Posts from October 2016

Telling Others

Here we are: the last week of the All-Church Book Study about creating God Space in the lives of those around us. It feels appropriate that it also falls on the weekend we celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, a landmark moment in the history of the Christian church. I believe Luther was “all in” with creating God Space. He noticed that people were in need of the Good News of Jesus, but weren’t able to hear it because…

Wondering with Others

Understanding comes through good questions. By “wondering” with someone, you discover their heart and soul, their passions and joys, and their struggles and fears. Wondering through good questions is really the primary means by which we truly can understand others. I imagine that if you were to reflect on some of the closest relationships in your life you would find this to be true. We don’t always recall the actual questions we asked, but we remember the thoughts and feelings…

Listening to Others

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway Have you ever experienced someone actually listening to you, not just hearing you? We expect people to hear us when we speak, but it’s often jarring to find someone who listens completely. Rather than finishing your sentences, interrupting, or immediately responding, they leave space for pauses and consideration, reflection and honest questions, seeking to understand. It’s a wonderful feeling. The very act of being listened to can reduce…

Updates from Haiti

Click here to find out how to help with Haiti Relief We have been in contact with our partners in Haiti. Here’s an update on what we know right now: Regarding the Children of Israel Orphanage (CIO) in Torbeck: 70 people are staying at the boys’ orphanage. Leonie opened the clinic last Tuesday and 60 people got treated. They also opened it yesterday and will open it today too. They fed 300 people yesterday and they think the number could…

Serving Others

Missions is a big part of who we are at First Trinity. Our youth group has been doing mission trips for over 20 years now. We’ve sent mission teams to Haiti for 13 years, plus trips to China, New Orleans, and New Jersey as needs arise. Serving others through mission trips is part of our DNA here. Serving others opens doors for communication. Every time I’ve participated in a mission trip I’ve seen this happen. One example: when our youth…