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    Dreaming Like Children

    My 4-year-old nephew and I were hanging out at church before service ended.  A friend said, “Aunt Moe would do anything for you, Blake.” I said, “That’s right. Blake – if you want the moon, I’d get it for you.”  Blake says, “What moon?” I said, “The moon in the sky.  Do you think Aunt Moe would get you the moon if you wanted it?” Blake nodded yes.  “But we will have to build a really, really big ladder.  I have wood at my house.” We need to dream like children. Nothing is impossible.

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    Updates

    It has been awhile since I’ve posted. Many have been coming to my site through searches for Margaret Romph. For up-to-date information on Margaret’s progress, please go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/margaretromph. Her family greatly appreciates all prayers and words of encouragement. The first month of 2009 is wrapping up this weekend. It has been a good month with lots of progress and much to do. Most of my time is work/ministry related. We are gearing up for three international mission trips this summer and this month has been informational meetings and nailing down as many details as possible. Trips to Kenya, Lithuania and Dominican Republic will all be in June and I’ll…

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    Margaret Romph

    On Friday evening, one of my youth girls, Erin, was involved in a car accident – along with her grandma and her little sister, Margaret. Erin broke her hand in the wreck and her grandma has some bruising from the seatbelt and I’m sure both are quite sore today from the impact. Along with these physical injuries, they are hurting emotionally. Margaret, who is just 5 years old, is in very critical condition. She was life-flighted from the wreck and suffered brain trauma, a broken neck, two broken femurs, and serious lung issues. Friday night and today have been very long days and they did not give the family much…

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    Interesting Mail Day

    There were four items in my mailbox today: 1.  Letter from my sponsored child in Kenya. 2.  Letter from my sponsored child in Rwanda. 3.  Packet from the America World Adoption organization. 4.  The water bill.  (not so exciting but small so that is good.) Just interesting to have such diversity in my mailbox related to children around the world.  A great way to start off 2009!  I’ve sponsored a boy in Rwanda for a few years now.  His name is Sylvain and he is a handsome young man.  I haven’t had a lot of personal communication with him but as he gets older and he is able to better…

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    A Special Christmas Present

    One of my former youth (graduated last year) made me this special Christmas video.  I love it!!  She put a lot of time into finding pictures (and she was fairly kind) and also my favorite song!!  I love thoughtful gifts like this and the fact that she put so much time into.  Makes a youth minister feel loved!!

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    New Church in the Hood

    I heard tonight about a new church plant in Jefferson City so I checked out the website to see what it was about.  I was hopeful.  Although I’m on staff at another church, there are more than enough people to love and serve in this community and a lot of different styles and communities are needed to honor the diversity that exists among believers and unChristians. I’m  not a believer in mega-churches so I’m grateful for other churches and faith communities. However, I do have a desire to have more faith communities that, in my opinion, represent God with humility, mystery, and grace and that create a faith community that is about grace and dignity for all…

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    Sunday in Review

    After church, I drove a friend to the airport in St. Louis. On my way back, I headed to Columbia for an evening with my Peer Learning Group. They are an amazing group of friends and it has been a highlight of 2008 to connect with them. We came together as a group early in 2008 with a shared interest in church planting and the emergent church. We get together to have fun, to encourage one another, to not feel alone in our dreams and our frustrations, to read and discuss relevant books, and to seek God’s guidance. It was a blessing tonight to gather for supper and also to…

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    Thanks to ModWare

    My nephew is a big fan of fire trucks and wants one for Christmas so I found one through Amazon.com and decided to purchase it.  It was $40 and it was sold by ModWare. I had an email from ModWare this morning stating that they were out of stock on that particular item but that they would upgrade to a larger fire truck valued at $70 – at no extra charge to me saying, At this time of year we do not like to disappoint our customers or their kids. Thank you, ModWare, for excellent customer service!  This is very rare these days.

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    Amazing $10 Christmas Gift

    Needing something that doesn’t cost a lot of money yet gives a lot in return? Give a $10 net in honor of someone and save a child from the life-stealing disease – Malaria.   Its that simple.  Click on the picture below and for just $10 you can send a treated net to a child in a malaria-infested area. Net.  10 bucks. Saving a life.  Priceless.  

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    Book Club Wrap-Up

    Tonight was the last meeting of my book club for 2008.  We didn’t read a book for tonight’s meeting but instead gathered for food, fellowship, and to plan for 2009.  Everyone was to bring two book recommendations for 2009 for the group to read.  We would all get our first choice and then we would put our second choices into a hat and draw books for the remaining months.  There are 8 of us so 4 of us were able to get our second choices in there.  We have an excellent line-up for 2009.  I can’t remember all of the books selected at this time but here are a few…