A real community response has to be co-transformative

Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others.  To be changed by our interactions with others.  And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative

Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Leena laughs at you when you ask her what her plans are (for the day, for the week, for ServeTrust).  In one of my many question-peppering conversations while on the bus in India, I asked her....how does she plan for what's next.  And, she laughed at me.  For Leena, it's not about planning.  It's about … Continue reading Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

I spent more than a decade working in international development. In those years, I learned how to help in the developing country context.... and, what can be destructive. Essentially.... in order to do things that improve someone's life, you do it alongside them... teaching and mentoring in a way that provides sustainable change. Going into … Continue reading Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

Train up and empower others to be His disciples alongside you. We all have our own unique gifts. Let’s use them to glorify Him, together.

When I lived in DC, I had the opportunity to learn about myself and grow....A LOT.  Honestly speaking, I didn't have a choice.  Part of it is just what happens in DC....and/or being away from home. But a whole lot of it was God and the opportunities He put in front of me. (Even living … Continue reading Train up and empower others to be His disciples alongside you. We all have our own unique gifts. Let’s use them to glorify Him, together.

Trust. It’s fundamental to sharing the gospel.

God has a funny way of teaching us what He wants us to know and understand. With me, He has really wanted me to understand the role of trust, connection and relationships in sharing the gospel and who He is with people who do and don't know Him. And, in the creative way He [always] … Continue reading Trust. It’s fundamental to sharing the gospel.

Act on the nagging of the Spirit. You will change someone’s life. And it could be your own.

When I was 22, the future that I had envisioned for myself came tumbling down around me. I was standing in the backyard of my grandparents' house, on a beautiful fall day. The sun was shining and the sky was an amazing Carolina blue. As I hung up the phone, ending an engagement with the … Continue reading Act on the nagging of the Spirit. You will change someone’s life. And it could be your own.

God provides. Spiritually, emotionally and physically. And sometimes he does all three using bananas.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S.  Just spelling out the word makes my mind go to Gwen Stefani's song Hollaback Girl. I have no idea why.  It's not even the best....or cleanest...song.  It must be my obsession with bananas.  Which is a real thing. I have at least a banana a day.  I love them. I freeze them. I put … Continue reading God provides. Spiritually, emotionally and physically. And sometimes he does all three using bananas.