So you have considered asking the stewardship committee to give mission minutes or testimonies during worship but they feel unprepared?
 In this 55-minute workshop, participants examine the basic questions for interpreting God’s mission, “What story will you tell?” and “How will you tell it?”
During the workshop participants gain skill in choosing the best methods for sharing their personal connection with the stories of God’s mission through the Church. The curriculum for this workshop is a free download at
And now a Joke… One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
 On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
 “It was great, Dad.”
 “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
 “Oh yeah,” said the son.
 “So, tell me, what did you learn from
the trip?” asked the father.
 The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property
to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
 The boy’s father was speechless.
 Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
By Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop

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  1. I love that story so very very much.

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.

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