization, our students, our volunteers and the families who have suffered tremendous losses this year.

I’ve been working on two other posts for this week – a recap of our gloriously amazing recital on Saturday afternoon and another on our “Next Step”…

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When Spinning Chaos Comes

When spinning chaos comes we hide, sigh

A wake of folded, crumpled memories left behind

In piles of mangled metal, wood, brick and mortar

Mud stained clothes and toys

Strewn photographs, trees and tears litter

Where structure stood.

 

When spinning chaos comes we have relief

As Grace tracks it away from our street

Sparing some of loss and lives

We emerge thankful although hurting

For those suffering and enduring

Where their lives stood.

 

When spinning chaos comes the King is near

Who knows our pain and dissolves our fear

With boots on the ground and knees bent true

He will rescue and heal

He will stand and be their true dwelling

A strong tower where their lives and homes stood.