Obrigado

"Obrigado" (the Portuguese word for 'Thank You') hardly seems sufficient to express our gratitude to the team from Lakewood for all of the memories they gave [...]

Remodel Project – First Wall

We had the unexpected pleasure of help from a mission team that was visiting one of our colleagues. Their group donated a day's work at Park Place. Some of the [...]

How to Plant a Lot of Rice

Last week we watched a crop duster make one pass after another over the fields near our apartment. We're told that he was planting rice. In the picture you can [...]

Motivating People

Gratitude v. Guilt   One of the major implications of our mission statement is how we motivate people to do what the God expects and the Bible [...]

Helping More and More People

A couple of years ago we "borrowed" a purpose statement for our church from another church. Our purpose is "Making more and better followers of Jesus Christ." [...]

I miss John!

John was one of those special guys in our church in Panama. He didn’t have a lot, and some would say he didn’t have a lot going for him. But, he offered me [...]

Is it Real?

That your faith and worship of God might be proven to be genuine… Mara and I recently listened to a sermon based on the opening chapters of the book of [...]

FAQ – Are you excited to be going back?

"Are you excited to be going back?" That's the question we're asked most frequently these days. I know I shouldn't read too much into it, nor stress over [...]

What do We Pray For? – part 5

This is one of the biggies - one of my most strategic and frequent requests! Father, please give us eight lay couples who are full of faith and amazed by [...]