Short-Term Missions

Ministry and a Mini-Road Trip (Part 1)

Rod’s cousin Marla and her son Kyle came for a visit this past week, and we really didn’t change our schedule a whole lot, although we did visit some pretty parts of Mexico for two days. More on that in the next post. Marla and Kyle brought down 8 simple hearing amplification devices, and so …

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Where Language Divides, Love Speaks (by Kaitlyn Black)

Going to Mexico I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I guess you could say I was a little nervous. I don’t know even the slightest bit of Spanish, and I kind of questioned and doubted myself… wondering how I would make an impact on people and show them Christ’s love, when I couldn’t …

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Hydroponic Projects (and submersible pumps)

I had the unexpected treat of spending the weekend with Gaspar Chablé, a pastor, rancher and friend from Oaxaca. The gospel of Jesus is Gaspar’s passion, and he is constantly looking for ways to help people fight both spiritual and material poverty. His understanding of agriculture as it relates to life in rural Oaxaca is …

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Summer Fruit

This summer has been busy for us. I actually hate using the word “busy” because so often it can be confused with “productive” or even “spiritual.” But activity for activity’s sake is simply activism. Another factor in this “busyness” was short-term team involvement. How effective are short-term teams? Are they worth the time and resources …

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Short-term Missions Preparation

Short-term missions trips require a lot of work, both on the part of the organizing church leadership as well as the receiving missionary. On the U.S. church’s side, there is a lot of paperwork (passports, parental release forms, liability, health insurance, tourist visas) that necessitates timely administration. With every team there are team dynamics. Who …

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“Immeasurably More!”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Sorry about that. I’ve been running around with 36 people from California and one crazy dude from Pennsylvania. Open-air and indoor concerts every day. Handing out wheelchairs and hearing aid devices. It has been intense. And wonderful. Key phrase from the week: “immeasurably more.”  I’ll explain …

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Summer Power Shuffle Begins

Tomorrow our summer of activity officially begins, with the arrival of a group of 20 (plus our son Daniel) from Mt. Calvary Church, Elizabethtown, PA. Here’s a list of some of the activities we’ll be doing together: Hearing aid event Friday afternoon/evening Soccer tournament Saturday morning/afternoon Church and youth group involvement on Sunday All-day rally …

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