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Three excellent books to read on vocational ministry are: Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor -- Connecting your Work to God's Work; Amy Sherman's Kingdom Calling -- Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good; and, Steven Garber's Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. They are all offered in Kindle editions which make them easy to read on an e-reader, phone or tablet.
We reported in the print version of our prayer letter that we established a scholarship for vocational leadership interns with funds donated in memory of Dr. J. Wesley Clayton. Our first intern, Carolyn Morris, just completed Mission To The World's Cross-cultural Ministry Internship training (CCMI). She did a great job. Her reviews of the training were invaluable for us as we look at how we can better provide training modules for young men and women like Carolyn.
While Carolyn was participating in CCMI, she met another young leader who was running the hospitality service at the training center -- also as a summer intern. Gabriela, like Carolyn, is going to be a junior at college next year. She is majoring in Physics. When she heard Carolyn talk about vocational ministry she started to cry. She said, "I love Physics and I love missions. I thought I would have to choose between the two. You are telling me that God can use my secular profession, in Physics, for global missions. Please sign me up!"
"Signing up" is a big deal for us. We are developing personal profiles of people who want to serve in vocational missions globally in order to share their interests with potential teams of traditional missionaries located where these vocational missionaries would like to serve. Conversely we are developing profiles of missions sites where teams would like to recruit vocational missionaries to work alongside them.
Please pray for the development of this important data base -- and that many would sign up.
Mission To The World's (MTW's) senior strategy team has approved the start-up of our 501C3 non-profit organization -- The 18.26 Network. We project that this will entail a three-year project. We have been given sufficient funds (for the first year) from MTW to hire an office assistant who will work approximately 32 hours a week. The funds will also cover office set-up and projected legal fees for the non-profit registration.
We will continue to live in Europe where we expect to see a lot of vocational ministry development. Jud will be the Director of The 18.26 Network. An MTW colleague, Carl Chaplin, will be the Co-Director. Debbi Beers, who served some years ago as Jud's administrative assistant will be the Office Manager.
We are in the process of recruiting other traditional missionaries who will work under MTW to promote and facilitate the 18.26 Network both in the US and in different overseas areas. We are also recruiting vocational missionaries who will use their vocations to work in global ministry.
The infographic you see above is from the resource page of the 18.26 Network website. You can download a handout that includes the infographic -- feel free to use it in your local church or local ministry. You can also view the online contact forms that are shown on the handout at the contact page for the 18.26 Network.
If you click on the infographic shown above you will be able to view a PDF file that shows the front and back of the handout. Please take a look at it and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or fill out the response form at the bottom of the contacts page on the 18.26 Network website.
Pray that many people who would like to use their vocational gifts in global ministry will connect with our network and let us serve them in their strategic deployment overseas.
Jud with Hugo and Carol Rosales. Hugo is the new Assistant Pastor at the San Pedro Church in Monterrey. They were excited about the vision for a Fellows Initiative in Monterrey. We were delighted, also, to find out the we have very close mutual friends: Mark and Anne Auffarth. Mark was their pastor in Santiago, Chile.
Jud traveled to Monterrey, Mexico in July. This trip was primarily a follow-up to the Fellows mini-conference in Belgium in April. Steven Salter, a friend from Dothan, Alabama, went along to see the ministry that is developing in that city. While we were there we met with: Fernando Garza, a business consultant who is helping with the development of our Fellows Initiative; Andres Garza, (no relation to Fernando) who is the Senior Pastor at the San Pedro church and also the Latin America Director for City to City; Margarita Olivas, a lawyer who will set up a non-profit organization as the sponsoring agency for Fellows; and a number of lay leaders from the San Pedro church. By the end of December we hope to have established a non-profit in Mexico, a board of directors appointed, have Fellows materials translated into Spanish, as well as a plan for an initial beta-test of a Fellows program. Pray for the successful completion of these goals.
Fernando Garza and Steven Salter
On April 10 Jud Lamos, and his colleague Carl Chaplin, submitted a business/ministry plan for a new missionary deployment model to the Senior Strategy Team at Mission to the World (MTW). Jud and Jan have worked for MTW since 1990. That is not going to change -- Jud and Jan will remain under MTW as they work with Carl, and others in MTW, to develop this new deployment model.
The name of the new deployment entity that is being created is the 18.26 Network. In Acts 18:26 Luke writes about Aquila and Priscilla -- a cross-cultural ministry couple who went with the Apostle Paul to Ephesus. When Paul left, they stayed behind and worked in active lay ministry -- they were tent makers -- even using their knowledge of God to correct Apollos concerning his faulty understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.
The goal of the 18.26 Network is to recruit, train, deploy and serve men and women like Aquila and Priscilla. We are currently putting together a ministry Board of Directors, an MTW field advisory council and an MTW office advisory council to help us develop this new model.
Jud and Carl make a verbal report to the Senior Strategy Team on May 11. We are asking for three years of funding for an office management for the 18.26 Network as well as legal fees and office set up expenses. Please pray with us that this will be the start of something that God can use to build his kingdom in a new and creative way.
In March Jud traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in leadership assessment and training for MTW's Global Training and Development department. He participated in assessing two leadership couples (six were assessed in all) and leading the Situational Leadership and Problem Solving training seminars. About 35 potential and current leaders from the Asia/Pacific region attended the training conference.
Jud also had an opportunity to talk to current leaders about vocational ministry opportunities and the Fellows Initiative. Jim Jung, pictured above, is a MTW team leader in Sydney, Australia. He is very interested in vocational ministry for potential colleagues in Sydney.
Leaders from Japan also showed interest in developing a Fellows-like vocational ministry internship in Tokyo. A center city church in Tokyo, connected with City to City out of Manhatten, has a large number of business executives in their congregation. Church leaders think that the vocational ministry internship would encourage young Japanese with global business perspective to become a new kind of missionary from Japan to other global cities around the world.
Finally, Jud was exposed to a network of business people in Bangkok that are looking for employees from the US. One company in particular, FLEX, develops Asian young people for university acceptance in the US. Jud was told of four openings at FLEX for American employees who have the counseling and development skills to work in this kind of business.
Jud and Jan Lamos have been in global ministry for over 40 years -- not combined years -- but 40 sequential years together. They have lived in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and now travel extensively to globalize Mission to the World's vision, values and goals. These blogs add special insight into their lives of service.