Very often we hear bad news from an African country like Uganda. We hear stories about famine, hunger, misery, warfare and man-eating lions. We see disturbing pictures on television and in newspapers but is there any good news which comes from this vast continent? The following story is full of hope and clear evidence that God is at work in a broken, groaning world.
David's blog on Dalits and the caste system is well worth exploring in terms of worldviews. Why are so many Dalits / untouchables believed to be cursed from birth? The following true story is illuminating. A Dalit woman living in India was asked why she wouldn't take her baby son to the doctor. He was very ill. She replied that the illness was part of the boy's karma. He was being punished for something he had done in a previous life. She asserted that it was the boy's fate to suffer!
I was thrilled to get this feedback to one of our lectures at the ITEC conference in Melbourne, Australia.
We met at the end of the ITEC conference. I spoke to you to thank you for your 'Cannibalism, Faith in Progress and 20th Century Mass Murder' talk at the conference. You asked me to make contact via email – hence this email!
We are delighted to inform you that RealityBites director Mark Roques has been shortlisted for a Jerusalem Award 2015 in the category of Short Form Radio.
The feature was entitled Football and Faith and here follows a bit of background about the radio spot.
The World Cup attracts huge global attention and so last year I teamed up with ReachBeyond's UK radio department Whistling Frog Productions to create a feature about some of the fascinating connections between football and faith.
This June RealityBites director, Mark Roques, was invited to deliver his workshop on Celebrity Culture, Human Trafficking and Christian Faith in a mission week at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College in Leeds.
Mark delivered four one hour lessons to about 100 sixth formers and the feedback from both staff and pupils was excellent. One teacher opined – "this is 'spot on' and exactly what these young people need to hear". Peter Smith, the Head of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics said that the lectures had been "fantastic’"
Wouldn't it be brilliant if Christians were well known for creating the best factories, offices and work places in the UK? How easy it would be to talk about God's kingdom if we could point to an abundance of stories like this:
Julia Turner is absolutely thrilled with her factory job at the American equivalent of Boots the Chemist – Walgreens. You might be surprised to learn that Julia has Down's Syndrome. She is one of the many disabled people who have jobs they love – all because of the vision of one man who had a baptised imagination – Randy Lewis.
Last month Anne and I celebrated thirty years of marriage. We wanted a break and so we booked a holiday with Club La Costa World which is located in Fuengirola on the south coast of Spain. Truth be told we got a fantastic discount of 80% which made the gig very affordable.
Randy Lewis was a senior Vice President at Walgreens in the USA. Walgreens is the American equivalent of Boots the Chemist and has over 8000 shops and employs 176,000 people. It has a turnover of $76 billion.
A guest post from Bruce Gulland (@BruceGulland) of Reach Beyond (@ReachBeyondUK).
You may recall Ali Burnett's thought-provoking piece Beyond the Bunny just before Easter, about using radio advertising to help get a Christian message across. And you may remember that lovely rabbit pic!