Category Archives: Blessings

The Dream Daycare Center in Rwanda

I’ll tell this like a weird Christmas story. If it helps, pick your favorite Christmas tune to hum to the lyrics.

One snowy winter’s day in Colorado I hung out with Kevin Miller and Chuck Bowen.

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They gave away a Saddleback Leather briefcase, that, alas, I did not win.

It stoked my lust to own one, which I eventually did.

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I never realized it wasn’t the bag I was intended to meet but the owners of the bag company.

Dave and Suzette Munson were their names.

They’re crazy, but in a really cool way.

I got to know Suzette online because she can’t help but be constantly giving to others and inspired me.

She introduced me to Africa New Life Ministries and a tiny little daycare center half a world away.

Our church decided to give our entire December offering to them.

And here they are…fa la la la…

Click on the links above to meet everyone. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

PS…with two Sundays still left, we’ve already met our goal and are really excited about giving even more than we planned.

It’s Operation Christmas Child Time Again

I’m listening to a great teleconference right now from airbnb and one of the hosts just said something that resonated with me. For him, it works for hospitality, but I think it also translates perfectly to what we should be doing at church…

 “You all can get together and help each other be amazing.”

With that said, let me take a minute and talk about how our folks are being pretty amazing.

We just finished the second shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child. We collected toys and goodies all year long and were able to fill 24 shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, and candy for kids all over the world.

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In addition to the shoebox packing party, we also heard from Chaplain John Edwards and Vanessa Nelson from HospiceCare about unique opportunities for us to serve the hospice community. There’s a really neat summer camp for kids coming up that I’ll give you more information on soon.

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The last amazing thing I’d like to tell you about is an opportunity that came to me this week involving comic books. I rec’d the following e-mail early in the week.

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I made some calls to verify that it was true and actually spoke to a nurse at the facility mentioned. She apparently gets a lot of calls from comic book stores that Larry e-mails, but few comics get sent his way. I pulled some comics from my collection and mailed them out to Larry this week.

The lesson in this that you need to be open to opportunities that God places in your path. Follow those paths and be amazing!

 

Visiting the Source of Our Coffee

We recently took the family on a much needed vacation up to Chattanooga TN. Since we live at the beach, people always ask why we leave for vacation. Two good reasons- to get away from the beach and to get away from the tourists. We took a slight detour on the way home to run by the Land of a Thousand Hills coffee shop in Roswell GA, just north of Atlanta. We’ve been buying LoTH coffee for years, and The Pilgrimage has been donating to an orphanage the coffee company supports.

We had a great time getting off the road and relaxing for a bit. I’ll stop now though and let the pictures speak for themselves. One thing though, when we pulled into the parking lot my 6yo asked me where all the 1000 hills are?

You can check out LoTH HERE.

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