Thinking Outside The Window

What’s the ‘I’ in ‘ISM, really? June 2, 2017


“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4)

Two weeks ago (18-21 May) I was in Tlaxcala and Puebla in Mexico. Why? Manuel, one of our international students who already knew the LORD but was further discipled and developed as a leader while doing part of his Master’s in Engineering programme at McGill University was getting married!

With the newly-wed couple and their local pastors in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Just to give you an idea how much our relationship means to each other, his wedding was originally scheduled for the weekend of INTERGEN (28-30 May), a conference in California (USA) of Christian foreign student advisors and international student ministry (ISM) workers from across the country which sought to emphasize the intergenerational nature of the family of God and His mission. Manuel had called to give me his wedding date barely 2-3 days after I had confirmed to Paula Parker (President of International Friends Meet and organizer of INTERGEN) that I was going to be in California to speak at INTERGEN! Not wanting to renege on my promise to Paula I expressed my deep regret to Manuel and now he had the difficult task of convincing his bride that they shift the wedding by a week—and they did!

If you read my book, Thinking Outside the Window, you will recall  (pages 162-163) a young Mexican returnee who phoned me one day and said, “HELP DOCTOR, I need more leadership training. I AM LEADING MY BOSS!” This was in 2013. Well, it turns out that not only did Manuel lead this boss (a woman who was the daughter of the owner of this textile manufacturing plant) in terms of work in the marketplace, but actually led this gifted-but-messed-up boss (child out of wedlock, and in our her words, “trapped in a vortex of pain going from abuses, eating disorders, destructive relationships and violence”) to FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!

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What’s the ‘I’ in ‘ISM, really?

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Dr. Yaw Perbi

Dr. Yaw Perbi is a physician, pastor and president of International Student Ministries Canada, with over 100 staff and 500 volunteers from coast to coast in the second widest country on earth. He is the founder and global CEO of The HuD Group with operations in over a dozen countries. As a medical doctor he has practiced medicine in both his home country, Ghana, and as a military captain with the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire. Dr. Perbi’s 15 books include titles like YouthPower!, seXsense and Financial Whizzdom. He’s spoken in 22 countries on five continents and has been the toast of media groups worldwide, including CNN, the National Press Club (Washington DC), VOA, CBC and BBC. Yaw currently resides in Montreal, Canada with his dear wife Anyele and four delightful children: Agyina, Ashede, Adwenepa and Ahotew. He owes all this to Christ Jesus.

What’s the ‘I’ in ‘ISM, really? June 2, 2017