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Update From Howard 11/3

Dear Friends,

Trust you are drawing more closely to Christ as you spend time in God’s word and in prayer!

Here’s what happening at Compass:

Curry anyone?: Our Global Managing Director, Dave Rae, and I are off to India today for 10 days. I am sooooo excited to visit this great country! India is 1/4th the size of the USA with four times as many people. A frequent traveler to India told me many cars have two drivers—one who actually drives and the other who navigates the wild streets!

There are 22 major languages and 1,000 minor ones. It’s estimated that approximately 6 percent of the country follows Christ. In the large cities there is a growing middle class and growing debt. This is the time for use to serve India!

Compass India is a key member of the Compass Global Alliance. It is served by world class leadership. Dave and I will be visiting five large cities: Mumbai, Chennai, Madurai, Kolkatta and Delhi. Please pray for us—that we would return in good health and that the Lord would allow the trip to be exceeding fruitful and pleasing to Him.

Just one more: Our team around the world has made the decision to mentor deeply at least one person a year who the Lord has called to this financial area of ministry. I am so thankful that Christ has brought two men to me this year: Doug Allen and Ken Battles. They are very faithful brothers and have already had a significant impact in the lives of many. We are going to read through the Bible in a year, meditate on one key passage of Scripture every two weeks, read some key books, hang out together and pray for each other daily. They have made the commitment that after our year together, they in turn will mentor one a year for the rest of their lives.

Wanna take the Navigating small group study on-line?: We are sooooo close to launching this! People anywhere at any time will be able to take the Navigating study and see the others in the group even though they may be thousands of miles from each other. Click on “Contacts” if you want to learn more.

Hebrews 6:10: The passage has been a huge encouragement to me recently. “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him by helping his people, and continue to help them.”  Think about that for a moment. The Lord of the universe will not forget the work you do for Him. And when you help His people, you are showing your love for Jesus! Wow!

May each of us help the Lord’s people today.

Love in Christ,

Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.

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Online Small Group Experience

The Online Small Group Experience is Coming Soon!

Over the past few months I have been managing a project that is near and dear to my heart- an Online Small Group Study for the Navigating materials. With the help and expertise of Tim Krauss and Maverick Martin I am pleased to announce that this study will be up and running in the next two weeks! Let me share with you some of the features and the “why’s” of this new online format:

Some Features

The platform for the study is a Learning Management System (LMS) known as Sakai. This system has been used for online classes with schools in the Big Ten. Everything that is currently in the Navigating Your Finances God’s Way Study will now be in an online format; fillable PDF’s for homework & prayer logs, online calculators, electronic spreadsheets for the Let’s Get Practical Section, Money Lounge (our new budgeting tool that utilizes mint.com), instant connection to online resources, connecting to social media and much, much more!

While Sakai will be used for a student’s homework throughout the week, the Big Blue Button (an incredible video tool) will be used to see and host your weekly class. You will be able to see and hear everyone from your small group from your computer. The class will be conducted just as it would if you were live with 12 students in your family room.

While we are currently using just the Navigating Study for this format, we also plan on having all are small group studies available as an online option as well.

The Why’s

The Online Small Group Experience doesn’t replace the original Small Groups that we have, it is an addition. Many people are using the internet for online training and we felt the Online Study would be a key piece of our vision to reach Everyone, Everywhere, in Every Area. The online study will break down a couple of barriers and challenges that we have had in the past:

  • It will allow anyone to now get plugged into a Small Group Study at almost anytime. They will no longer have to wait for the next Compass class in their area.
  •  Have you ever wanted to have a friend or friends be a part of a Small Group Study with you but have been hindered by distance or location? This will no longer be an issue as you can now have people from around the country and world attend your Small Group Study.
  •  It is Global. Not only can you have people from around the world, but the Sakai platform has the ability to do on the fly translation of languages. This will be in the second phase of our project but we are excited about this technology that can essentially break down language barriers!

Although the platform for this online study will be different, the core elements of the study will remain in tact; scripture memorization for each class, daily homework, practical applications, weekly class meeting, loving accountability & encouragement and of course prayer and prayer logs!

I am grateful for the Lord creating this technology and look forward to seeing how He will use it to transform people’s lives!!! We will keep you posted when it is officially available on the compass1.org website!

God Bless, Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.