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Staff thoughts and life lessons about poverty, injustice, leadership, religion and other social issues in the world today.

This is what I do when I feel like giving up on the world.

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

We wake up each day with the thought that the world could be different in the next generation, with the thought that the global Church could regain a voice of credibility because of its compassion and generosity.

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What is the one thing more effective than motivation?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

What leader, parent, teacher, pastor, employer, or any other position of authority you can think of doesn't want their people to be more motivated to do some things and less motivated to do others? Think about how much of your day is spent trying to motivate people to do something. To buy something. To finish something. To start something.

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What good is short-term missions?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

I could go on and on about the increasingly negative messaging surrounding short-term missions. Some of the messaging even has some good thoughts that we should pay attention to. Of course, nobody wants to hurt in the helping, and sometimes we do. However, does this desire to do it well mean we should avoid short-term missions all together?

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2018 Year End Update

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 12 minute read

Not that long ago, I had an epiphany about something that, well, isn’t actually so profound. I had this idea that after Jesus performed miracles in people’s lives, their lives became perfect. But, think about it: everyone that Jesus healed likely got sick again. Everyone that Jesus fed was hungry a few hours later. Everyone that Jesus raised from the dead definitely died again. So, what was the point of all of those miracles, compassion, and meeting people’s physical needs?

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Who's the standard here?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 5 minute read

We live in such a critical age. Why is it so deeply engrained in us to make ourselves the standard by which we evaluate other people? I think the answer to that question lies in our self-centered default. If we are the centre of our lives, we evaluate others by the filter of ourself. The more full of myself I am, the more I become God’s gift to the world that everyone should endeavor to be like. 

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Foreigners in “Our” Land!

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 4 minute read

I am generally super careful about generalizations. But, anyone who has a problem with immigration—especially immigration based on desperate need—must be motivated by a threat to “our” way of life. By “our way of life” I mean religiously, socially, economically or just the simple preference to be around people who are “normal”… like me. “America (Canada) First” or any type of nationalistic protectionism is a profoundly self-centered position. 

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The Lever of Leadership

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

Think for a minute about how much of human history, good and bad, has been impacted by a relatively small group of people. Constantine, Machiavelli, Martin Luther, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Hitler, Billy Graham, Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., for example, all have one simple thing in common. They are all leaders. Admittedly, this particular list is a sphere of leadership relatively few of us will ever operate in. However, the principle still applies regardless of how many people you lead. Whether you lead a classroom of students or a nation, the weight is heavy but the opportunity is the stuff that literally makes history. 

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Leading Open and Closed People

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 4 minute read

When it comes to leading difficult people, who do you continue to invest in and who do you stop spending time and energy on? We all work with people who can be difficult to lead. In fact, the strength of our leadership relies on leading other strong leaders. Leading followers is fairly straight forward but leading leaders is all together more challenging. When we work with people, leaders or not, we will inevitably agonize with the question of who do we continue to pour energy and effort into and who do we not. 

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2017 - A year in review

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 10 minute read

I am ever more convinced that words don’t actually speak. Words come easy. It’s easy to talk about compassion, generosity, sacrifice and empathy. We all love those ideas. I don’t know of anyone, faith-motivated or not, who would argue with the importance of compassion and the need for generosity and sacrificial living. While everyone would agree with those concepts, not everyone lives them. For Christ-followers, our first gift to the world is not our words (no matter how true they may be), but our actions.

#ActionsSpeak

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Who Is Worse Off?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

For the past 15 years, the people I work with have repeatedly travelled to nations that Trump disparagingly referred to this past week. We have also sent thousands of people from all over Canada to experience and serve in these nations. People often go thinking that we have so much to offer them. The perspective is that we live in such great nations and our job is to help people all over the world live like us. It’s an understandable but ignorant perspective. 

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