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Thoughts on Orphanages

There has been a LOT of debate about the use and support of orphanages, especially American run orphanages, for the care of displaced children.  This has especially become a popular topic in light of the recent tragedy in Haiti and the large number of children without family. Naturally, caring Christians from around the world, not just the United States, have extended their desire to adopt an orphaned child from Haiti. There’s nothing wrong with that response.  But let me stress one point…NOW (February, 2010) is not the time for adoptions to proceed for NEW orphans from the result of the earthquake. There are still far too many holes in the process of trying to identify displaced family members for the parentless children effected.  For now, orphaned children should if possible be kept in Haiti but only if there are proper avenues of care to support them. And that is where […]

Music as a Response

I just discovered a local (Chattanooga, TN) singer/songwriter named Eric Parker who started his own record label called Music for Missions.  The title of the label caught my eye and then when I read their heart behind the label it got me even more excited as I once again discovered a different avenue that someone took to respond to Christ’s call. Here’s a little snippet of what they proclaim on their “About Me” page: Music for Missions is an independent record label that donates 2/3 of all CD and Music Download profits to various mission organizations.  Founded in 2002 by recording artist Eric Parker, Music for Missions produces albums for independent artists who want to use a portion of their CD revenues to support Christian missions across the globe and at home. I love it.  The artists on this label have every right to collect all the profits for their […]

Help a Haiti Pastor

With the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in February, and the continuing aftershocks still occurring (a 4.7 aftershock hit Port au Prince yesterday), there is much to be done to help the people in Haiti. One of the best ways is by partnering with an indigenous church whose pastors have a direct link and relationship with the people in their communities. Below is a link to a video interview conducted by an American photographer who was talking with a Haitian pastor who operates 22 churches and schools and one orphanage in and around Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital. In it he discusses possible opportunities in which the Lord may be calling you to respond to action in His name. http://tinyurl.com/ykqpfl9 If you are actively involved in a local church and would like to partner with a church in Haiti, consider getting in touch with World Orphans. They have a proven […]

Welcome!

There’s an eternal “conversation” going on all around us. It’s between God and you (and me). Often we are the complacent recipients of His Words of Wisdom. In other times we only offer him praise through song on Sunday mornings or shout out desperate pleas for His graceful intervention. But if you dig deeper into His Word, the Lord is asking for us to be way more engaged in His conversation.  He asks that we not be passive listeners, but that we become passionate doers. When we act on His behalf and with His guidance, we join in on His conversation as active participants.  Our action is our response to His call. I am excited that we have started this website (and ministry) to illustrate how those around us (and hopefully my family as well) are responding in faithful obedience to the calling of our Father through His Spirit and […]

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