The Lost Mandate is a clarion call to the Church for Christ-followers to man the battle stations to carry out this specific yet neglected commission of Christ as recorded in Luke 14:12-24. This is gut level, non-glamorous social and spiritual justice of the scary and lowly kind. Readers are dared to respond if they are willing to learn of the cost, to count the cost, and to pay the cost by joining Christ in fulfilling The Lost Mandate in reaching the world’s 1 billion people and their families who are affected by disability, the largest under-reached grouping of people in the world.“The Lost Mandate: A Christ Command Revealed” by Dan’l C. Markham with Nick Vujicic and Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada (Father’s Press). E-book and print through Amazon and other outlets.
Dan’l C. Markham has devoted his professional life to planting and growing churches and nonprofit Christian ministries. An ordained Baptist minister, he presently serves with the ministry of Life Without Limbs, evangelist Nick Vujicic, as the Director of Partner Relations. He became fully engaged in disability ministry and the Luke 14:12-24 Mandate serving at Joni and Friends from 2001 to 2010, as Director of U.S. Field Services and then Managing Director of Field Services. Rev. Markham has served as church planter and senior pastor, a nonprofit executive director, Washington State county commissioner, director at an international Christian relief organization. Dan’l and his wife, Colette reside in Moorpark, California. They have seven daughters and six grandchildren. Dan’l loves to laugh, make people laugh, write and ride the open road on his Harley.
- What do you mean by “Lost”? Who lost a mandate from Christ and how or why has it been lost? Where is this mandate found?
- You press home the point that Jesus targeted the poor and people affected by disability and all the marginalized of society. Explain that from a biblical perspective, from the Luke 14:12-24 text and Christ’s ministry.
- Explain the concept of “God’s power being manifest in weakness” and that ministry to the marginalized ends up being a powerful force for worldwide evangelism in a Gospel skeptical world.
- In disability ministry who is really ministering to who?
Psalm 119:27 “Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.”