CoLabor – A site to share vision

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One of the problems that we often face, even in Youth With A Mission, is that we have limited resources, there’s only so much that the church gives to missions (and that is a whole different discussion). YWAM is organised in such a way that YWAM ministries can be autonomous, acting on their own, without control or communication. Now, this leads to wonderful growth and  expressions of ministry that are as abundant as they are different. On the negative side this can also lead to different locations and groups focusing their limited resources on the same region or area of the world. For example, two YWAM bases focusing on the same region in Ghana. Why not join forces (and resources) and tackle that place together, benefiting from one another’s experience and different gifts.

Last year I had the idea of creating a website to connect those that are labouring in the same places or fields. It would allow YWAM Bases and/or YWAM Staff to post information about their base, their focuses, the schools they run and their target nations and regions. Using some tagging functions to build a network that reveals connections and indicates to the user whom else shares their same vision and ministry. Communication and contact tools would also be provided to enable users with similar vision and direction to stay in touch, dream together, encourage one-another, and ultimately “co-labour” together (English spelling for my sanity) in gathering the harvest.

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Thoughts on Facebook

On friday driving to Chicago, David Gagnon and I spent close to 3 hours talking about the application of technology in the kingdom. One topic of conversation was Facebook. He had been reading about the importance of record-keeping (and the technology that facilitates it) in building of a developing nation’s economy and how important record-keeping is for a college like the University of the Nations. I took his thinking a stage further and applied it to some thoughts I had regarding the social network Facebook.

Facebook is amazing in its tagging functions. You can tag your Photos, videos, comments, and blog posts with the names of other facebook friends. This tagging builds a web of connections between you and your tagged friends that are easy to navigate and discover. If you started facebook very young and were consistent to record your life until you passed away you would leave a detailed record of your friendships and activities over your lifetime. Imagine the joy of examining at your parent’s facebook from their teenage years. What photo’s did they post? What were their status posts? Who were their friends? Imagine what a different picture your kids will have of you in looking back to see what pictures you uploaded and links you posted. 

But the fundamental reason why this is all so awesome is that Facebook, by its record keeping, brings value to the individual’s micro-narrative: each person’s individual story is important, interesting and significant. We are no longer talking about a nation’s or a town’s history, but of a person’s history. I just hope that people don’t get bored and realise how important staying connected could be.

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The Aesthetic Value

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I value things according to aesthetics I just discovered. Looking back on the things that have been major interests: Japan, skateboarding/snowboarding, the kinds of movies I like, architecture, and most recently biking, its an easy observation to make. Let me tell you about how I got into biking. Outside escape coffee house I saw a single-speed with a front-wheel disc brake only. (similar to this) Everything else was taken off the bike and I was blown away by how beautiful and simple it was. I think it took about a month before I had my own bike and had done the same thing. I’ve since upgraded (great story), but aesthetically, its still not what I want. Its hard to explain how my mind works. I think I view things with my emotions. If something stirs my emotions then I sold. Its the same thing with Japanese architecture. A simplicity and beauty that stirs the emotions, creates a feeling of longing, of peace, of  just needing to look at that picture and want to, want to, want to be in that room.I evaluate music the same way. Music that is emotional is liked, music that doesn’t stir me, disliked. Probably why I like coldplay.. they’ve tapped into my subconscious. This is so so me, its who I am, its what I’m about, its how I rate and value the world and everything about me. Is it shallow though? Is it lame to love an object for what it looks like, but not really care about what it means. Can you create & enjoy the world around us because you like how it makes you feel when you look at it and set that as your ultimate goal? Does everything have to have a meaning?And then bring God into the equation. Am I made like this? Is this really who He created me to be? If so, then let me revel in my shallow aesthetics, just don’t judge me. I don’t know. Everyone else seems to want meaning.  

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The framework of discussion

KingdomTech aspires to blog about 4 things and their intermingling:

  1. Technology – all aspects, but focusing on web based IT.
  2. Discipleship – looking at the breadth of what discipleship actually is.
  3. The Church – what’s the church’s role in this
  4. Art – as an integral part of God’s creation

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