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PLUG YOUR BOOK
This title by author Steve Webber is rich in resources for those interested in promoting their books on the internet. It is full of practical ideas and a good resource to have for exploring possibilities. You can learn more on: http://www.PlugYourBook.com and http://www.webberbooks.com

HOUSE SITTING
When you are considering where to spend a couple of weeks or so on a break, why not check out the Christian House Sitters website. There are some wonderful homes in which you can stay internationally and be a blessing to the owners. You can also invite folk to spend time in your own home, caring for it, while you are away. A creative initiative of value…… http://www.christian-housesitters.com/index.php

BOOK COMPARISON
The site called BookHead enables you to compare the price of book by providing you with an overview of the major book-sellers price for any given title. Well worth looking at: http://www.bookhead.co.uk/

SPEAKING VOLUMES
This is a creative initiative in the UK to encourage and equip churches and individuals who have the vision to donate valuable titles to their local Public Libraries. Speaking Volumes has set up an excellent structure to enable these donations to be effective. Check out the idea: http://www.christianbookpromotions.org.uk/ Worth encouraging in other countries.

Submitted by Global Nomad

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GLOBAL CHANGE
Patrick Dixon is a leading futurist and one of the top 60 thinkers of this decade. His website Global Change has welcomed some 11 million visitors and up to 500,000 folk check it out on a busy day. The site is “full to the brim” with relevant and thought-provoking material. Very worthwhile to visit.  http://www.globalchange.com/stats.htm

BUSINESS PILOT
In these days of fast moving trends in the business world, having a “pilot” on board or close by can be a tremendous asset to companies. The feedback-comments from businesses that have used Business Pilot are most encouraging. The founder is a personal friend and thus I am following the development with much interest. Why not explore this new resource and recommend to others. http://www.businesspilot.com.au

ENTREPRENEURSHIP                                                                                                                                                                Here is a note from a friend who coordinates a training programme for micro-business entrepreneurs. By the way, if you would like to view my training projects, then go to the website of the company which has developed the training programme: www.entrepreneurship.co.za Look on the right hand side for a pull down menu; “FUNDER”. Click on that and then click on “Charity”. The projects that will then be listed are the training projects that I have run. This gets updated each time I run the training. www.entrepreneurship.co.za
Submitted by Global Nomad

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EFFECTIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE
It is refreshing to meet such practical advice based on Biblical principles. Realistic evaluation is made of each situation of challenge and thoughtful guidance/advice is given. Have recently attended a seminar presented by the Founder and International Director of Work Talk.    http://www.worknetuk.org/partnership/worktalk/wtdefault.asp

INSIGHT INTO THE WORD
Proclamation Trust has spearheaded the equipping of emerging expositional speakers. “The vision of the Proclamation Trust is to encourage ministry that seeks above all to expound the Bible as God’s Word for today.”  Students from around the world have taken part in PT courses. http://www.proctrust.org.uk/

EQUIPPING FOR THE MARKETPLACE
City Gateway is a wonderful example of creative initiative. Over the past few years, CG has enabled scores of young people to acquire skills equipping them for the career of their choice. http://www.citygateway.org.uk/

Submitted by Global Nomad

Generous Sight

Audio Pictures….

Daily our eyes are capturing and filtering thousands of colourful images. Rich colours, delicate textures, inspiring scenes and intricate details impact our minds bringing delight or concern, pleasure or sadness. Our inherited optical and mental gymnastics enable us to relate and integrate with our surroundings and community neighbours.

Some 161 million folk internationally suffer from sight limitations (WHO 2002 report). What a challenge! What an opportunity for creative, generous sharing.  There is so much to share, if we keep our eyes open to the world around us, describing the scenery,  interviewing a colourful character, relating a memorable experience, commentating on a sporting event or cultural celebration, describing a work of art or even reporting on the names on shops in the high street.  Seemingly common occurrences to sighted folk but hidden mysteries to those living in silent darkness or a shrouded obscurity.

