Do you remember the last semester of your senior year? Do you remember your senior pictures, senior prom, last dances, final performances, last games, senior skip day, finals, the last day of school, graduation, and graduation parties? We probably have some great memories of these final days of high school, the final days of our … Continue reading What Covid has stolen from our students and how to fight for it and reclaim it.
Should We Rush Back to “Normal”?
Like many people, we are looking forward to the day when we can get our lives back to normal. The day when we don't have to be stuck in our houses all day, behind a computer, zoom calls, and having to do other things that were not part of our normal, everyday life. But during … Continue reading Should We Rush Back to “Normal”?
It’s Ok to grieve what we are losing
We are losing those special spring moments in our lives. Family Easter gatherings, Spring Break Vacations, proms, Spring sports, plays, dramas, and spring recitals. Graduations are in peril as we move closer to the end of school. We have lost time with friends, relatives, and co-workers on a daily basis (well most co-workers right?). We … Continue reading It’s Ok to grieve what we are losing
More Connected than We Realize
We live in a world where we are closely connected to each other, maybe more so than we realize. Our collective failure or flourishing is dependent on each other doing the right thing. The current Coronavirus brings to light something that has always been true, we constantly live in a web of relationships that each … Continue reading More Connected than We Realize
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
How Long – A Lament
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
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
More Important than Service?
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?