“I have a dream.” Day Four in Maputo.

June 14th 2007 1 comment so far  

Do you long to see God do something through you that makes you think you might be just a little bit crazy?

About eight years ago a student from Mozambique walked into my DTS office, introduced himself to me, sat down stiffly (as students tend to do when they’re in a professor’s office) and said quietly, but with resolve, “I have a dream.” For the next several minutes Isaias Uaene unfolded for me his vision for establishing an accredited theological school in Maputo, Mozambique, that would provide solid biblical training for leaders from any and every evangelical denomination in his country. The school, Isaias said, would be unique in his country. First, it would seek to meet the standards of education established by the government so that evangelicals could begin to gain credibility in Mozambican society. Second, the school would be “trans-denominational,” that is, with leadership on the board and the faculty from many different denominations. And, third, the curriculum would be based in biblical study with an emphasis on personal mentoring and practical ministry.

Yesterday, we walked into Isaias’ dream. Standing in front a group of students who had come from several different denominations, all eagerly seeking the training that they believe will launch them in ministry, the dream became flesh and blood, bricks and mortar. Oh, the buildings aren’t finished yet. Most of the main facility is just “roughed out.” But the classes have begun and the dream taking shape. (As I entered into Isaias’ dream I couldn’t help but think back to September, 1990, when I stood before the first group of Polish students in our new seminary in Poland, a vision that we had pursued for about eight years before it became a reality.)

At some point your Christian life has to become more than just getting through the next day without losing your sanctification.

What’s your dream? Do you long to see God do something through you that makes you think you might be just a little bit crazy? I wouldn’t know how to live without dreams for God’s work to explode through me in ways that I’ve never seen before. That’s why I love being involved in world missions and being around the world’s true dreamers.

Let me encourage you to dream a little. At some point your Christian life has to become more than just getting through the next day without losing your sanctification. At some point, we all need to think beyond ourselves, live on the edge of the improbable, and trust God to do more than we could ever imagine. For His sake. For His kingdom. Come on, dream with me.


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    Kate Paty June 19th at 10:21 am  

    Wow. Thank you. So many times we are bombarded with an onslaught of practicality that represses any dreams. But if no one dreamt, if no one pursued their dreams, life would be TERRIBLY boring. I’ve always been a dreamer and it’s a terrible thing to feel like you have to downplay your dreams in order for them to be possible. Not to sound juvenile, but duh. We can do all things in Christ who strengthens us. It’s easier said than done; trusting Christ, but truly giving it all up is refreshing. Thank you for the encouragement to take risks in Christ. I think that’s the important part of the whole process though…focusing on Christ through every STEP of the process. Good reminder, Mr. Young.

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