Mark is an engineer by background; Jo a psychologist and counsellor. Together with their home church (which, interestingly, has put all its missions eggs into a one-nation basket: Cambodia) they have developed excellent resources and a well thought-through strategy to encourage the Cambodian church towards self-sustainability.
Learning vision principles - a hilarious exercise that makes multiple application points!
Mark and Jo enjoying a giggle during the 'Vision' forum
At the heart of the strategy are monthly half-day forums and weekly mentoring groups. The weekly groups have a mix of church pastors and business people in them - about eight people in total per group. I have accepted an invitation to be involved in a mentoring group. There are pastoral leaders from the church Sue and I attend in my group, as well as business people. Frank, who is worthy of a separate blog introduction, balances the group as he is one proficient business guy in a culture that is very interesting to manage a business in.
The monthly half-day forums are held 8am-12noon on a Saturday, followed by lunch together. Today was my intro - a very well put-together session on vision and planning. Mark and Jo mixed it up with a lot of small-group interaction, practical application stuff and good written material. Well done, guys!