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Wednesday, 21 May 2008
 Written and submitted by Robin Wallace Johns

When I phoned Cyndi, our Ad Council Chair, to inquire about hosting a small group of African children, I got her answering machine. I just knew someone with a bigger house had offered, and we had not made the team. When Cyndi called back and asked, “Do you want girls or boys?” I felt like we were the finalists for a million dollar prize.

We were.

From the minute we drove up to our Grassland on that sunny Saturday and glimpsed our classrooms filled with very dark-skinned children doing their schooling, the children of the people we had helplessly watched suffering on the news all our lives, my eyes sprang a leak that grew in size as the weekend progressed. They had come to us. We could reach out and touch them. At last.

But it was they who touched us.

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An Update (personal)
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 10 April 2008

With General Conference breathing down our necks one would think there would be more updates on this site right? Well, I would think so. The reason why there aren't updates is because the past few months have been so busy I haven't had the chance to get caught up! However, I have been blogging over at http://fuzzythinking.davidmullens.com (my personal blog). I have some thoughts on Wesley and other things. There are also a couple of new articles on the M3 site.

I am getting caught up so I hope to add some more content here. Thanks for your patience, understanding and continued reading! - Dave.

(testing new site!)
United Methodist Church's Focus and Future 1
Written by David   
Monday, 19 November 2007
My bishop sent an email out on our conference email list updating us about the Convocation of Extended Cabinets. According to the UM News Service the "Convocation of Extended Cabinets" met for the first time in 40 years. Out of this convocation came, in some ways, a fresh and renewing vision for the UMC. Using the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,7 (I have no idea where 6 went), they stated: 
  • One mission statement.
  • Two breathing lessons.
  • Three simple rules for living as United Methodists.
  • Four focus areas for our United Methodist Church in the next quadrennium.
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.
  • Seven Vision Pathways to the Future

After reading through these directions, I was surprised. Not only did I feel they were quite good, I started experiencing something else; hope. Hope is something, as a UM, I've found elusive for quite a while. So, I want to take some time to reflect on these six (There's number 6! glad to have it in the mix) directions or focuses.

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