Update on “The Parable of the Sower Strikes Again”

I ended my last blog post with these words. We continue to pray for them diligently. And, we resist the temptation to allow the pain of our sadness to keep [...]

The “Parable of the Sower” Strikes Again

In three of the first four books of the New Testament, we find the account of the "Parable of the Sower" or as others identify it, the "Parable of the Soils." [...]

The Sign is Up

Last Sunday we had a "sign-mounting ceremony." Jon and I had help from two of our younger "members." The name on the building is Park Place because we are [...]

Sin lives next door

This billboard appeared in town a week or so ago. The ad says, "Sin lives next door." The billboard gives the name of the establishment ("The Little Saint") [...]

Reclaiming Monday

I could have called this post, "Getting the week off to a good start." This is a re-post of content from Matt Perman. The original blog post can be found [...]

How would you finish this sentence, “Learning is…”?

In the book Cross-Cultural Servanthood, Duane Elmer asks the question, "How would you finish this sentence, 'Learning is...'?" That's a good question. In [...]


"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 [...]