“DforD” is alive and well in central Africa! I just arrived back in the States after spending two weeks touring Rwanda, Congo and Burundi to meet with national leaders and visit DforD projects. I learned much during my time in Africa including that Rwanda is the MOST densely populated country in Africa and Burundi is the 2nd most densely populated country.
In addition, I learned much about the growth of DforD in this region. Let’s see how much you know? First, what does DforD stand for? If you said “Discipleship For Development” you would be absolutely correct. Secondly, and perhaps less widely known, what is the focus of this “whole life” disciple process? DforD deals with for key relationships all people have: (1) Our relationship with God (2) Our relationship with ourselves (3) Our relationship with others and (4) Our relationship with the environment. By learning holistic principles from the Bible regarding what God has to say about each of these area of life each person is taught how to not only allow God to be the god of salvation, but to be God of all of our lives.
As I sat and listened to DforD participants share what they are learning and how they are applying those principles to their lives, I couldn’t help but think that God desires to be in charge of our lives in the same ways. He wants to be in charge of the way we treat our bodies, the way we relate to those around us, the way we do our work, and what we typically think of as our spiritual lives. Imagine how our lives might change if God were in control of every aspect of our lives…24 hours per day!
May God have his way in me (and you).
– Thayne Thompson, Director of Missional Management