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Saturday, December 23, 2006

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The questions have been asked many times. When one returns from a work & witness team, something has somehow changed and sometimes there is the desire for involvement and connection. Is the church not, afterall, a body�somehow one though distance, language and culture at times tend to create some sense of separation. However, a work & witness trip many times changes something and somehow hearts are left with people whose language we don�t speak and whose culture we never dreamed we�d know. So the questions come to mind. The returned missionaries (and this is what they indeed are) will begin to wonder. How can I keep this experience with me? How can I continue to nourish this heart that was in so many ways planted with the people and the land that I visited once for a matter of weeks?
These questions came to mind this past weekend, the weekend of July 1st, as a group of partners congregated and discussed the future of ACP, the effects that it has on the field, and field needs for the future. Looking to the future is important and often effects the view of the present as well. What is being done on a day-to-day basis to communicate? This returns to the questions previously mentioned, because communication is the key in all situations to make them work. To continue to nourish and maintain a healthy field and a healthy heart for missions, it requires communications. This can potentially be a simple question to answer. Keep the vision, keep the memory in your sight. Several methods will be done to aid those connected in some way to the field, helping them to continue being connected. Monthly e-mails (e-mail me if you�re interested), regular updates, and MySpace blogs and frequent checks and updates are all in place to keep connections going and communication lines easy and open. So, the next question that comes to mind would be, what�s next? What does the open line create and what is the partnership really doing?
Much of this kind of communication is coming straight from the field. The needs are communicated at the meetings and through e-mail and personal reports that come from the missionaries and leaders who work in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. One such need that has been communicated has been the need for more of these trained leaders and for the resources to train these leaders. Such provisions could come by way of funds to support work on libraries and resources, sending books and resources, or through work & witness teams. Some of our work & witness teams have taken over vitamins. Some of our funds have been used towards the education of current graduates. This site is full of reports of all of the things that have been going on in the field as well as prayer requests and goals for the future of the field. If you are interested in knowing more about the goals of the partnership, I hope you will take the time to look at the website. However, we now also have the monthly e-mail list with specific and current goals, and if you would like to receive that, I hope you will e-mail me at adrake@olivet.edu with the subject: ACP Request. Communication is critical, and if you have connections to or a heart for Central Africa, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunities to stay connected and involved. Your prayers and support are appreciated.

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