Happy Meal Toys

I was listening to a speaker who had just returned from Guatemala. She was talking about how happy the children were. She talked about how excited the kids were to receive worthless toys from McDonalds and other toss-away trinkets. She said they were so happy with nothing, when we have everything here. It hit me…

Why Do You Help?

A week ago, I was part of a team that drove to Houston to help with the flood relief efforts. Let me begin with recognizing Cypress United Methodist Church in Cypress, TX (northwest Houston), who showed us incredible hospitality. Their pastors, staff, and the church have committed a tremendous amount of resources in hosting teams,…

Being Alone, Alive

Everyone spends part of their lives alone. Even in the midst of the busiest cities, even when surrounded by people, we can be alone. Starting a job where I work out of our home and travel, I’ve been spending more time alone. It’s different. It’s not that I have much to complain about – it’s…

Weary and Burdened

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This morning I received information that friends in Haiti are receiving torrential rains again. A student’s bed and clothes were soaked and roads were difficult to pass.  Dr. William is on his way with a medical team…

My Life in the Basement

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. One of the biggest transitions to my new job is that I’m working from our home. Alone. In the basement. Just me and a big fish. Certainly there are…