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Luncheon Speakers for December and January
Those who made it to our November meeting gained a great deal of insight into why ISIS and other extremist organizations are behaving as they are, and learned how Christian women are ministering to Arab women throughout most of the Middle East. Any of us who were there will be glad to share what we learned.
I hope you will be able to join us for either or both of these excellent presentations:
About 29% of the world’s population (up from 24% in the mid-80s) has never heard nor seen the Gospel. Our speaker for lunch at the Belo on Thursday, December 18th, will be Kent Parks of Act Beyond. He will share Jesus’ approach to sharing the good news, which launched a global movement. When Paul and others used it, in only two years, all 15 million people in the province of Asia (much of modern Turkey) had heard the Gospel. Kent will share insights on how this approach is being used today in his talk, "Bringing Spiritual Justice to the Unreached 29% of the World: A Holistic/Exponential Solution." Act Beyond (beyond.org) is committed to stimulating disciple-making movements in unreached people groups and cities. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Asian Muslims for 20 years. They regularly lead church planting movement training around the world. He also equips people to better understand mission strategy, biblical theology, and the biblical basis of missions. He has served as a pastor, seminary dean, and strategy coordinator for launching movements among unreached people groups (UPGs) in Southeast Asia. Kent is Co-Facilitator for Ethne—ethne.net—(a global network of UPG-focused leaders), is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, and is Senior Associate for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.
At our meeting on Thursday, January 15th, you will hear from Dallas lawyers who have traveled to Africa to minister to lawyers in the countries served by African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) www.alarm-inc.org. Leah Boyd, CLS member and ALARM director, briefly will provide background on ALARM's ministry. A panel of lawyers who have served with ALARM in Africa in the last 13 months will share their experiences and the impact of those experiences. Scheduled panel members will include lawyers spanning a broad range of practices and career stages, from civil and criminal litigators to transactional and entity counsel, with experience from one to over 30 years. The needs are great, and we are uniquely positioned to help our brothers and sisters in Africa transform their countries. YOU may be the one God calls to go to Africa in the near future. You will be glad that you attended this one.
I look forward to seeing you at the Belo! Bring a friend!
CLS Presents Bi-Weekly Lawyer Devotionals
As a member of CLS national, I received a thought-provoking and encouraging devotional, which CLS is going to send on a bi-weekly basis to its members who request it. It is posted at https://clsnet.org/pages/resources/devotionals/work-how-much-is-too-much I hope you will be encouraged as I was. You might even be encouraged to join CLS national, which can be done in couple of minutes at www.clsnet.org/pages/membership/join-cls.
Prayer—The Critical Practice
Within an hour after a time of prayer with friends on Thursday, I had the chance to meet people whom I sensed were put in my path in response to those prayers. What an encouragement and affirmation!
To be sure, prayer is not intended to be a hot line solely to transmit our list of “needs.” When the “ask” is replaced with the fancier word “supplication,” you can make a handy acronym for what prayer should be, “ACTS”: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
A missionary friend recently sent me the following quote that reminded me just how important prayer is:
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick
Election of Directors of the Dallas Chapter for 2015
At its September meeting, our chapter’s board adopted bylaws that provide for election of chapter directors on a calendar year cycle. Our December 18th lunch meeting will include a very brief members’ meeting at which ballots will be cast for the election of directors. Pursuant to the bylaws, voting will be by members of CLS national, and those who are nominated will have to be members of CLS national to serve as directors.
If you would like to submit the name of someone for consideration as a nominee, send it to a member of the Nominations Committee: Tim O’Hare (email@example.com), Greg Wilhelm (Info@gregwilhelm.com) and/or me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will consider recommendations from all participants at CLS Dallas meetings. Any person nominated by two members of CLS national will be on the ballot.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!