Roundup 2016-02-19

Two most important things I have read this week: 
NYT: Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and me. Link
Kirk Bowman. TEDxPeachtree: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit. Link

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles 
Africa: drought may affect 49 million. Link
Asia: Requiem for a river: the slow death of the Mekong. Link
Life as a female refugee: ‘you don’t know who to trust.’ Link
Afghanistan: who’s on the verge of defeat? ISIS? The government
Afghanistan: Taliban controls the drug trade, becomes a cartel. Link
China: The Golden Generation–why China’s super rich send their children abroad. Link
China: how it became a country of suburbs (“Chinese Dream”=outskirts of major cities). Link
Jordan: struggles under a wave of Syrian refugees. Link
Mexico: 45% of Catholics regularly engage with traditional religious beliefs, practices. Link
Nigeria: booming film industry redefines African life (‘Nollywood’). Link
Saudi Arabia: young see cushy jobs vanish along with nation’s oil wealth. Link
… oil used to be $100/barrel, now $30/barrel, equates to 60% drop in govt budget … 
Syria: officer gave a view of war. ISIS came, and Silence Followed. A sad tale. Link
Syria: why Russia and the West can’t win in Syria (a look at the religious dynamics). Link
Uganda Election: social media (Facebook, Whatsapp) blocked. Prayers requested. Link
Yemen: 21 million need aid, ‘human catastrophe’ unfolding. Link

N Korea 
South Korean leader warns of north’s collapse (if it persists in nuclear development). Link
S Korea ambassador urges ‘extraordinary’ new sanctions on the North. Link
China talks up prospect of N Korea sanctions that ‘bite.’ Link
… mostly to avoid US deployment of THAAD missile defense system, unlikely they will actually do it … 
CIA watching for Iranian nuclear collaboration with rogue states like N Korea. Link
… if evidence of this were ever found, it could have significant repercussions … 

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources 
Earth sets 9th straight monthly record for heat: global average 55.5, 1.1C above normal. Link
Missiographic: 7 Stats you need to know to serve the King (2016 ed). Link
Female genital mutilation: the numbers keep rising, up (at least) by 70 million. Link
Does where you’re from affect your leadership style (globally)? Link
Which cities have grown the most since 1955? Link
Syrian Refugee Data: UN Inter-agency Information Sharing Portal. Dashboard, reports. Link
Syria: quantifying carnage: how many people has Syria’s civil war killed? Charts. Link

Long Reads / Mission Industry News 
9 myths Christians believe about pain, suffering and evil. Link
Martin Lee. As the Father sent me: mission is not an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. Link
‘Generation Z’ described (uses Fourth Turning language for part), impacts recruitment. Link
NYT: Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and me. Link

Missional thinking / Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills 
Persons of Peace. (One view. In another, PoPs don’t always believe, but they do open doors.) Link
Single missionaries and burnout. Link
Building habits: how, and the long-term consequences. Link. Also: The Power of Habit, Duhigg. 
10 things missionaries wished their churches new. Link

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts 
Kirk Bowman. TEDxPeachtree: The world doesn’t need another new non-profit. Link
… instead of investing in ‘idea startups’ provide expansion capital for existing successes … 
… instead of investing in ‘the next great idea’ invest in long-term relationships with effective leaders … 
… instead of starting our own ripples, invest in existing ripples, and amplify them into waves … 
Manifest Conference: Growth is a system, not a bag of tricks. Link
… tons of applications here, especially around viral growth. Check out 20 minute video. … 
… Growth is not tactical (tips+tricks). Growth is an organic model, a system, interlinking parts. 
… Growth is about involving one batch of users to invite another batch of users, optimizing loop 

UPG Profiles 
Iran: the desolate, apocalyptic landscape of Lake Urmia. Link
A teen rescued from Boko Haram captivity still pines for her militant husband. Link
34 incredibly beautiful reasons to visit Iran. Link

Futuristics / Tech 
By 2020, more people will have mobile phones than electricity or sanitation. Link
… and 75% of world’s mobile data traffic will be video … 
2016 trends: video in business (slide show). Link
Some Syrian refugees can now pay for food just by scanning their eyes. Link
Military robots: lethal, but how dangerous? US DOD bans autonomous weapons until 2020s. Link

Quotable

“It is possible to be orthodox and irrelevant.” And we will be “if we exegete scripture and fail to exegete culture” ~Steve Moore 

“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of…skill.” ~Albert Einstein 
“It takes more than clicking like for a good cause to change the world.” ~Michael Oh

“I’ve never seen a problem that was solved by only complaining about it.” ~Steve Keating

“Just because we’re being ‘obedient’ doesn’t mean we’re being ‘legalistic.’” ~Nathan Rittenhouse

“In the midst of change we often discover wings we never knew we had.” ~Ekaterina Walter

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” ~John F. Kennedy

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” ~Warren Buffett

“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” ~Oprah

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work out for the rabbit.” ~R. E. Shay

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