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
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
They were looking, hoping, and searching. Though hope was beginning to fade, there were still a few people who were looking for the Messiah. Israel had been waiting years for the Messiah to come, rescue, and free them from the oppression of their oppressors. Many of the Jews were looking for the Messiah to set … Continue reading Hope Misplaced
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
Evil has no point, no purpose other than to steal, kill, and destroy. Evil does not take into account, age, gender, race, country, religion, non-religion, or time. It doesn’t stop, it just keeps coming. But, how long oh Lord must we wait? How Long? Millions of people are still enslaved, forced to work long hours, … Continue reading How Long – A Lament
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
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
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
What’s your favorite pie? Mine is chocolate pie. I typically don’t like pie, but chocolate silk pie I will eat all day. Growing up in a mid-west farming church that loved potlucks there was always pie a the end of the line. What was funny is that people typically didn’t go back to the table … Continue reading There is a hole in the roof!
It was one of the greatest races of my life. I didn’t win, but we won. It was the college conference championship for our cross country team. It had poured rain the day before so the course was a slippery mess and muddy. The gun sounded to start the race and we sprinted towards the … Continue reading More Important than Service?