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Darren Morrison: Leadership Coordinator

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Servant Leadership

What is servant leadership?  A good definition that Skip Prichard gives is “Leading with others in mind.”  In John 13:1-20 we see Jesus washing His disciple’s feet displaying the ultimate example of humility and servant leadership.  God became a human, and not only did he become a human, but he served and loved people and not only did he serve and love people, but he served and loved people that the world rejected (prostitutes, lepers, tax collectors), and not only did he serve and love those people, but he chose willingly to die on the cross for all of us while we were still sinners… God the creator of everything in the universe, who is bigger and better than anything, made himself nothing because He loved us.  It’s hard to imagine that kind of love yet we are called to do the same for others.  We are called to be servant leaders, be humble, and die to ourselves so we can show the love of Christ.  Please be praying for all our Mission Possible schools in Haiti as the students get ready to learn about this very topic of servant leadership.



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Book Review: Cross-Cultural Partnerships by Mary T. Lederleitner

This week I read Mary T. Lederleitner’s book on cross cultural partnerships.  In her book she talks about errors we make when collaborating with people from other cultures.  It also includes suggestions for those who want to have healthy partnerships with those from other cultures.  Overall this book was helpful and reminded me why Mission Possible works in Haiti and the Dominican Republic the way that we do.  We are a hand-up organization that desires to equip the nationals.  We provide accountability while also walking along side our leaders as they grow.  And we always try to respect and help the nationals keep face so they are empowered to make a difference in their own country.  This is how Mary wraps up her book:

“I dream of a day when Philippians 2:1-16 is not the exception but rather the norm for cross-cultural ministry partnerships.  I dream of the day when we choose not to compartmentalize our theology and how we do ministry, but rather, our theology informs and transforms how we work with one another.  I dream of a day, and I can see it in my heart, when the world stops and takes notice of what is happening in our cross-cultural ministry partnerships.  I dream of the day when world leaders come to Christians to see how they can get along better because the global church is modeling this so very beautifully.” –Mary T Lederleitner

If you are interested in global missions and working with people from other cultures, I highly recommend this book.  If you’re interested in seeing how I believe Mission Possible tries to operate as a ministry, I highly recommend this book.  Hope you check it out.  Thanks for reading.

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Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth

I just finished this book that discusses the ability to have grit.  This book hits on the fact that we need to set goals, have a clear vision, overcome adversity and follow our dreams with passion and perseverance.  This book challenges the readers to not give up when things are tough and that the most successful individuals have grit.  This is how Angela describes the term grit in her book.

“We all face limits- not just in talent, but in opportunity.  But more often than we think, our limits are self-imposed.  We try, fail, and conclude we’ve bumped our heads against the ceiling of possibility. Or maybe after taking just a few steps we change direction.  In either case, we never venture as far as we might have.  To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal.  To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice.  To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.” –Angela Duckworth

If you want to be challenged and encouraged to not give up on your goal(s), I believe you  should read this book.  If you want to become a better leader, I believe you should read this book.  Check out this short video that talks about grit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWctLEdIgi4&t=42s    ENJOY!

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The Thoughts & Attitude of a Leader

Over the past year, God has humbled me and revealed many weaknesses that I need to improve upon so I can be a more effective leader.  I will not bore you with the entire list for the sake of time, but one of these areas was my thoughts.  I had noticed a pattern developing in my own mind; if something did not go as planned or was more stressful than I thought, my attitude and drive would crumble.  I was not handling adversity as I use to.  I saw it with my relationships, with my work, coaching, everything.  God allowed me to be humbled, but He likewise (and graciously) revealed the solution.  I must surrender my thoughts to Him.  Now that is definitely over simplified, but our thoughts/responses not the events in our lives are what drag us down.  Here are the nuggets that God revealed to me over the last year:

The Bible: Philippians 4:4-13, Proverbs 23:7, Romans 12:2
-To summarize, these verses talk about focusing our thoughts on things above that are good, as we think in our heart so we are, and the importance of renewing our mind.  If we want to have good thoughts, we must surrender our thoughts to God.  I encourage you to look them up for yourself and read them at https://www.biblegateway.com/ .

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
-James Allen hits on many of the same thoughts as I mentioned in the verses above.  Our attitude is determined by our thoughts.  It is a choice and we hold the keys.  Here’s a link to the audio book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn_eg3xDp8s
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.  A man is literally what he thinks” –James Allen
“Man is made or unmade by himself.  By the right choice, he ascends.  As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.” –James Allen

Grit by Angela Duckworth
-Angela Duckworth discusses the importance of Grit in her recent book.  She explains that we must know what we want and then focus all our thoughts on going after that goal.  Those who have Grit are those who have mastered the battle in their mind and persevere to reach their goals.  Here’s an intro to her book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWctLEdIgi4
“In sum, no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways.  Firstly these, exmplars were unusually resilient and hard working.  Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted.  They not only had determination, they had direction.  It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special.  In a word, they had grit.” –Angela Duckworth on Grit

E+R=O/Event+Response=Outcome by Focus 3’s Tim & Brian Kight/Urban Meyer
-We cannot control events in our lives, but we can control our responses, which leads to our outcomes.  We must train our minds to respond to events “above the line” and rise to events so we do not fall when adversity strikes.  Urban Meyer’s book “Above the Line” hits on this formula more and so does this short video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn7iKNVwVto

John C Maxwell and other Leaders
-Over this last year I have read two of John’s books 21 Laws of Leadership and the 5 Levels of Leadership.  Both have helped me improve my mindset as a leader.  Along with those two books, I have also enjoyed many of his sermons and lessons on leadership.  Others Leaders I would include are Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Simon Sinek, Brendon Burchard, and many more so check them out on youtube.  One lesson that hits on the topic of this blog post is his sermon on The Attitude of a Leader by John Maxwell.  Here’s the link if you would like to listen to the sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BzXvIZDy6E&t=1055s

Famous/Successful Individuals
-Celebrities, motivational speakers, and athletes all believe in the power of their thoughts/responses and how it leads to results.  Here is just a sample of what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4NjopCA00

Over this last year, I wondered why God kept reminding me of the importance of my thoughts and attitude.  I can now look back and see what He was/is doing in me.  I hope that you find these nuggets encouraging and challenging too.  God Bless!


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Why Hispaniola?

The Facts

  • Voodoo spiritism has a strong influence in the majority of Haitian culture.
  • Haiti is the most densely populated and poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
  • AIDS is rampant with 5.6% of adults infected with HIV/AIDS.
  • 1 in 8 children die before the age of 5.
  • People regularly die from minor illnesses.  Cholera continues to be a problem.
  • Life expectancy is under 50 years old.
  • 80-90% unemployment rate.
  • Average income is $450.
  • 23% of children suffer from malnutrition.
  • 80% of the population is functionally illiterate.

This is why we do what we do at Mission Possible.  Our hope is that by equipping Christ-Centered leaders, we will see numbers like these get better over time.  Visit our website here if you are interested in becoming more involved.

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