In a Meet The Home Team kind of podcast, I had the chance to sit and chat with Kerry Halliwell this week, who is the Manager of Global Operations for International Missions. She used to be a GW (or is she still?) with her family in #Malawi and now works in #Meccassauga supporting GWs on the finance side. She seems to have one job: to help the PAOC keep it's charitable status. Kerry is a by-the-book kind of person, who's heck-bent on following the rules on how donor money is spent. Her #Birkman results had the nerve of yelling "nerd" right to her face! Caution: never ever use the words #channel or #funnel with her if you want to keep getting your expenses reimbursed. Sharpen your pencils, tape your glasses, and grab a spreadsheet...this is a riveting pod! 🤓💸🔢🎾👟🌍🇲🇼💪🏿 #bythenumbers #CRAwizard #HnTpodcast
The 'M' Word. Some people love it, others love to hate it. Early use of the word in Sheldon Armitage's childhood drove him to counseling as an adult. Of course, we're talking about the word "missionary" or as Darcy likes to say, "Global Workers". An article I recently shared on Facebook called "Why I Think it's Time to Retire the Word 'Missionary'" got people talking. Turns out, you might just be passionate about your title! Well, you talked about it, so Sheldon and I podded about it in the latest edition of the HnT Podcast. Have a listen and keep having your say in the comments. For now, I'm going to call you all #Globissionaries. 🗣💬⒨ #wordsmatter
They are the keepers of the bridge. The ones who get you in the door or keep you locked outside where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. I'm talking about the much discussed and mostly misunderstood, Missions Pastor (or chair of the missions committee in some churches). They may not hold the keys to death, hell and the grave but they do decide who gets into the church, who gets support and who goes home with nothing at all.
On this episode of the Here & (T)here, Sheldon and his better-than-Matt cohost, Anna Armitage, sit down during Stormaggedon (2 cms) in Vancouver to talk with Pastor Paul Moores about missions giving, church committees and how global workers can better engage with churches. Pastor Paul gives the other side of the shared funding story and encourages churches on how they can better support their missions partners.
This is a great episode for global workers and for church mission teams to listen to so pass it along!
A few weeks ago, Sheldon Armitage and I attended a meeting in #Meccassauga where a Who's Who in the PAOC gathered to examine the Shared Funding Model. I am pretty sure I was invited because I have the nicest beard. We are happy to report that we saved Shared Funding and you're all getting a one year break from raising partners! As the kids say these days: jk. They say you can't fix something that ain't broken, but Sheldon and I gave it a whirl on the latest episode of the HnT Podcast with our Top 10 Amazing Shared Funding Replacement Ideas. Have any to add? Leave them in the comments below, and let's turn Shared Funding upside down! #hntpodcast #sharedfunding #moneycometh
We know, we know...it's been awhile but we're back and we're better than ever. In fact we're so back that this season is called Here & (T)here. Why's that you ask? Well, the 'There' part of the podcast (Sheldon) is actually 'Here' in Canada for a home assignment. Not only that, but he finally had the opportunity to visit the Here Studio and stay at the Janes' Global Worker Ranch and Spa Resort run by Matt himself.
Confused yet? No worry, give this podcast a listen and hear about readjustment issues, mid-life crisis and the fun and frivolity of the Here & There Podcast that you know and love and have missed.
And it's a wrap! In the category of better-late-than-never, Sheldon Armitage and I finally got our ducks in a row and dropped the Here & There Podcast finale for Season 2. If we have any listeners left who are still alive and caught the majority of our second season, this is the sugar in your tea, the icing on your cake, the milk on your Coco Pops, the custard on your pie, the cherry on top, the ice in your iced coffee, the Rick in your Shaw...OK, I'll stop. Just a couple of months away from the Season 3 launch, we took the time to reflect on a season in the books by reviewing the pods that made the cut and looking ahead to what may be in the upcoming season. If you've never tuned in to the HnT Podcast, don't start with this one...wait for Season 3 to become a huge fan and donor. To the rest of you, enjoy this finale like the gravy on your turkey! 🎙✌🏼✋🏼 #seasontwoinreview
In Robert Lupton's book, Toxic Charity, Lupton has strong things to say to materially rich #Christians about #money, #power, and #dependency. Two statistics from his book include:
* #Africa has received $1 trillion in benevolent aid in the last 50 years, and per capita income is now lower, life expectancy has stagnated, and adult literacy is lower.
* U.S. missions teams who rushed to #Honduras to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Mitch spent on average $30,000 per home—homes locals could have built for $3,000 each.
No one wants to think their generosity hurts people, but books like Dead Aid and When Helping Hurts have alerted us to the problem. So what is going on? The answer is complex and involves issues of basic economics, power, dependency, and bad motives.
In the Season 2 penultimate episode of the Here & There Podcast, I sit down with Mark Crocker of STMLeader.com to talk #relief, #development, #ownership, #partnership, #simplesolutions and #doingnoharm. Comments and discussion is both welcomed and encouraged!
As a Global Worker, you probably feel like you're having an out-of-money experience at times. My pro bono financial advisor (AKA my father-in-law) told me that the quickest way to double my money is to fold it over and put it back in my pocket! #Money. Jesus talked a lot about it in the B-I-B-L-E, and this is our second Here & There Podcast on the subject...so it likely matters on some level to many of you. During #Segue I had the chance to sit down with a new GW to the #RAN family who's been coaching people on handling their money for a living. Her full identity is being withheld for her security, but her free advice is here for the taking. Remember, when you have too much month at the end of your money, you still might be richer than you think. #momoney #moproblems #PAOCpensionfund #Godsupply #RANitized
Turns out, breaking up is easy to do...at least when it comes to Global Workers and supporting churches! In the latest edition of the HnT Podcast and the long-awaited reunion of pod partners, I join Šel and Ännå and talk about the touchy subject of getting #dumped by a #partner church. If you're a GW who's been fed the proverbial, "It's not you, it's me" line by a #supporter before, you might want to tune in with an empathetic box of Kleenex and a notepad to take notes on how to "take it like a #Eurasian missionary" from the Armitages. In the end maybe it's not me, it's you! 🇨🇦⛪️💸💔🇸🇰
The Urban Dictionary describes a person named #Kaleb this way: "A Kaleb will make you laugh, when nothing else can. A Kaleb will make your face hurt from the amount of smiling you'll do. A Kaleb is the best kind of guy you'll ever come across, so if you're lucky enough to meet a Kaleb don't let him slip through your fingers...you probably won't find another one. They are like an endangered species in the world of men." In the latest edition of the HnT Podcast, I sat down and squirmed around with this young #Canethiopian, who's name means "devotion to God", and asked him some tough (for a 4 year old) and not-so-tough questions about being #adopted, eating #injera, being an answer to prayer, if it was #1 or #2, and becoming a #missionary. As you listen, I think you'll agree: this kid is going to do great things in this world! 🇪🇹👶🏾👌🏾