• Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections

    A Different Way to Fight Terrorism

    On a day where we remember the victims of 9-11-2001 and the world of terrorism that we live in, I wanted to share this video of US veterans who are using their skills to provide humanitarian care in the most dangerous places in the world. Terrorists use the severe need of these desperate people to gain their allegiance – whether through fear or through brainwashing.  Often, the actions of the US and specific Americans fuel this. If we had more active policies of humanitarian care in these areas of the world (preferably before things get so bad), then it can be one of the most powerful initiatives we take as…

  • Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections

    I Saw What I Saw

    This video speaks so much of what God has been doing in my life the past three years.  Kenya, Uganda, Dominican Republic, South Dakota ……. I saw what I saw and I can’t erase it. “I saw what I saw and I can’t erase it.  Your pain has changed me.  Your courage asks me what I’m afraid of. Your courage asks me what I am made of and what I know of love. I have what I have but I give it up.  What I do I do with deep conviction.” – Sara Groves

  • Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections

    Jesus in India

    I love CNN Heroes.  Every year I enjoy the stories of life-changers around the world. Individuals who are doing amazing things in different countries out of different passions and skills. Their courage, their dedication, their action inspire and challenge me. The other night I was watching CNN and the video below was played about one of the nominated heroes fo 2010, Narayanan Krishnan. I was so touched by this man’s story.  I was touched by his choice to give up a lucrative career as a chef to the privileged in order to prepare meals for the discarded, mostly mentally ill in India.  I was touched by his faithfulness to serve…

  • Church Ministry,  Random Reflections

    Thoughts on Dominican

    I returned Saturday evening after eight days in the Dominican Republic working with Servant’s Heart Ministries. I led a team of six others from our church.  It was an amazing week of ministry, of relationship-building, of warmth! (literally since it is snowy here and sunny there). I love to travel, to immerse myself in other cultures, to meet the large family of God. I find joy in bringing a team along – especially newbies who remind me of the first-time awe and joy of a mission trip. I’m grateful for the physical reminders of what daily life is like for the majority of the world.  Did you know that if…

  • Church Ministry

    We Are Family … Whether You Like It or Not

    Today I was blessed to have the opportunity to preach at FBC-JC. I always enjoy the opportunity to share and the church family is always very gracious.  We are in a sermon series titled “Singing God Songs and Telling God Stories”.  We are basically working through various stories in the Bible and I was assigned the story of Cain of Abel. Here is the link to the sermon if you wish to read it.

  • Church Ministry,  Random Reflections

    Hope for Haiti

    Since Tuesday afternoon, our hearts and thoughts have been held captive by the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti to its core. As stories are told and media is shared, we are seeing the awful reality of the death and destruction that is the reality now for the millions that call the area around Port au Prince home. It is so heartbreaking to imagine what these men, women, and children are going through. It is unfathomable for most US citizens. And it is just one more thing to happen to a country that has endured disaster after disaster and years of abject poverty. Each evening as I head…

  • Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections,  Random Reflections

    Giving Jesus a Ride

    Last Sunday, I gave Jesus a ride.  He was a middle-aged woman with a yellow backpack and a cane walking north on Highway 63. I almost missed him.   After finishing the second service at church, I was running late for a meeting in Ashland, a little town 15 minutes away.  Speeding up the highway, I was on him before I knew it.  I quickly recognized the woman walking with her thumb outstretched as the woman who had visited our church earlier in the day looking for help. She was passing through mid-Missouri on her way from Portland, Oregon, to wherever the road took her.  After one night at our…