Loving, Studying and Praying Over Maps


For as long as I can remember, I have loved maps.

I don’t know why. I’m fascinated by them. I’m not talking about street maps (although I’ve got great memories of driving across the country with our AAA TripTik Travel Planner in my hands and reading all the details to my dad of what was ahead.)

I kept a drawer full of maps that I had collected from different places.

In college, my roommate and I painted a map of the world on our dorm room wall. Now we are both engaged in kingdom ministry through disciplemaking movements.

When my wife and I were first married, I bought and framed a large map of the world and posted it on my “office” wall. Later when my office moved to our garage, my map went with me.

When google maps allowed us to zoom in at a street level to see around the world, I was mesmerized.

Maps are wonderful!

So when I saw this post last week of maps – I wanted to share this link with you:
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
My favorite one on this list is…

#30. The World Divided into 7 Regions, each with a Populate of 1 Billion

I think to get a grasp of God’s mission in the world, you have to study maps. You have to pay attention to what’s happening around you. You need to know your neighborhood, your part of the town or city you live in. You need to discover where God is working around you. And I’d encourage you to map it out.

Where are there responsive people in your neighborhood?

Where are there followers of Jesus in your neighborhood?

Where is there spiritual darkness?

When I train disciplemakers in our Multiplication Workshops, we always do an exercise of drawing a map of your community. It’s a great discovery tool. Contact me if you’d like more information about how to do this. Here are a few samples:

Today’s Missional Challenge

Draw a map of your community. Include major highways, streets, businesses, schools, parks, natural boundaries, landmarks and where people connect. Thank God for this area where He has called you to live the mission.

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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