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Please pray, and join us, for our conferences in Malaysia

On Wednesday I’ll be boarding a flight from Cape Town to Malaysia where Graham Power and I will first be heading via Kuala Lumpur to Sibu to speak at the Methodist Prayer gathering (with some engagements in Kuching along the way). I had the immeasurable privilage of speaking at the 2007 prayer gathering (it was during this time that I first fell in love with Malaysia and her wonderful people!)

Malaysia has a very special place in my heart – I have been back a number of times since then, and will be there twice this year.

Then, on the 29th we head back to Kuala Lumpur to meet up with Steve Johnstone (the international coordinator for Unashamedly Ethical) to speak at an Unashamedlly Ethical conference (see the brochure and video below).  Please find the full details of the conference here.  I would love to see there if you’re in the area!

On the 5th and 6th of May we go on Penang for another Unashamedly Ethical Conference. Please find full details of that conference here.

The Unashamedly Ethical movement challenges individuals and organisations to make a stand for values and ethics.  We are convinced that we will never be able to deal with systemic poverty until we address systemic corruption. Please consider joining us by committing yourself to values, ethics and clean living here – Unashamedly Ethical online.

I will also be doing some seminars and workshops with pastors and business people on the topics of ‘ministry in the marketplace’ and ‘practical social transformation’ (based in part on the book that Graham Power and I wrote together called ‘Transform your work life‘)  If you live in Malaysia and would like to order a copy of the book please visit Canaanland here. If you live elsewhere in the world please get your copy here.

Prayer requests

Please could you support us in prayer.  Here are some prayer pointers.

  • Please pray for our hosting committee in the Methodist Church in Malaysia who will host us for the first part of our visit (particularly Bishop Hwa Yung and his leadership team)
  • Please pray for our hosting committee from the NECF – close friends who are doing incredible work in the Church and the marketplace.
  • Please pray for Graham, Steve and I while we’re away.  Also please pray for our families.
  • Please pray that the Lord will use us and that He will create wonderful opportunities for us to bless, encourage and partner with our Malaysian friends in bringing about renewal and transformation in the Church and world of work.

Thanks so much!  I’ll be posting updates as regularly as I can to my twitter feed and will post to my blog blog as often as I can.

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A week of Radio interviews – The story is spreading!

This seems to have been a week of radio interviews – we praise God for the wonderful interest in the topic of transforming your work life into a ministry.

Radio Helderberg Patricia McNaught Davis.jpgOn Tuesday I did an interview with Patricia McNaught-Davis on Radio Helderberg. Patricia was so excited about the concept of discovering God’s will and calling for one’s ordinary working day! Her enthusiasm was infectious! We discussed the possibility of serving Jesus among your colleagues at work (and of course Eleanor’s story, that is discussed in the book, was a great encouragement). We also talked about the chapter on the role and function of the Church – that chapter, entitled ‘To hell with the Church‘ always seems to attract attention!

Of course the chapter points out that God’s purpose is to use the Church to bring healing and transformation in the world, and where better to bring that transformation than where it is most needed – in the marketplace! Most people face their greatest challenges, struggles and difficulties in their workplace. What better place to declare God’s worth, establish God’s Kingdom, and work for healing and transformation?

Today I had the joy of being interviewed by Lorrein Katzke from Radio Tygerberg. Loraine was so excited about the concept of being intentional about ‘taking Jesus to work’. Of course it is simply a matter of bringing your work life and your faith life closer to one another through prayer, and being clear about the fact that one doesn’t face difficult decisions, challenging situations and relationships of struggle alone. At the suggestion of the Editor of the book, Trix Pauw, I put much more emphasis on the fact that big changes can come through the simplest acts of obedience – once again Eleanor’s story was a great encouragement. Trix is a member of the Transform your work life facebook page and suggested that I discuss this point in a comment she left on the wall.

The interview with Lorrein was also such a blessing! She is so passionate for the Lord, and it was wonderful to interact with her around ways to bring the Gospel of Jesus to bear on both people and structures in society.

Patricia will be passing on a copy of the interview from Tuesday – as soon as I have it I will upload it here in MP3 format.

It is always such a blessing to interact with readers of the book! I had coffee with someone who has just read the book – he spoke about the impact that Chapter 8 had on him (the chapter that discusses Luke 10 Transformation). And then I also had a phone call from a young businessman in Johannesburg who is looking to enter the ministry.

By the way, I will be speaking at the Somerset West Baptist Church (in Hendrikz Street) this Sunday (20 June 2010, 18.00). Please come along if you’re in the area!

And, tomorrow morning (19 June 2010) Graham and I will be speaking at the Ottery Road Methodist Church.