While travelling over the years, I have at times been able to record mini-programmes about 2-3mins for the Talking Newspaper in my home area which is distributed to around 300 folk with sight challenges. One side of the cassette is the daily news both national and local, then the reverse track is a magazine-type programme of immense variety – a cascade of audio pictures… My slot used to be called “Out and About”. The feedback was very encouraging.

Global Nomad

28 October 2008

Extravagant Generosity

 Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!

Quote from 2 Corinthians 9 in the Bible. [courtesy Bible Gateway]

http://www.biblegateway.com/

Global Nomad

24 October 2008

Be Generous

Generosity is a quality virtue and is equally appreciated in the area of sharing ideas.  Significant waiting is inevitable in extended international flying.  At least, that is what I’ve discovered during the past 35 years of such intensive travel.  Airports intrigue and fascinate me – they have done so since my pre-teens years. Our family home was within easy cycling of an active regional airport. Several aeronautical companies were based there and thus a fair amount of flight activity was generated.   

Photographing the mega- Brabazon aircraft lumber into the sky while precariously perched at the end of the runway as the mighty “bird” nosily glided directly overhead was the height of excitement as you can imagine. Later when at College, I spent holidays working for one of the aircraft companies on the same airport.  Lunchtimes were eagerly awaited, as we were able to explore the hangers.  Although my assignment was in the costing department and fairly routine – calculating the costs of all the spare parts etc. for overhauls of oil magnates aircraft – the anticipation of being able to actually view the various planes close up was a definite plus. 

The same company began to import the Cessna light aircraft, which would arrive in crates and then be assembled for testing and sale.  These experiences instilled a deep appreciation of the aeronautical world.  While at school I had the privilege of being in the Air Cadets and even learned to fly a light aircraft – a twin-engine Provost.   

Thus while waiting for connecting international flights during the past three decades, I’ve developed a pattern of making friends with the Public Relations personnel and spending some time sharing ideas with them.  Some of you will understand that such interludes of positive input are welcome during days when one moves rapidly from one passenger challenge to another….. On one occasion, the PRO person and I spent an hour or so over coffee and amazingly he took some three pages of notes.  His airport was well organised and in fact one of my favourites – if not the best I had encountered to that point.  

A few months later, I was seeking to assist with a travel complication, which involved a passenger transiting through my PRO friend’s airport.  Of course, I phoned him to see if he might be able to assist. After cultural introductory pleasantries, the response was immediate and decisive: “David, your colleague is confirmed on her onward flight and I will personally meet her at the bridge exit and escort her to her ongoing flight”.  Networking, generosity and partnership combined.

Global Nomad

21 October 2008

Frustrated Generosity

FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETEEN MILLION REASONS

A Daily Express article highlighted the fact that Charities in the UK missed out on £419,000,000. How did that happen? Simply that donors did not fill out the tax-reclaim forms used in the Gift Aid Scheme that the UK Government has so generously setup. What a tremendous number of valuable development projects could have been helped if these good folk had remembered to fill in the form or had actually known that such a splendid scheme was in operation.A commendable goal for all of us would be to ensure that a high percentage of that vast sum is reclaimed for generous projects affecting the daily lives of thousands in countries where often the basic facilities are at a minimum or need funding for further development.

At the heart of the Christian Faith is the generous heart of a loving God. The first century saints were generous – read the action-packed adventures recorded for us by Doctor Luke in his story of the early church. Those who had resources used them wisely so that they could share with those who were in need of assistance. Those who were doing well, shared with those who were not in such a rosy situation. Thus everyone was cared for in that immensely family-like community.

Today there is much emphasis on using our resources wisely, recycling is the in-thing and the right-thing – following the template of creation – designed by an vastly intelligent, generous and caring architect of the Universe. An ancient poem-lyric says:

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place. What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

The Shepherd-King : Psalm 8: 3-4

One big hearted project – is called: COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES based in Sussex and bursting at the seams in seeking to service the thousands of opportunities to share in the IT-world. CFC seeks to respond to as many of the 20,000 requests for help it receives each year. Container loads of useful equipment along with expertise is sent to projects of integrity in Africa and elsewhere. In the UK CFC is pioneering a “hands-on” education project using computer technology in selected prisons.

