Our training continues in Singapore. Last night, we went out for seafood. Where else would you go but Jumbo, the big name in seafood? Sitting in the harbor, right on the beach. It was beautiful. The fellowship with people from Eastern Europe, India, the big country, Singapore, all of whom are committed to seeing the glory of God expand around the world as people’s hearts are made new, as people respond to the pardon of God, attracted by the promises of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit (to borrow a little John Piper).
Back to Singapore. It’s amazing to think of a city as an entire country. It’s really crowded here. The city is crowded. The East Asia Office is in an amazing building. Land is at a premium. So the owners of the building decided to build another building — on top of the existing 18 stories. There are huge piers that completely support the 9 stories of the new building. The original building has floors 1-18. The new building has floors 19-27.
But the new building does not touch the old building. It’s built above the old building! Amazing! They each have their own elevator shafts. We get into our elevator each morning and select from floors 19-27. (Actually, for safety’s sake, there is a staircase/fire-escape that connects the two buildings, but no structural support.)
Singapore harbor is crowded also. I haven’t even tried to count the ships. It’s amazing.
Even the geography is crowded. While sitting at dinner last night, I could look across the South China sea channel and see Indonesia across the way.
We are spending our mornings being trained in how to use the measurement tools. We’ve learned how to configure the tool to duplicate the organizational structure of a country or region. We’ve learned how to enter statistics into the tool as end users. We’ve learned how to generate reports that help leaders identify effective strategies, areas of unusual responsiveness to the gospel, and staff teams who have found unusually effective ways to build spiritual movements.
The afternoons are spent with each initial rollout team configuring the tool for their region, and the countries in their region. Each team will return to their home areas and train others to use the tools.
We expect a tremendous documentation of what God is accomplishing around the world, for His glory. We expect a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we build an infrastructure that allows Him to bless us even more with more fruit, more movements, and more glory for Himself.
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