Living the Smile of God

Living the Smile of God

My God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Ps. 67:1-2 It is this passage Amber and I had as the vision for our family when we got married nearly 15 years ago. I...
Update from South Sudan

Update from South Sudan

  I just recently got back from South Sudan with my great friend and colleague, Stan Fikes. We have been traveling to this beautiful place for over 15 years. We have seen brilliance and devastation, restoration and destruction, peace and war. It has been a mixture of...
Building Up the Ancient Ruins

Building Up the Ancient Ruins

WHY We Build HVG and our indigenous partners, have been called by God to • bring good news to the poor • bind up the brokenhearted • proclaim liberty to the captives God has given us a deep love for each and every one of our partners in East Africa. Because of this...
The Root of War

The Root of War

  Last week we talked about three areas that needed understanding in order to help get a better grasp of what was happening in South Sudan. This week we will chat a bit about the “root of war” as understood through the lens of Jesus. Jesus says the two greatest...
Just Imagine!

Just Imagine!

No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9   Looking back at 2017 this verse has continued to resonate in my mind. At the beginning of every year, we plan, set budgets, and pray that...
The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate Two times Jesus sums up the Law and Prophets. One is when Jesus says that it is loving God and then our neighbor as ourselves. The other is in this passage, where He says we should do to others what we would want them to do to us. This Golden Rule is...
Ask, Seek, and Knock

Ask, Seek, and Knock

Ask, Seek, and Knock To be a disciple is not only to follow, but the type of following is to be a learner. Therefore, Jesus is outlining that true disciples will always ask, seek, and knock. This disposition of a disciple does not end this side of The New Earth...