• Church Calendar,  Ethiopia,  Extensions,  Faith,  Mozambique

    Lenten Reflections: Isaiah 58

    “Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”  During this Lenten time of self-examination, we pause to consider our brokenness and great need—our vulnerability and inability to do enough fasting or law-keeping to earn even an ounce of righteousness. One of my first encounters with…

  • Ethiopia,  Extensions,  Faith

    Remembering Sarah

    We’ve all experienced pivotal moments in our lives where we come away with the realization we are forever changed. One such event for me was a two week visit to Ethiopia back in 2006. Remembering the people we met and programs visited ignites my heart once more for the daunting mission of addressing physical and spiritual poverties worldwide. The following story was originally written for my church team supporters. As I re-read it today, I remember Sarah. I remember how her absolute trust in God’s loving heart of compassion and provision floored me. I remember how her words fanned the flame of passion already sparked in my heart to pursue…

  • Ethiopia,  Extensions

    Ethiopia Highlights

    I joined a vision team from EVBC to Ethiopia to explore how the church could become involved with a community partnership.It was an incredible trip full of heart break, excitement, beauty and blessing.I saw vulnerability, pain, poverty, children forced to grow up fast, sadness…..joy, unaltered devotion to Christ, excellent development programs and hard working people.It is impossible for me to summarize everything I saw, felt and learned through this experience. Bethlehem Our team gathered into a small shack of a home made of mud to visit a child newly registered into the Food for the Hungry child sponsorship program. Just to be registered means that her local community leaders and…