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Let’s Get Some Meat On These Bones

February 7, 2010

For the first year of our time here in Rwanda, (and even longer than that for some of our colleagues) we have been learning language, absorbing the culture and getting adjusted to the differences in life. Now those things won’t stop, in fact the amperage on each of them is being turned up a few notches.

For the last six months, our National Disciple Making Movement of Rwanda Team has been sorting through the arduous rhetoric of Mission Statements, Vision Statements and Core Values. We have been guided through the operation through our teammate Murphy Crowson with the experienced help of his father and mentor Marvin – Thanks so much to the both of you. Once we had these important tenets defined, we could look at the future of God’s work for us.

Amazing to all of us was that once we started the process it was like constructing a body. In the beginning, we through out terms that were like a pile of bones in the room. It took a while to see where the first few bones would connect, but once a few of them were in place, it was easier to see where the next joint should be. Finally, in December, we felt like we had a pretty good skeleton constructed.

But a skeleton can’t walk without some muscle on it.

This weekend, we joined together, 13 men and 9 women, to pray and receive God’s plan for the next five years of work in Rwanda. A truly remarkable thing happened as we broke out into task forces to develop plans. God chose just the right team members for the task groups, He inspired each one with dreams, then He plotted courses for the completing of these tasks.

God, himself started putting the muscle on the bones.

Are the dreams outlandish? Yes. Are the goals daring? You know it.

For example: the group tasked with fulfilling the first segment of our mission statement came up with an audacious prayer plan. They are going to have people praying every hour, in every time zone, in all 50 states of America in five years. Sound lofty? I thought so.

Another example: we will have Disciple Making Groups of multiple Discovery Bible Study Groups in all 157 sectors of Rwanda. Making your head spin? Mine too. Then I heard the words of Jesus from Luke:

What is impossible with men is possible with God.

The thing that I love about this kind of planning is that the ideas are so big, that if … no WHEN they come to pass,

the only one capable,

the only one likely,

the only one deserving

will get the glory! God of gods, King of kings and Lord of lords will get the praise.

So over the weekend, God started preparing the muscle to go on our proverbial skeleton. Mr. Bones isn’t ready to enter a marathon, but I think I can hear “get up and walk” echoing across these thousand hills.

Disciple Makers of Rwanda

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tulisha permalink
    February 8, 2010 6:27 pm

    Your analogy of mission, vision, and values statements being like a body made me think of Ezekiel 37. The bones come together. Tendons, muscle, and skin appear. And finally God puts breath in.
    I’m glad to hear what He’s already started in Rwanda.

  2. Michelle Crowson Whitaker permalink
    February 8, 2010 8:30 pm

    Lou,
    I hope you all are doing well! It is so good to catch up occasionally on you through your blog. Hope you have a fabulous b’day on which ever day you pick to celebrate! ; ) You look fabulous and hope you feel as good as you look. Take care and God bless you all. Oh yeah, if and or when you see Murphy and Christine please tell them that I said hello. I hope they remember me. It has been a LONG time since I have seen or talked w/them.
    God Bless you,
    Michelle

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