Posted by: Justin Wallace | December 13, 2010

Long Distant Friends :: From Ethiopia

*Sometimes I feel like a like a lion stuck in a cage. I can only see the 4 walls that have captured me. My world view is small and minimized. I wonder if, at times, we approach ministry from this place. We only see ministry from the perspective of our context, our culture, our generation, our 4 walls. So, we spin our wheels, thinking that we’re moving but instead the back axle is sinking deeper and deeper in the mud. I see this as a huge temptation that we as American college ministers face. We become so locked into how ministry is done in the context of America that we become more like America than like the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the remedy? How do we protect ourselves from such a myopic view of ministry? I believe we must surround ourselves with friends, mentors and Christian family from outside the 4 walls of this country. I have asked 4 of my friends that work with College students in other countries, other contexts, to share their views of college ministry and their suggestions for us here in America. I asked them, “What would you, someone outside the four walls of the US, say to those of us that are working with college students in the US? Suggestion? Warnings? Advice?” Today’s post is a video about campus ministry in Ethiopia,  found on a blog titled On Leading Well. (You can read part 1 of this series, a message from Robert Millar in Munich, Germany, HERE, part 2, a message from Greg Millsaps in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, HERE and part 3, a message from Andrew Baron in Australia, HERE)


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