What Can I Do? : Making a Global Difference Right Where You Are

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Zondervan

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While 'missions' used to be the territory of experts and missionary professionals, globalization has made the issues and needs of our world accessible to average Americans. Many American Christians feel overwhelmed by the scope of the brokenness in the world and conclude all they can do is go on with their lives. Others respond by giving and praying, and still others want to do more.What Can I Do shows that global mission is something we all can be part of in tangible ways. And while that might include going on a short term mission trip or providing financial support, there are many more ongoing and holistic forms of engagement. This book helps readers see that the roles they already have---business leader, scientist, teacher, student, parent, or neighbor---can provide ways to engage in global mission.Mission is what we were created to do. It includes evangelistically calling people to follow Jesus wherever we go, whatever we do. But it's more than that. This book will help us explore the way our ordinary, everyday tasks of work and life can be part of God's mission to heal a broken world.

Author Biography

David Livermore (PhD, Michigan State University) is president and partner of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and author of several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Serving with Eyes Wide Open. He is a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has consulted with and trained leaders in one hundred countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 13
A Big (Inspiring Yet Overwhelming) Picturep. 17
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Your Global Villagep. 19
Economic Imbalance
Disease and Our Global Health
Environment and Our Neighbors
Trafficking and Global Lust
War and the Abuse of Power
The Shifting Global Landscape
The Faithful
Understand the Big Picture
You Were Made for This!p. 33
Adam and Eve
Aaron and Sons
The Church
With Christians Everywhere
In Everything
Every Nation: Back to the Future!
God's Invitation to You
Speak Up Now: Seven Strategies You Can Use Todayp. 45
Be Aware
Inform and Recruit Others
Work It into Work
Shop Responsibly
Influence Government and Media
Get Started!
A Small (Limited Yet Essential) Contributionp. 57
What's the Real Bottom Line? Business and Managementp. 59
Triple Bottom Line
Vendors and Outsourced Labor
Start Your Own Business
Working for the Machine
Pay It Forward
Doing Godly Business
True Progress: Science and Technologyp. 73
Life-Giving Science
Faith versus Science
The Search in Research
The Art of Scientific Inventions
Use Technology as a Means versus an End
Commissioned to Investigate
The World Is Your Canvas: Artp. 85
Art: Luxury or Means to Survival?
Use Your Platform
Christian versus ˘Secular÷ Art
Painting the Faceless
Exposing Evil
Supporting the Arts
Drink In the Beauty
Urgent Care: Health Care and Wellnessp. 99
Take as Directed
Diagnosis and Treatment
Bedside Manner
It's All in Your Head
Caring for the Underdog
Prevention over Treatment
Athletics and Fitness
A Prayer to Care
Kids' Heroes: Teachers, Family, and Friendsp. 113
Imagination and Identity
The Gift of Education
The Power of a Child
Stewarding a Precious Gift
Caution: Signposts for the Journey Aheadp. 125
Listen to the Locals
Beware of Grand Panaceas
Learn from Experts
Improve Your CQ
Above All Else, Love
Your Next Stepp. 133
Your Journey: Discerning Your Contributionp. 135
Our First Calling
Who Am I?
The World Needs Everything; Just Do Something!
Personal Discovery
Look Back
Look Forward
Personal Inventory
Possibilities versus Limits
Communal Authority
The Next Right Step
What Now?
Our Journey: Discerning Our Contribution Togetherp. 163
The Church as Missionary
Community Inventory
Current Reality
Connections and Relationships
Vocations and Skills
Causes and Issues
Wake Up!
Conclusionp. 185
Appendix: FAQsp. 189
Notesp. 195
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