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Good Work

I was yelling at my kids again. It was 2 pm, the beginning of the more difficult half of my day as a stay-at-home mom. Mid-July, ninety degrees, stifling, humid indoor air choking me. I thought of my days as a child in tropical Hong Kong, coming inside from hours playing Four Square and Capture the Flag with my friends, drenched in sweat. My siblings and I would crowd around the tiny air conditioner in the front room of our…

Benzos in Buffalo

It had been an exhausting summer. It started with a surprise pregnancy that was very difficult and eventually ended in a miscarriage at 18 weeks gestation. But in early August I had no idea that the baby I carried would have such a short life. I was simply putting one foot in front of the other, and though I didn’t feel well, I loved the baby and was glad to be pregnant. Our family of six-going-on-seven embarked on our last…

¡Hola de Guatemala!

Hello from Guatemala! The team is doing well and have had a great first couple of days getting settled in at Casa Bernabé. Here’s a little bit about what we’ve learned: The orphanage operates in family units. There are nine “casas” (houses) around the property: 4 for girls, 4 for boys, and 1 baby house. Each casa has a Christian couple serving as house parents, one helper (often one of the teachers), and 10-15 kids (including any biological kids the…

MOVE 2018 – Saturday

Schedule: Drive home Arrive at First Trinity in the evening Prayer Ideas: Safe Travel and transitions back to “real life” Rest and recuperation Courage to act on the ideas of how we can build off this trip and live lives of CONTRAST, making a difference and standing out in the world with a sense of purpose and joy! A Few Pictures from Yesterday:  

MOVE 2018 – Friday

Today’s Theme: LOVE/FEAR Bible Readings: 1 John 4:7-21, 3:16-18 Main Points: Perfect love casts out fear. Love leaves no room for fear. Those who know they are loved by God are fearless. They literally have NOTHING to fear…God loves them and has sent Jesus to prove it. They live lives of fearless love that points others back to the Father.The calling is to love the way Jesus did – by being willing to suffer, to sacrifice that others might be…

MOVE 2018 – Thursday

Today’s Theme: OBEY/REBEL Bible Readings: 1 John 5:1-5, 13-15, 2:1-6 Main Points: Jesus died for rebels. Overcoming our rebellion doesn’t happen by doing better and trying harder – it comes by faith in Jesus. Sometimes the answer itself is really easy. Living it out – not so much. The reality is that if you believe in Jesus, you should obey Him and do what he tells you to do. Overcoming our rebellion doesn’t happen by doing better and trying harder…

MOVE 2018 – Wednesday

Today’s Theme: BELIEVE/DENY Bible Readings: 1 John 2:21-25, 3:19-23 Main Points: Belief is active, not a one-time occurrence. John implores his readers to remain…to keep going, keep believing. All of this hinges on who we believe Jesus to be…He is the one in whom we place our faith and trust. God’s love for us is not affected by the quality of our belief…it really is the other way around. Even as we pursue the light and battle against the darkness,…

MOVE 2018 – Tuesday

Today’s Theme: LIGHT/DARK Bible Readings: 1 John 1:5-10, 2:7-11 Main Points: Life in the dark is miserable. When we live in the dark, we do not have fellowship with others, our relationships are broken, and we do not have fellowship with God either. There is no darkness at all in God. Claiming to be in the light doesn’t make it so…we have to be honest about the darkness we live in and step out of it. Yes, we’ll be exposed…

MOVE 2018 – Monday

Today’s Theme: CONTRAST Bible Readings: 1 John 1:1-4, 2:12-14 Main Points: Jesus is REAL and knowing Him brings JOY! Jesus was/is an actual person. John touched him, listened to him, saw him with his own two eyes. The Jesus that John is telling people about is for everyone – from all walks of life and all stages of faith. faith journey, Jesus is applicable.  No matter where you are in your faith journey, Jesus is for YOU.  Schedule: Rafting and…

MOVE 2018 – Sunday

This Week’s Theme: CONTRAST Each day for the next week here on the blog, you will find a summary of what our teens are doing each day at MOVE.  We will also have the theme and Bible passages of that day, some ideas of what to pray about, and hopefully some pictures from the day before.  Our theme for the entire week is “CONTRAST”. Kingdom Workers are called to stand out, to be different, and make a difference. There is…