Friday, 23 March 2012

"Cast your net on the other side"

Cast your Net on the Other Side 

My painting 'Cast your Net on the other side' is based on one by Daniel Bonnell from a book of his paintings and meditations, called The Road Home: a Journey in Art and Music  (with Garth Hewitt)

I painted my version during the  'Casting the Net' Conference in Lahore. It was run by DAWN Pakistan, The Drug and Aids Workers Network, which I helped to found in the 1990s.    It was wonderful to engage again with people running drug programmes in Pakistan (see the poster designed by Aamir)

DAWN Conference poster
It was  a great conference with about 30 participants and lots happening over just 2 days.  It was particularly good to see projects that had been running for decades, alongside new emerging drug programmes. It a sign of life....

As part of the programme we looked at 4 fishing/boat stories, which are all part of    

1. CALL to DiscipleSHIP   (forming)
Matthew 4:17-22; Mark 1:14-20     

2. COST of DiscipleSHIP   (storming) 
Matthew 8:23-27 Mark 4:35-41   

3. CATCH  from DiscipleSHIP  (norming)   
Luke 5:1-11  

4.   (re) COMMISIONED to DiscipleSHIP   (performing + mourning) 
John 21:1-13   

Study Questions:  these framed the discussions
A. Read and engage with the story. What struck you? (maybe relate to your own experience)
B. What are some discipleship principles that come out in the passage. List (and report back) 

Cast Your Net Again - Daniel Bonnell 

The work in Pakistan is going on.  They too are learning to cast the net on the other side. .... leading to all sorts of new experiments. 
You can hear more from Aamir about some of the surprising results in a CMS Audio-Mission Podcast:  Focus on Pakistan

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