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The Literacy Conversation – Part 2

The Literacy Conversation – Part 2

In last week’s post we were talking about what I have been perceiving all these years about two camps of people – literate and nonliterate – when the discussion of orality is had. I thought that mission groups were saying that orality works for the nonliterate and not necessarily for literate “book cultures.” I asked if that was really what the orality movement was saying. Because if that is really what people in the movement

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The Literacy Conversation – Part 1

The Literacy Conversation – Part 1

I think I’ve been getting it wrong all these years. Since that time two millennia ago in Antioch when followers of the Way were first called Christians, the church has carried God’s mission to the world. Evangelism and discipleship methods have varied over the centuries and the local church’s involvement in the advancement of the kingdom of God has looked different from culture to culture and has changed with the times. During the last decade,

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These Are Their Stories – Chandra and Rick

These Are Their Stories – Chandra and Rick

  For those of you who have been in the Freedom to Lead family for some time are probably familiar with this story. It’s a good one to tell. It tells the story of Freedom to Lead’s beginnings through the experience of one person named Chandra. But have you ever wondered what happened next? Have you asked for “the rest of the story” ten years later? Chandra’s Story Born into a Hindu family in the

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These Are Their Stories – Elizabeth

These Are Their Stories – Elizabeth

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We have heard from Owen, Stephen, and Matthew. This week we hear the story of Elizabeth* from East Africa. *to protect their identities, these are

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These Are Their Stories – Matthew

These Are Their Stories – Matthew

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We have heard from Owen* and from Stephen*.  This week we hear the story of Matthew* from Southern Africa. *to protect their identities, these are not

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A False Hope

A False Hope

**The following post is the written text from a Palm Sunday sermon by Rick Sessoms given to a group of church and ministry leaders this past week. These men and women serve Jesus in the hard places of this world. Day of Expectation On a day filled with expectation, Jesus made His way to Jerusalem. His followers believed the Kingdom was about to be reborn. Those marching with Jesus had seen him raise Lazarus from

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These Are Their Stories – Stephen

These Are Their Stories – Stephen

  Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. In our first edition we heard from “Owen” in Zimbabwe. This week we hear the story of “Stephen” from Nigeria. Stephen just started participating

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These Are Their Stories – Owen

These Are Their Stories – Owen

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. In this first edition of “These Are Their Stories” we hear from “Owen” (not his real name). Owen is a young leader in his late

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The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

  As winter creeps slowly into spring, Freedom to Lead is also experiencing a new season. Our travel calendars are packed full from now until December. We are grateful for being able to continue what was birthed back in 2009. At the same time we wonder how to cover all the opportunities. New initiatives are being started and new dreams are being explored. 2019 is a year of possibility. This year Freedom to Lead will be

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The Sleepy Invasion

The Sleepy Invasion The Stage was set. God was about to make His move, to enter time. Would He come with mighty wonders and signs? Would He light the skies as far as one could see? Would angels shout His arrival with trumpets and drums? Would the whole earth rock from the impact of his landing? The Great Sustainer, by whom and through whom and for whom are all things. The Almighty who is more powerful

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Savoring New Stories that are Old Stories

Savoring New Stories that are Old Stories

Before Luke launches into Christmas, he issues a call to remember. Luke starts with a new story that is really a familiar story. It’s a story about a childless, old couple. Luke called them “righteous.” They were careful to follow all God’s commandments. They were good people, models of piety. But now they are old and childless. One day God sent his messenger, the angel Gabriel, to Zechariah, and scared the old man half to

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Will You Give Us a Seat at the Table?

Will You Give Us a Seat at the Table?

As we approach the Christmas holidays, we can’t help thinking back to our Thanksgiving. Uncle Ed likes white meat; cousin Megan dark meat. Oh yes, can’t forget the onion casserole. And we must remember to get a highchair for little Chrissy. Let’s not forget that Aunt Beth needs someone to pick her up. And we need to make the dining room table bigger. Where did we put those extension slats? It’s all so busy but so exciting

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