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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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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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Saturday, February 25 2012
Mission Joint Venture is one of the most enjoyable things I do.
 
Me and our board of directors and volunteers get to work with life changing mission efforts around the world.
 
One of the best parts of my job as director is getting to work with the great team that is our board of directors.  I picked them and asked them to serve because of three things.  They are Christians that both live their faith and share it .  They travel to foreign countries and survey the mission efforts they support.  Last but not least, they have given sacrificially to spread the gospel.
 
We meet quarterly and have an annual strategic planning retreat in the fall.  I want you to meet them.
 
Our vice chairperson; Rhonda Gibby
Rhonda is the Vice President of Human Resources for Health Care, KCP and Europe at Kimberly-Clark.  She has been with K-C since 2005.  Prior roles at KC include: VP of KC Global Talent Management, VP of HR for the Chief Marketing Office and Chief Strategy Office, and the Director of Organization Effectiveness. Prior to K-C, Rhonda worked for Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare), Orian Rugs, Employment & Training Consultants and various other companies in a variety of HR and operations roles.
 
Rhonda did her undergraduate studies at Southern Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor degree in Human Resource
 
Management.  She completed her graduate studies at Clemson University and was awarded a Masters degree in Organizational
 
Development and  Masters in Business Administration.  She currently serves of the Board of Directors for North Fulton Child Development Association.  Rhonda and her husband Joe, live in Alpharetta, GA and are members of Vision Baptist Church.
Send Rhonda an email at Rhonda@mjvi.org
 
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Saturday, February 18 2012
If you aren’t looking for this West African nation, you will have trouble finding it. The airline attendant that helped us at the kiosk on the way out of Atlanta had to ask where it was. It’s a nation of approximately 16 million people that speak French and other tribal languages. 
 
Keith Shumaker: The mission work of Keith and Rebecca Shumaker is in its 6th year in Burkina and is seeing great results.  The best way to measure them is by looking at the caliber of men he is training in the Bible College and the churches.   The response to the gospel is visible in the changes that have taken place in so many lives.
 
Bible College: The Bible College will have seven graduates this year that have completed their four year studies and are already pastoring or working in leadership positions in their churches. Konaté, Salif, Simón, Giblert, Tali, Mamadou and Rogé will be graduating. The Bible college building is approximately 70% complete and also houses the church at Cissin.
 
Churches:
·         Pastor Konaté leads the church at Cissin is currently planning a new church plant in Kaya, a city to the northeast of Ouagadougou. This church has its own land and building.
·         Pastor Tali leads the church at Tingandogo, a suburb of Ouagadougou. This church is meeting in a smaller building but will soon finish its new building on the property and will move services there.
·         Pastor Salif leads the church at the village of Roungou. This village is northeast of Ouagadougou where the people speak Mooré.
·         Pastor Mamadou leads the church at Saonré. This church has land and buildings but must get its final paperwork complete on the land title.
·         Pastor Zachary leads the church at Bassinko, a suburb of Ougadougou. The church has a large tract of land, a church building and a house for the pastor.
 
New Churches Planned:
·         Pissila is a city close to the village of Roungou.
·         Koudougou is a city about 80 miles west of Ouagadougou.
·         Kaya is half way between Roungu and Ouagadougou.
 
Partners in the mission: Contact David Lundy at david@mjvi.org to find out how you can make a trip to Burkina Faso, or help out with the work there. Also go to www.theharvest.net to contact Keith Shumaker.
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Saturday, February 18 2012
Viola, (pronounced vwa-la) became one of my all time favorite words last week. Webster’s online dictionary defines it as expressing satisfaction, calling attention to, or the presentation of something as if it appeared by magic. Like we took some graham crackers, marsh mallows and chocolate and viola!  we got smores.
 
The French speaking people of Burkina Faso use this word liberally in conversation. There may be an English equivalent but I don’t know what it is. Plus, it is just a fun word to say. You can draw out the second syllable, put your hands out and smile. They will do the same back to you.  Its fun and its hard to not smile when you say it.   The word has incredible resiliency also.   They don’t get tired of hearing it and I didn’t get tired of saying it.
 
