Update #3 from West Africa

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I've always loved the quote, "Your perspective makes all the difference. To a worm, digging in the hard ground all day is way more fun than going fishing."

Pretty hard to argue with that logic. The angle from which we look at an issue, or the color of the lenses through which we view life can make all the difference.

I've been reminded of that reality over the past few days in Nigeria.

Francis and his team were upset because their attendance goal was 200 and the first day they only had 130. The second day the crowd grew to 150 but they still missed their target by 25%. Francis explained that the current scarcity of fuel had made it impossible for some of their most loyal leaders to make it.

I kept telling him that this event wasn't about attendance but how many of the "right" people were there to take the Crucible training home and actually teach it. God affirmed that with style because by the end of the conference, the 150 participants had ordered 15,000 workbooks. Our Nigerian team had only printed 2,000, so demand significantly exceeded supply.

Can you imagine? 150 leaders from 50 churches representing 10 denominations ordered 15,000 workbooks? Apparently we did indeed have the "right" people in the room! And God recalibrated our perspective as he reminded all of us that movements are built by multiplication rather than addition.

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