issues of poverty and injustice to the extent
that you feel we should or could be?
dT: World Vision exists because of the
Church. We have a tremendous debt to
the churches that have provided our staff.
It’s also the Church that more and more
teaches that at the very heart of God is
mercy and justice. The church also demonstrates that transformation through the
life of Christ is critical, and it’s the basic
essential of our lives. We have to be prepared in churches to take risks and push
the boundaries. It’s especially critical that
the next generation makes the gospel its
own. I’m excited about that. There are lots
of Christian young people who are definitely determined to make a difference in
FT: World Vision has been particularly
interested in attracting Christians from the
evangelical Church, but also the mainline. How
have you walked that line?
dT: I’m delighted that I’m part of an organization that sees connections with the
whole range of the Christian Church –
and we’ve wanted to be very clear that we
are followers of Jesus and that we care
about the poor. Those are the two guiding
principles that connect us with Christians. There needs to be some Christian
organizations that are determined to relate to all parts of the Church, not just
one part of it. I’m delighted to be part of
an organization that also can relate
powerfully to the broader Canadian
public. We make it clear we are a Christian organization and we are motivated
by our faith in Christ. But we are prepared
to join up with folks whether they are
Christian or not to make this world a
better place for children. We hope that in
a small way we are helping bear witness
to a Christian faith that loves God, follows Jesus, and loves people in whatever
religion or no religion or whatever their
situation may be.
FT: Can you sum up some of your leadership
lessons in a few points for our readers?
d T: I’ve learned to look out for the difference between problems and conditions.
Problems can be solved. Conditions can
only be mitigated. And I think relational intelligence and a smile are some
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