Happiness from BMS World Mission

Picture the situation, you’re part of a (fairly old) Christian Mission Society, and you have a healthy financial update to publish.

Do you, a: Publish another report, which people may not actually read.

Or do you, b: Release a video of your staff dancing, with the main updates included.

In the case of BMS World Mission they went with this…

Happy – The BMS financial update video 2014 from BMS World Mission on Vimeo.

I may pay more attention to finances if only there was more dancing in the world

(I imagine there is a PDF file somewhere with lots and lots of numbers for people who like that sort of thing)

A look at sending money overseas

Snippet of an interview with David Kerrigan, General Director of BMS World Mission, on having a Christian perspective on sending money overseas in the light of Godfrey Blooms comments on sending aid overseas:

What do you think of using terms like “Bongo Bongo Land” to refer to countries that receive aid?

I think that, irrespective of what Godfrey Bloom actually says, the reality is that that kind of phrase betrays a very old world attitude of superiority towards the rest of the world. And whilst he may say it is not in any way overtly racist, it is a coded comment for a disparaging view of developing countries or countries simply a long way from the UK.

What should Christians make of it?

I believe that we should have absolutely no truck with that kind of perspective on other parts of the world. Irrespective of whether they are economically poorer than ours, culturally different from ours or speak a different language, we are all part of humankind and respect between nations and between peoples is fundamental to a Christian worldview.

What about the substance of what he was saying: that aid sent to the developing world ends up paying for designer sunglasses and apartments in Paris?

If we were being ruthlessly honest, we could go back in history and find examples where the UK and other countries did give aid to dictatorships and turned a blind eye as to how that was used. Perhaps in BMS’ experience, the worst example of that was in Zaire (now D R Congo) where billions of pounds were given to President Mobutu over many years. He spent that money hiring Concorde to fly him to and from Paris with suitcase loads of cash for shopping expeditions. I don’t believe that kind of abuse is happening today and I would say that DfID is far more accountable and demands the same level of accountability from its partners.

Read the rest of the interview over at bmsworldmission.org

Weekly Round Up: The Will It Blend Edition

Bit of a mixed bag this week, its a bit of a blended mix if you will:

A while ago, a number of bloggers were watching with their head in their hands as the SPCK chain of bookshops were sold to St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust. This move led to a number of tragic tales coming from the former chain of book stores. “The Watcher” has provided a handy reminder that the saga isnt over yet. In the interests of fair play, please feel free to check out the St Stephen The Great homepage.

Did you hear the joke about the guy that said he was going to blow up Robin Hood airport? The joke itself wasn’t funny, but the punchline is actually quite serious. Crimperman asks if Twitter is now a place where humour should be avoided?

BMS World Mission have announced their new website, it looks pretty but could the blogs were updated more often?

And finally… (for the Doctor Who fans out there)… Can a Dalek blend?