When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

Not too long ago I was encouraged by a leader in my church to share my 'sufferings' with the people I do life with so that they see that [my] faith is attainable. At first, I was irritated that he would think that I would hide my own suffering. [and to be honest, it felt … Continue reading When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

A few years ago I  had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with.  We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country.  I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

I believe in the power of specific, fervent prayers. God wants us to know what we are asking for and why (and when we don't know, or can't articulate, the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf). God answers prayer in His way....not our way.  His answers are often, 'no'...'not yet'...'not that way'....and occasionally, 'yes'. And, … Continue reading God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

About a year and a half ago, I felt the Lord really putting on my heart that he wanted me to learn more about Him. More than what I was learning in my LifeGroup and at church. And, to do so in a more structured way. But I just kind of tossed it off and … Continue reading He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

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.

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.