ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU

I was back from the one-week mission trip in Biak Island, Papua, Indonesia. Two weeks before I was off to Kenya, to attend LittWorld 2012, World Media Training Conference, Brackenhurst. I opened an email from Media Associates International (MAI), reminded me to send my itinerary by 15th October, to ensure my airport transportation to the conference centre.

I asked the Lord to give me His wisdom, and He always brought me back to what I had taught others about faith, in the seminars for parents and teachers in Biak…

Seminar for school teachers and parents at Bosnik-East Biak

“Which one of these three parts of this verse that you love the most?” I looked at the audience, “But seek first His kingdom… and His righteousness,… and all these things will be added to you.”  They looked back at me and with their big smiles, they replied, “The third one.”

“Good, you are honest!” I said, and they laughed.

“But, who is going to add all these things to you?”

“The Lord,” they replied.

“Correct! It is His part. And which one is yours?”

“The part one and two.” I saw their big smiles again.

“Great! So, our part is knowing Him and His word better and closer each day, and… He will do His part: He will add all these things to you.

Through the whole process since the moment I knew that going to LittWorld 2012 is in His plans for my life, the Lord has been working out in me the kind of faith He wanted me to have. He doesn’t allow me to have even the slightest worried or fret. The more I know Him, the more I love Him, the more He wants me to experience His promise, His Word.

Receiving MAI Awards for "May I come in please" from John Maust, the President of MAI

His sweet promises, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” “And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Not just so promising and sweet. He wants me to experience that it is true, and He truly meant it!

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Have a peaceful New Year!

– eva kristiaman

PUBLISHING IS LIKE A FOUR-LEGGED TABLE

He made a sketch of a four-legged table on the white board and asked us, “What are the names of these four legs?” We, the participants in this 3-part financial management workshop at LittWorld 2012, started to answer Tony Wales, global publishing consultant.

“Marketing.”
“Yes, that’s correct.” Tony wrote it on the board.

“Editor.”
“Yes, Editorial, what else?” He wrote the name of another leg.

“Distribution.”
“Yes, and what else?” He named the third leg.

“But, what is the difference between marketing and distribution?” Someone asked him.

“Marketing is sales. And distribution is how the books go to the readers. And the fourth is…”

“Money.”

“Yes, financial,” wrote Tony, “And what would happen if one of these legs is shorter than the others?” We nodded, looked at the picture, the message was so clear for us.

“How is the financial health of our publishing?” asked Tony. “Just as when we go to the doctor, so there are various checks we can make to assess our financial health. It just needs to be planned into our lives. Jesus commands us to plan, in Luke 14:28-33.”

We read that passage:

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?  Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.  They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

“Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.  So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.” (NLT)

“We are called to serve the Lord.” Tony said. “Jesus combines the challenge of discipleship with commonsense planning whether a building or a war. There are clear comparison between our call as his disciples to be publishers of the good news and planning to build and to take the battle to the enemy. In every sense we need to plan and to go into action with deliberate care.”

And he continued, “This is why we need to understand how to plan and understand our finances. The same principles apply for us personally as well as the organisation we work with. Or are we careless about our personal finances?”

The class was so quiet as we pondered what he said.

Yes, do we know the cost of doing the job, and do we have a plan for it?

– eva kristiaman, LittWorld 2012,

A Beginner’s Guide to Financial Planning and Management in Publishing (part 1)

Edited by Dawn Herzog Jewell and published on LittWorld Online

Photo (top) courtesy of Eric Gitonga