An immediate way you could join in this generous adventure is to  actively collect surplus or used mobile phones. Of the millions of discarded or surplus phones hanging around in the UK, only about 4% are actively recycled. Why not rescue this valuable resource and turn it into a useful asset with CFC.

If you would like to know more about CFC – check out their website or phone them on 01323 840641 http://www.computersforcharities.org/

Happy mobile-hunting!!…. and don’t forget the tax form for Gift Aid.Global Nomadmailto:nomaditinerant@yahoo.co.uk

Resources to Enrich [8]

PLUG YOUR BOOK

This title by author Steve Webber is rich in resources for those interested in promoting their books on the internet. It is full of practical ideas and a good resource to have for exploring possibilities. You can learn more on: http://www.PlugYourBook.com and http://www.webberbooks.com 

 

 

 

 

BOOK COMPARISON

The site called BookHeadenables you to compare the price of book by providing you with an overview of the major book-sellers price for any given title. Well worth looking at: http://www.bookhead.co.uk/

 

SPEAKING VOLUMES

This is a creative initiative in the UK to encourage and equip churches and individuals who have the vision to donate valuable titles to their local Public Libraries. Speaking Volumes has set up an excellent structure to enable these donations to be effective. Check out the idea:http://www.christianbookpromotions.org.uk/ Worth encouraging in other countries.

 

Submitted by Global Nomad

Resources to Enrich [7]

GLOBAL CHANGE: Patrick Dixon is a leading futurist and one of the top 60 thinkers of this decade. His website Global Change has welcomed some 11 million visitors and up to 500,000 folk check it out on a busy day. The site is “full to the brim” with relevant and thought-provoking material. Very worthwhile to visit.   http://www.globalchange.com/stats.htm

BUSINESS PILOT:  In these days of fast moving trends in the business world, having a “pilot” on board or close by can be a tremendous asset to companies. The feedback-comments from businesses that have used Business Pilot are most encouraging. The founder is a personal friend and thus I am following the development with much interest. Why not explore this new resource and recommend to others. http://www.businesspilot.com.au

 

 

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:    Here is a note from a friend who coordinates a training programme for micro-business entrepreneurs. By the way, if you would like to view my training projects, then go to the website of thecompany which has developed the training programme:www.entrepreneurship.co.zaLook on the right hand side for a pull down menu; “FUNDER”.Click on that and then click on “Charity”. The projects that will then be listed are thetraining projects that I have run. This gets updated each time I run the training. www.entrepreneurship.co.za

NETWORK FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT: Each month a group of business entrepreneurs and other interested friends meet on board the historic ship HMS President berthed on  the river Thames in the UK. These events are most valuable and stimulating. They seek to address the latest trends in the business world in relation to social changes worldwide. The presentations are relevant and interactive.  http://www.networkofentrepreneurialtalent.com/

Submitted by Global Nomad

11 October 2008

Resources to Enrich [6]

EFFECTIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE: It is refreshing to meet such practical advice based on Biblical principles. Realistic evaluation is made of each situation of challenge and thoughtful guidance/advice is given. Have recently attended a seminar presented by the Founder and International Director of Work Talk.    http://www.worknetuk.org/partnership/worktalk/wtdefault.asp

INSIGHT INTO THE WORD: Proclamation Trust has spearheaded the equipping of emerging expositional speakers. “The vision of the Proclamation Trust is to encourage ministry that seeks above all to expound the Bible as God’s Word for today.”  Students from around the world have taken part in PT courses. http://www.proctrust.org.uk/

EQUIPPING FOR THE MARKETPLACE:  City Gateway is a wonderful example of creative initiative. Over the past few years, CG has enabled scores of young people to acquire skills equipping them for the career of their choice. http://www.citygateway.org.uk/

Submitted by Global Nomad

11 October 2008