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Wednesday, March 28 2012
MJVI/BCWE has been involved in the construction and operations of the Peru Bible College for many years now and it’s always a thrill to bring an update of what is happening. Also very exciting is the fact that a new website has been implemented to keep you informed on the three major ministries in Peru that we partner with. The Peru Bible College, the Jacob Hunter Christian School and the TV Station Channel 33 Arequipa. The website is at the end of this article and will have frequent news and information about the ministry there.
 
Classes started back at the Bible College last Tuesday March 20th with 14 new students for the fall semester. Its fall south of the equator even though there are not many trees in Arequipa. There are 23 students living on the campus and 43 total studying for the gospel ministry. You may remember the graduation of six men last December as they completed their four years of study. Those men will be working as full time pastors, missionaries or preachers in their churches.
 
The strategic nature of this college goes beyond South America as its graduates also serve in America, Morocco, Burkina Faso West Africa and are studying to go to other countries as well. Spanish is also among the world’s most used languages. Around 329 million people speak it as their native language is 44 countries. Graduates from the college are also trained in language acquisition to work in countries where Spanish is not the primary language.
 
For more information on the work in Peru, go to The Peru Ministry Website
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Monday, March 26 2012
I was recently discussing some of what I consider to be the keys to discipline and time management with a young man that already shows a proclivity toward that lifestyle. I took about 15 minutes to describe the benefits of rising early and getting a jump on the day and the competition. (competition for your time) Since we don’t have that kind of time here, I will just say get up already!   Five benefits that come with rising early.  
 
1.    Peace and quiet. Imagine working completely unmolested by coworkers or clients. We need both, but sometimes we just need peace and quiet. If I get to my office by 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. I have almost a half a day to work my own schedule before the first interruption.
 
2.    Focus. You can safely turn off your email and cell phone because nobody is going to call you. The ability to focus on one item and put all your concentrative energies into it is a proven method to create more high quality work, faster. Multitasking means portioning one little sliver of yourself on 6 things at once. That just insures that all six get done in a mediocre fashion.
 
3.    You are alert while others are still waking up. If I had a wasps nest to take out, it was always an early morning job. I wanted to be fully alert while they were still asleep. There is an advantage to being prepared for any meeting. There is a bonus for being awake and alert.
 
4.    Do important things at the top end of your performance curve. The more stuff you heap on the brain during a day, the more it drains the reserves. The mental and emotional reserves for any given day have only so much capacity.  It’s the P and PC of Covey’s seven habits.  You run out of emotional or mental reserve and you are toast for the day.  In the morning is when my performance capability is at its highest.
 
5.    Info up. Get a quick Wall Street Journal fix or whatever information sources serve your industry.   Be up on the important stuff. This would not include facebook updates or tweets about who had what for supper last night.
 
Many have mounted a good argument that they can create the same zone late in the evenings and get up at the crack of noon. Maybe so, but the boost that comes from the combination of the rest, the shower and the venti bold roast is a powerful tonic that the evening just can’t duplicate. I prioritize the steps to my goals and the most important tasks of the day for the first four hours. They deserve me at my best.
 
One more thing - go to bed already.
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Saturday, March 17 2012
In all the years I have known David Lundy, our schedules have never lined up so that we could take a mission trip together. We fixed that blemish on the record this February with our trip to Burkina Faso West Africa. David promotes the work happening in Burkina Faso in churches and with anyone he can get to listen. That ministry has a tremendous friend and ally in David and Anne Lundy.
 
God has used David and Anne to conduct children’s ministries in the US and Mexico as well as Burkina Faso. David serves as the secretary on the board of directors and has been part of BCWE, Inc. since it started in 2004. He and his wife are very active in their church, Lakeview Baptist Church in Buford, GA. 
 
Send David an email at david@mjvi.org
 
David Lundy – SecretaryDavid Lundy, a resident of Braselton, Georgia, surrendered his life to Christ in July of 1987 at the age of 19. He is a member of Lakeland Baptist Church, located in Buford, Georgia, where he teaches discipleship classes and Wednesday night services. David completed biblical studies at the Resthaven Baptist Bible Institute. He makes regular mission trips to Morocco, Peru, Mexico and Burkina Faso, where he has served as a yokefellow, partner and longtime friend to Missionary Keith Shumaker in Burkina Faso. 
 
David travels and speaks in churches and at events to raise interest and funds for the work in Burkina Faso. David has been in the construction industry for the past 23 years and in the owner and founder of D&L Contracting. David uses his business and his personal life to reach his goal of seeing the gospel spread to the world.
 
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Monday, March 05 2012
My first pastor gave me some advice way back in the second or third year of my Christian life that has proven to be some of the best counsel I have ever received. It went like this. 
 
Ninety-five percent of your Christian life is just determination.
 
We are seekers of the mystical powers of those that work 18 hour days seemingly without tiring and accomplish their mission. When the truth is that most of the time it’s not a mystical power that gets the heavy lifting done, rather it is the bland, unspectacular, anti-climactic hard work driven by a determined individual.
 
Persistence is why the water wins the battle with the rock. Consistency is the best type of character capital. Diligence produces work that is sound and solid. Reliability makes a man valuable. All these things boil down to determination.
 
Desire is not enough. Passion is an overused, tired word.
 
Determination is the collection of all a man’s willpower to finish a task. It is what pushes to the goal on the days where there is no desire, no passion and no mystical power.
 
Ninety-five percent determination means the determined man will finish what the genius may never start.
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Sunday, March 04 2012
Quote of the Day
 
If you don’t get the business quote of the day from Mission Joint Venture International then you are missing a great business or character quote, in your email at 5:00 a.m. every morning and a Bible verse to get your day started.
 
Here is what you are missing.
 
"Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well."
Josh Billings
 
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyways."
John Wayne
 
“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
"Go to where the puck is going to be, not where it is now."
Wayne Gretzky
 
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas A Edison
 
"You won't get a second chance to make a first impression."
Gary Keller

The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
 
Here is how you get on quote of the day.
 
Send me your email address john@mjvi.org
 
 
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Saturday, March 03 2012
Mike Dye is one of my heroes. 
He holds the distinction of being one of the few people I know who was truly prepared for the real estate melt down of the last 5 years.
Mike participated in the 2006 career and professional seminar that I held as BCWE, Inc. with 9 other men and finished the course with a trip to Arequipa Peru to visit the Peru Bible College in December of that year. He has kept up with the ministry and been a huge financial supporter of BCWE/MJVI.
Mike challenges me and my ideas as the director which is invaluable to me and for which I am grateful. Send Mike an email at mike@mjvi.org
Michael K. Dye – Treasurer:
 
Mike Dye is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in May 1992 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual major in Real Estate and Finance. Mike spent the past 20 years in the real estate industry and was initially employed by EBC Holdings Corporation.  For a majority of the time he served as Executive Vice President where he directed and managed all facets of development for one of the largest US based executive office suite firms with locations throughout the southeast United States including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
 
In 2003, Mike resigned his corporate position and founded Edge City Properties, Inc.  Since that time, he has successfully invested and developed more than $50 million in commercial and residential projects. Mike is licensed real estate broker in the State of Georgia.  He is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders, Council for Quality Growth and the Atlanta Board of Realtors.  In addition, he holds significant continuing education credits in real estate development and investments.
 
Dye lives in Berkeley Lake, GA with his wife, Tracy and two children, Hunter and Madison.  They are active members in Perimeter Church located in Johns Creek.  In addition, the Dye family are active participates and contributers to various charities including Samaritans Purse, Compassion International and Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). 
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