Leadership in Ukraine (cont’d.):

Today we’re going to continue working on the concept of visioneering.  We’re going to cover some more concepts on vision.  So here we go:

Vision begins as a concern:  We talked about this yesterday.  Remember Bill Hybels’ quote from Popeye (That’s all I can stands.  I can’t stands no more.)?  We ended yesterday speaking of Nehemiah’s concern for Jerusalem.   

  • (Nehemiah 1:4)  Nehemiah heard about the situation in Jerusalem.  He began to pray and fast over the situation.
  • In a sense there are as many visions/passions as there are unmet needs on God’s heart.  This was one of them.
  • A Vision Does not necessarily require immediate action:
    • The vision matures in us.
    • Every vision begins as an idea.
    • Every vision begins as a burden.
    • Time gives us the opportunity to weigh good burdens and ideas from the best ideas and burdens.
    • We mature in preparation for the vision.
    • In the case of a divinely ordered vision God goes to work in you to prepare you for what he knows lies ahead.  The need often seems so urgent it seems foolish to wait.  But God is sovereign.  Keep in mind your vision is simply an extension of God’s vision.  And his timing is perfect.  The Apostle Paul said it this way:

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)      But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles. (Galatians 1:15&16)

Other passages of Scripture:

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4)                                                                                                If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you (John 15:7).

I need to give credit where credit is due and these ideas are from Andy Stanley’s book Visioneering.  This book along with two others will be the basis for our course at Kiev Theological Seminary.  

Ukraine is the launch point for many ministry fores into the rest of the former Soviet Union.  It is estimated that 70% of pastors in Russia are ethnic Ukrainians.  So, when we think of the predominately Islamic “Stans” their best hope of being reached is through the efforts of the Ukrainian church.  And much is going on in that effort.  So, that’s one reason why teaching this course in Kiev is so important.  Everything rises and falls on leadership.

So, now to a Ukrainian story….  This one is a bit more serious, but a very crucial lesson in the whole area of dependency.  I was in a church in Kaleenovka.  Kaleenovka’s claim to fame is that is where Nikita Khrushchev was born.  It’s about 30 minutes north of Vinnitsa in the Vinnitsa Oblast.  They needed about $10,000 to finish their building.  Our church had raised $6,000 to give to them. As the srvice was progressing I was moved by the singing, testimonies and preaching.  I leaned over and whispered to my translater Victor, “I wish I had another $4,000 so they could finish this building.  This is such a great group of people and an awesome ministry.”  Victor responded, “That’s okay Dave.  If you gave us all we needed we would be tempted to stop trusting in God and start trusting in you.”  That blew me away.  What great insight from a 29 year old.  When we move into another culture we need to never subplant that trust in God we all need to put first in our lives.

Well that’s this leader’s view.

Blessings,

Dave

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