Archive for the ‘stories’ Category

praying for Haiti
September 17, 2008

Please be in prayer for the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, around the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in the Caribbean, and in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti. The poverty is unbelievable, and the suffering has only been made worse by the recent hurricanes. It is a disaster zone, and what little crops they do produce have been almost destroyed.

Our friends Tony and Mary Dekoter have been living and working in Haiti, and we had an opportunity to visit with them (Sep 07) and be impacted in a God-way while there. You can see and read about some of the devastation at their personal blog Hope for Haiti… one child at a time, as well as about their work there. You will probably know Tony as the one who almost daily leaves his comments on the Bible readings each day.

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meeting people… in Ajax
September 17, 2008

Yesterday I attended the Ajax Business Network for a seminar called “From Obstacles to Opportunities”. Although the topic and speaker interested me, I wanted to connect with people outside of crossroads. There are so many neat people out there, people outside of our ‘church’ communities. For years I’ve felt locked into ‘church’, so busy with programs and meetings and pastoral duties that I had no time to meet these neat people. Now I want to change that. I was not disappointed! (more…)

a little less lost…
September 7, 2008

“Your nature is a hard thing to change; it takes time…. I have heard of people who have life-changing, miraculous turnarounds, people set free from addiction after a single prayer, relationships saved where both parties “let go, and let God.” But it was not like that for me. For all that “I was lost, I am found,” it is probably more accurate to say, “I was really lost. I’m a little less so at the moment.” And then a little less and a little less again. That to me is the spiritual life. The slow reworking and rebooting the computer at regular intervals, reading the small print of the service manual. It has slowly rebuilt me in a better image. It has taken years, though, and it is not over yet.”

—Bono, lead singer of U2, [U2 (with Neil McCormick), U2 by U2 (HarperCollins, 2006), p. 7]

an atheist misses Jesus
September 6, 2008

I found this fascinating story of an evangelist turned atheist, and his end-of-life perspective on Jesus.

In the late 1940s, Charles Templeton was a close friend and preaching associate of Billy Graham. He effectively preached the gospel to large crowds in major arenas. However, intellectual doubts began to nag at him. He questioned the truth of Scripture and other core Christian beliefs. He finally abandoned his faith and made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Billy to do the same. He felt sorry for Billy and commented, “He committed intellectual suicide by closing his mind.” Templeton resigned from the ministry and became a novelist and news commentator. He also wrote a critique of the Christian faith, Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith. (more…)

how the Lord convicted me
August 24, 2008

Last Sunday I was sharing about a situation at a Tim Horton’s, where the new girl was not able to do the outside clean up duty because of an injury, and the manager asked for a volunteer from the other employees. No one else volunteered. Finally the manager picked one, and that one was not happy, she went out reluctantly. (more…)

update from Tim
June 30, 2008

Our homestay with pastor fernando went well. me and kelly got to go to the same place the language barrier was kind of hard but me and kelly are taking spanish lessons and slowly learning a little bit it was really nice and cool today and a bit of rain. hey you know how it was supposed to never rain here well out of 8 days we’ve had rain 6 out of 8 days. anyways its 12:30 where you are now and you should probably be sleeping so have a good week and hope to hear from you soon… love you, Tim

SERVE/Encounter begins!
June 29, 2008

You can check out pictures on the Port Perry Serve website. New pictures will be added every day. The theme is “Right the Wrong”. As we consider issues of social justice, and reflect on our own role in righting what is wrong, pray that we do not get overwhelmed by the imensity of the problem.

latest update from Tim
June 28, 2008

hello
thank you very much for your support
the first week has been a little difficult adjusting to the differences around here. we had our orientation week this week and got to know the area we will be working in. we are just getting ready to leave for our homestays this weekend me and kelly will both be staying with pastor Fernando and his family. we met with some local christian indians called the tarahumara and went to one of there worship services. during this week we have found many interesting creatures in our house. there was a black widow spider by the bathroom. 3 scorpions 1 on the couch one on the ground and 1 in the bathroom and we also found a turanchilla on the couch. internet access is a little sketchy down here so i will try to keep you updated as much as possible but no gauruntee’s
thanks
Tim

pics of Tim on facebook
June 26, 2008

Tim has been posting some pictures on his facebook page, but you do need to sign up with Facebook to see them. We are still waiting for an email update, but we did get this personal email:

“We are slowly getting the internet figured out but we are definatly having our problems we have been working on the internet since 2 and it is now 6 and it is just working. we are slowly getting used to the time change but me and kelly are still extremely tired. (more…)

fair trade
June 6, 2008

I met today with Nancy, an advocate for fair trade in the Sunderland, ON area. Our meeting was for me to connect this work with our SERVE and Encounter week (Jun 30-Jul 4), with the theme “Right The Wrong”. We sat outside at Katie’s Coffee House in Sunderland, enjoying a beautiful day and very friendly passersby. (more…)