The best way to experience the word viola is to take a trip to Burkina Faso West Africa. You can fly into the capital city of Ouagadougou (Wa-ga-doo-goo) and visit the Shumaker Family. (www.theharvest.net )   Keith and Rebecca and their four children serve as church planting missionaries in the city and in the neighboring villages.  It is common for Keith to translate for English speakers, then a second translation happen into a tribal language.  My wife and I and another of our  board members, David Lundy, and his wife Anne spent last week there with the Shumakers.
 
Here is how it works. Get a passport, call the travel agent, help them find Burkina Faso on the map, pay the money and viola, you will have a mission experience that will change your life.
 
 
Check out the work in Burkina Faso at www.theharvest.net and also at www.mjvi.org/jv_opportunities 
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Sunday, December 04 2011
The 2011 graduating class of the Peru Bible (called a promotion in Spanish) chose to name their promotion “Jonathan Edwards.” This great preacher of the early 1700s was one of the catalysts of the great awakening and revival fires.  Six men graduated from the four year college in Arequipa Peru that has been training men and sending them around Peru and also other continents since the early 1990s. 
 
These six graduates will go back to work with their pastors and will soon be taking major roles in their churches as well as starting new churches. The sword is the Valedictorian award for the college. It signifies superior effort and results in studies as well as his personal testimony and spirituality.   
 

The Peru Bible College offers a full four year on campus education and specialized training for missions and ministry. Most of its alumni are church planting missionaries, pastors and professors at the college. See the Joint Ventures page for more information.

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Saturday, August 06 2011

I have made two trips to Santiago Chile to stay with Jason and Lori Holt at their home in the Maipú region of Santiago.  They are church planting missionaries that are utilizing a strong mission church and Bible college to train men for the ministry.   They use a combination of course work and hands on training to prepare the men for the ministry.  The second stage of the work involves discipleship and the formation of a church congregation in a strategic portion of the city.   MJVI is actively supporting the effort to purchase church land in growing areas knowing that men will be trained and congregations formed in the future.  Why is this good strategy?

It is proactive:  A ministry that plans ahead to this level is expecting growth and is planning for it

 It’s ahead of the market:  As a community or area of a city grows and improves its property values go up.  Raising funds ahead of the specific need and buying property before its price escalates is leverage

Its buying power:  If cash is king then we should run with kings and not with debt.  A cash buyer is powerful and usually gets a better deal.

It attracts supporters:  I support plans that make sense and most of the business and career people I work around do the same

 The land in Chile project is found under JV Opportunities.  Support the fund then go visit the work.

 

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Saturday, August 06 2011
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Monday, August 01 2011
 

Make it Loud

 

I launched this website about one month ago with the help of John Lehmberg at Make it Loud, Inc.   John did my business website www.coldriverdev.com but he was hired for that project by a marketing agency so I didn’t get a chance to work directly with him.   For this web design interview process, I put together the Mission Joint Venture International story.   That’s when John and I found that we shared missions and world evangelism as the reason behind our business.  More than that John knew how to tell the MJVI story well.

 

Since I get such great feedback on this site, I thought it appropriate spotlight John’s company.

 

·         MJVI needed to provide scalability so that it can expand easily as Joint Venture opportunities are added.  It also needed to have some user friendly interface because the talented staff at Make It Loud Inc. handed this off to a web Neanderthal like me.  (Did you see my last site? – ok then)

 

·         I like working with people that understand my goals and what I am trying to accomplish.  I asked for graphics and banners that communicated the message.  I love my logo and artwork.  The young lady that worked on that has the most wonderful personal goals.  She sent me four great logos, all of which would have worked great and she made it look easy.

 

·         I also like working with people that can sense when I have run out of anxiety pills and am ready to be done, but not just be done to be done.  John and his team wrapped up all the final details the same way they started the project.  They left nothing unbuckled or untied.

 

John and Make it Loud, Inc. are on my team permanently.  They care, they have incredible talent, they respond.  Essentials to get through the web creation process to get your message out.

 

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