Sunday, July 26, 2015

More Answer to Prayer for Power to Discuss Evaluativism

I asked you to pray for God's help in developing power to engage in a godly discussion of the event we are planning. Here's another update about how that prayer has been answered thus far:

To improve our ability to communicate about this topic, each of us is working on an "elevator speech." This month, Ben shared his experience--he said the speech just came upon him like an answer to prayer.

Each member of our core team holds the pieces for a section of a jigsaw puzzle. It is enough to play with, but none of us can see the whole picture unless we all combine what we have been given. Ben left his pieces out on his desk at his church where various parishioners have played with them. One finally asked him, "What's the deal with the puzzle pieces?"

Ben explained that he is part of a team of Christians responding to evaluativism.

"Evaluativism? What's that?"

"In how we learn, how we process information, there is diversity and oppression."

That was all Ben needed to say. The light bulb went on. The parishioner had already encountered people who think differently and had witnessed the way that diversity leads to oppression. Naming this phenomenon, and gathering people to discuss it, suddenly crystallized the parishioner's experience into observation. Ben found himself receiving eyewitness testimony.

The Psalmist reminds us that "The heavens declare the glory of God." People know a lot about God long before we attempt to describe Him. Ben's experience reminded us that God likewise prepared many hearts to ache for the victims of evaluativism long before the word "evaluativism" was even coined.

On Tuesday, August 18th, Debi and Erin will share their speeches. Thank you for your continued prayers!

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