Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

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Gamers make the best missionaries

Monday, June 27th, 2011

by David Armstrong

You’re not serious!

Yes, actually I am. For you see, strategy game players develop several skills that are very valuable in missions.

Gamers understand the value of strategies. Whether they use general principles or well defined specifics, they have developed ways to bring success and ways to evaluate their effectiveness. In ministry and missions — as well as life in general, one must plan ahead and set up situations conducive to growth and success. Interact with others, seek advice from Godly men and set your course. Remember, “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Prov 15:22).

Gamers have learned to flex in their strategies, to adjust to unexpected circumstances. They have learned to nimbly modify or shift their strategies when Plan A doesn’t work. As a result, gamers innovate, try new approaches and experiment with novel combinations. They know that when one rolls dice, the number seven should be the most frequent number with 6 and 8 right behind it. However, from experience they have learned that in any given game, that may not happen for much of the game!

No matter how much one calculates and plans, often the expected resources will actually be in short supply, the expected and hoped for patterns won’t materialize. Flexibility is key to maintaining a positive attitude in an unpredictable and changing environment.

Gamers observe what is happening around them and adjust their behavior. They notice what others do, and don’t do, and adjust their actions accordingly. They adjust to the way people trade resources. They adjust to the strength and dominance of other players in their part of the board or in their control of a given resource. They work around the interfering pieces on the board and have learned to take the resources that come their way and make the best of them or find an alternate route to the resources they need. (more…)

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