Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!

Don Posterski

UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 13th, at 2pm, Toronto time, my dear friend Don Posterski went to be in glory with Christ and the saints. May he rest in peace!

I met Don for the first time in early 2000, just a few months after I joined World Vision, to work in the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region (MEER), as Director for Faith & Development (F&D – the sector of which Don was in charge in WVI, earlier called Christian Impact – CI, and then Christian Commitments – CC)). Soon after that, he invited me to join him in the WVI Commission on the Church, which, due to Don’s wisdom and his ability to lead a team of very diverse and hard headed members, was the most significant initiative in which I was involved in my 20 years in WV. I wish I had a picture from any of those significant meetings, but I do not. Therefore, I will try to compensate (over)illustrating other events.

Later that year, in October, I invited Don to join my team in Sinaia, Romania, for the first regional event of our sector, called the Christian Life Conference. There, the main speaker was Jim Houston, who taught on Christian Discipleship, while Don taught on building church partnerships, Tim Dearborn taught on witness to Jesus Christ and I taught on spiritual formation. It was a great event, which participants remember fondly, almost 18 years later. Again, Don gave the measure of his unique leadership style, by keeping himself in the background and encouraging others to serve with their gifts. (Again, sadly, I lost all pictures from that event.) Continue reading “Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!”

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Tim Dearborn – Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Mission

Beyond Duty

Friends, I am very glad to announce to you the publication of a book on Christian witness, Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Mission, written by my former boss in World Vision, Dr. Tim Dearborn, former Partnership Leader for Christian Commitment.

Here is how the book is described on Amazon website:

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, but feel overwhelmed by all there is to do?

Do you sometimes doubt that significant change is even possible? There is good news. God isn’t worried about the future of the world, nor is God merely bringing minor changes. “Behold, I make all things new,” says the Lord. The coming kingdom brings total transformation, metamorphosis. What’s more, God doesn’t call us to carry the burdens of the world and its transformation on our own shoulders. Christ carries the world and by the power of the Spirit we live in Christ. We do not have a mission for God in the world. Rather, the God of mission has us in the world. Each of us has a vital role in the world. We are invited to participate God’s generous love bringing heaven to earth through us, now! Continue reading “Tim Dearborn – Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Mission”

Ruth Padilla DeBorst, A Great Christmas Gift for World Vision International

One week before Christmas, I have received one of the greatest good  news of last year: Ruth Padilla deBorst will become Director of Christian Formation and Leadership Development for World Vision International, effective this February.

I quote from the message I have received from Tim Dearborn, the leader of my sector in World Vision (called Christian Commitments, or Faith & Development):

Continue reading “Ruth Padilla DeBorst, A Great Christmas Gift for World Vision International”

Tim Dearborn – Learning the Secret of Contentment – A Thanksgiving Meditation

Psalm 118:1-6: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me? Continue reading “Tim Dearborn – Learning the Secret of Contentment – A Thanksgiving Meditation”