Luke 24:13-32
This is Jesus heartburn(I have to credit Dallas Willard for this term!)...31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
Psalm 80:19

To bring back to a state of health, soundness or vigor; or to energize someone.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:9-11

We are kicking off a new campaign called "Restore" to bring hope to the people of Sierra Leone a country filled with children and families who desperately need Jesus and his people to step in and bring hope and restoration to broken lives. Being a part of this restoration is an amazing responsibility and privilege and we would like to give you the opportunity to be a part of what we are doing in Sierra Leone through Restore by giving to the Restore campaign. Primarily, the Restore campaign will support Cari and her needs as In-Country Program Developer. The funds will be used to sponsor her ministry and to develop programs and solutions for those she interacts with.

For every $100 you give to this campaign between today and May 30th, 2010 you will be entered to win a trip to visit Sierra Leone in the next year. Giving is easy! You can give by texting irestore (space) and the amount (irestore 100) to 21738 and you'll recieve a call back requesting your payment information.

By giving this way you can be apart of bringing hope, life and restoration to Sierra Leone!

For more information about The Raining Season go to or to read about Cari's ministry in Sierra Leone visit

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Joy and Sorrow

I am in the midst of my final days as a children's pastor at Crossroads and it is very bitter sweet. I am very conscious of how easy it would be to just dwell completely in one or the other....the sadness of moving in this new direction or the excitement of this amazing opportunity. I'm finding that in the midst it's hard to feel both at one time! Today I've gone from tears of sorrow to tears of joy in the space of moments and it's been good. I appreciate your prayers as I make this crazy transition from one group of precious children to another; from what is known and has become comfortable to what is completely different and a bit crazy!
I am anticipating the way God will move in and through me in Sierra Leone but I am scared silly too! Of snakes and weird food and feeling alone and inadequate. But I know that my life is in God's hands, I put it there a long time ago and I am not taking it back. So when June 4th rolls around and the plane takes off (YICKES!) I will miss what is now...the friends, family, tears, laughter, and lives that intersect with mine everyday but I will take my Jesus with me.
Until next time...