“Don’t Go to Mexico!” – Why Context Matters

Living in Mexico has provided a different perspective on the rhetoric we often hear in the United States in regards to its neighboring country to the south. My family crosses the San Diego/Tijuana border regularly and we also do some work in Tijuana with immigrants, refugees, and deportees at a local church. Many times, what … Continue reading “Don’t Go to Mexico!” – Why Context Matters

When a Legend Dies

As news broke, I didn’t believe it was real. Yet, I continued to scroll Twitter hoping it was all a hoax. But the more I scrolled, the more news came out, the more real it became, and it was confirmed a basketball legend, too young, had died with his daughter. Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant … Continue reading When a Legend Dies

The Power of a Story – Guest Blog Post

Adeoye Famodun is the Manager of Volunteer Corps Programs at international NGO HOPE worldwide. Through Volunteer Corps, he partners with communities across the globe to provide programs that connect volunteers with local communities with the goal of sustainable and respectful service. Born in Nigeria, Adeoye moved with his family to Atlanta Georgia in 1999. Passionate about global … Continue reading The Power of a Story – Guest Blog Post

The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #3 – Motivations

Author’s note: This is part three and final blog of a series, Barriers to Short-term Missions. You can read part 1 - Biases and 2 - Assumptions. I was recently sitting with a ministry leader who hosts short-term mission teams and as we were talking about the challenges of groups he looked at me with … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #3 – Motivations

The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #2 – Assumptions

Author’s note: this is part two in a series called: The Three Biggest Barriers to Short-Term Mission. Last week we discussed the first one - Bias. You can read about that one here. A few weeks ago we took the time to look at the first barrier to reciprocal missions, our biases. We defined bias … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #2 – Assumptions

The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions & Service – #1 Biases

Author note: This is part 1 of a three-part blog on the barriers to missions and service. Subscribe to be sure you get part 2 and 3. Recently we rented a house on the coast for our annual Surf and Serve trip. Eight men traveled from across the country to enjoy surfing, community and serving … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions & Service – #1 Biases