Monday, November 05, 2007

$3,800 more this week... Plus, the Dalits of India: what is our role as Christians?

What is our role as Christians regarding the Dalits of India?
On Saturday I had the privilege of issuing the closing challenge at the 19th Annual Ottawa Missionary Brunch here in Ottawa. The turnout was great with about 175 buying tickets, and the conference inspiring as about 10 missionaries gave reports of what God is doing around the world.

An unexpected thing happened while I was speaking. I was promoting a book called "Dalit Freedom" (written by Joseph D'Souza: the head of the All Christian Council of India; also the head of OM India) about the 200-300 million "untouchables" (or "Dalits") of India; and how, as the lowest members of society, they are an oppressed people. (Read about one village of Dalits in my September 2006 blog post Rat Eaters.)

So, while I was speaking, a brother of Indian origin suddenly stood up to say that he strongly disagreed with the contents of this book. He sat down and I went on, and then he stood up again to repeat his message! Needless to say, it was a surprising disturbance.

Afterwards, this brother came up to me and acknowledged that nothing I had said was untrue--I wish he had said this from the floor!--but that he wanted to use me as a "scapegoat" (his words) to communicate to the audience that we should not, as Christians, get involved in the Dalit issue. (At least, this is what I understood his message to be.)

What do you think? I view this as similar to Apartheid of South Africa. It is an issue of social inequality. What are your thoughts? Should Christians get involved?

Anyway, a little extra unanticipated colour in a meeting never killed anyone. ;)

Update on the 10,000 Jesus DVDs project
Wow, I have an unofficial figure that ~$3,800 came in this week for the Christmas outreach project. This brings the total amount that has come in to $8,667.75! We are praying for $15,000 by November 31, and $30,000 by December 31; so thanks for joining us in 'praying in' the needed funds.

Today I received an email in conjunction with this project to say that "One church we know is having a fundraising supper for [the Christmas outreach project], another friend's Sunday School is having a penny drive." Praise the Lord. He is at work, and He has invited us to be part of what He is doing.
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27 Sat (1) 11am Commencement speaker at R. University, (2) ~3pm+ time w/ V/AR+
29 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer, (2) 3pm mtg DerCh - Mississauga
30 Tue (1) 10am ph call (AA), (2) 5:30pm video mtg (IsTan), (3) 8pm neighbourhood prayer mtg

1 Thu (1) 11:30am Zoom mtg (LM), (2) 4pm mtg (VS,KBr)
2 Fri (1) 10:30am ph call (PVDW; SL w/ boys; ~J working)
3 Sat SL w/ boys and MG
5 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 2pm Europe call, (3) 5pm mtg/walk (YM)
6 Tue (1) 11:30am lunch (GD) - St. Jacobs, (2) 4pm mtg (AF) - Cambridge, (3) 7:30pm worship night
9 Fri ~J's b'day
10 Sat North Bay trip
13 Tue 11am mtg (DAy) (~J school trip w/ ~Co | text BD)
14 Wed 9:30am time w/ BD
15 Thu 4:30pm video mtg (Paul T.)
16 Fri (1) 9am video med appt, (2) 15-km run (Prayer Journey "warm-up")
17 Sat Prayer Journey (my own: 50km GTA bike-ride; Jessie's: 5KM) and speaking at GTA after-party
23-25 Fri-Sat poss. SL
26 Mon 2pm Europe monthly call
29 ... July 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas

... 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas
~8-17 SA+ in Toronto; P/H Bell likely visiting too
15 Sat aft+ baptism (Saj; NaB may be coming)
17-21 Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp
24 Mon 2:45pm med. appt
26 Wed (1) 11am video mtg (SM), (2) 3pm Zoom mtg (SMa,SB), (3) 7pm ~J speaking at Greenhouse/Zoe - UofT downtown
27 Thu 10am video MVT board mtg
31 Mon 3:05pm med. appt
July/Aug CCWM board mtg / AGM

2 Wed 11am video mtg (SM+)
6-12 Sun-Fri Cottage w/ O/DN+ and UB/AC - Windermere; plus Muskoka
19 Sat poss. ~J fam beach day - Brighton area
25-29 Fri-Tue MoveIn staff retreat - southern Ontario

Sep 21 Thu - MVT board mtg
Sep 23 Sat poss. date of GV memorial
Sep 24 Sun ~Ch's b'day
Sep ~26-28 Poss. time in Lushnjë, Albania
Sep 29 - Oct 6 MoveIn Europe Conference+ - Durrës, Albania
Oct 21 Sat poss./unlikely date of GV memorial
Oct 21-27 Dollar-a-Day week
Early Nov Poss. fundraising event - Niagara
Nov-Jan Poss. time in India - Goa; Philippines - Manila+; Indonesia - Jakarta/Bali; LA/San Diego