God's Coming-along-side Heart in a Development Worker - John Van Sloten

November 03, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe continue our God@Work series by looking at the job of a Development Worker. How do they image God through the work they do?

I would say that a good development worker is a person who sees what is broken or unfulfilled in this world and works to make it better.
Peter Timmerman, World Renew (New Hope's man on the ground in Malawi!)

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy;
 deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
God via the Psalmist in Psalm 82:3-4, NIV

The purpose of community development is to work with, often disadvantaged, people and communities (as opposed to providing 'service to' or 'doing for') to improve economic, social and environmental conditions.
Jeff Loomis, Momentum (Calgary community economic developers)
(and also a New Hoper)

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death and the worst kind of death at that a crucifixion.
The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3-8, MSG

As a people called out of oppression to freedom, we must recognize that it is the weakest among us - the elderly, the small children, the handicapped, the mentally ill, the hungry and sick - who form the real center. [The Apostle] Paul says, "It is the parts of the body which we consider least dignified, that we surround with the greatest dignity"
Father Henri Nouwen

Som dagen er vnl, Image by Norwegian Artist Helge Boe (used with permission)

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.



Be Thou my Vision

You're Everything

God of Justice

How Great Thou Art

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Timmerman,Psalm 82:3-4,Philippians 2:3-8,Helge Boe,Malawi,Loomis,Momentum,work,vocation

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