Guns and the gospel

Today a few of us traveled up to DC to hear a panel of ministers and Christian leaders talk about the current state of affairs in our country in regards to gun violence, and how the church should be involved with it. While people shared their opinions well, and there was some good discussion, a…

Member care

It really doesn’t take a lot to show someone you care, to ask ‘how are you and how can I pray for you?’ One gentleman in our office, who is a part of the member care team, has recently taken it upon himself of his own initiative to be checking on and following up with…

The great cloud of witnesses

In devotions today we looked at Hebrews 12, but really we should not look at 11 and 12 separately because it is one thought flowing from one focus to another. Really we need at least to go back to verse 39 of Hebrews 11: ” These were all commended for their faith, yet none of…

A time for confession

So this is one of the hardest things in the world to do. Especially when it is in front of people you love and care about, people that you are in close relationship with, people who’s opinion of you is really highly valued. It means being vulnerable, it means being willing to face embarrassment, their…

Harpists

Wow! Who would have thought 3rd-5th graders could produce such talented music? Kalaya and I went to Elise Gill’s music performance tonight, and it was quite incredible! It started out with a 3rd and 4th grade recorder performance, moved on to a string ensemble, and then 4 different groups of harpists each playing 3 pieces….

Dinner, and our neighbor!

So like I was saying last week, sharing food, sharing a meal gives people a window into your life that they wouldn’t necessarily otherwise have. We had our language teacher over to dinner tonight and as we were chatting after eating, there was a knock on the door. It’s our neighbor, who we welcomed in….

Language Rules, Rules, Rules! Ughh!

We did some interesting exercises today looking at the grammar of a few different languages, at the rules to which they follow. What’s the order of their morphemes? Subject, tense, object, verb? Subject, verb(including tense), object? Do all of their verbs follow the same pattern? Do they have completely different words depending on their tense,…

Phonetics of consonants

Wow, what a whirlwind of information we experienced yesterday as we started to look at how we make the different consonant sounds in the English language. Literally we looked at which parts of the mouth make the different sounds (phonemes- sounds that differentiate meaning), and how our tongue, lips and teeth all help us to…

Ninasema Swahili kidogo sana.

Last night we had the opportunity to engage with a community of Congolese refugees at a dance party. As part of our language class, Nathan and I decided to learn a little (or in my case try and remember) Kiswahili in order to have some real life practice using a new language with a community…

There’s always something to be thankful for

This evening I met my friend, a young girl I’ve been meeting with for years now. She started off our telling me all the crazy things that has been happening in her life since we last talked, and there’s usually a lot, particularly since we don’t get to see each other all that often these…

Another day with food and fellowship

Fellowship is just so important in the body. We had lunch with our language teacher today, and simply ordered some Mexican and sat together to eat it (though they royally messed up our orders). This evening we spent a relaxing couple of hours with our MC, eating brats, hot dogs, veggie skewers and grilled corn…