Counter Culture

by Erin Stringer

As difficult conversations about homosexuality, abortion, and religious liberty continue to inject themselves into our workplaces, our churches, our schools, and our homes, Christians everywhere are asking the same question: How are we supposed to respond to all this? Beginning October 28th,…

Posted in: General

Relying on Peer Pressure

by Guest Blogger

Peer pressure is real. It is an especially significant force for young people trying to navigate the challenges of adolescence. However it is not something to be feared. In fact, as youth workers we need to press in on the fact that students hold such sway in the decisions their friends make and…

Posted in: General, Missions

Missing God’s Perspective

by Guest Blogger

There is nothing so unique about this testimony, but I believed that God wanted me to share it and helped me write it. I believe it is relatable.  Pastor Denny, a few weeks ago, said that sometimes people just don't take the opportunity to be baptized. And it struck me that I did in…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries, Worship Arts Ministry

“The Heartbeat of Prayer”

by Lori Clounie

Passion.  Just the word itself stirs up emotion.  What does passion mean to you?  Romance?  Love? Conviction?  No matter what your own definition is, I think we can agree, that the word itself conjures up an intense and intentional action.  Drop in a heart for…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

Unable to Sing

by Guest Blogger

Friday night I stood at the kitchen sink, scrubbing dishes, thinking of everyone else out having fun while I was stuck inside the house, and cried. I want to run away. Never come back. I want to go back to the past where things were easy. I want to run to the future where my daughter is healed. I…

Posted in: General, Worship Arts Ministry

Friday Feature: Angela Dean

by Margaret Griffin

Today we're featuring an interview with Angela Dean, who explains her seven year-old daughter's chronic illness and an upcoming event in which we can help the family.  Read on. Tell us about yourself. My husband Matt and I have been married for 14…

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The Girl in the Denim Jumper

by Margaret Griffin

It was Wednesday afternoon, the hottest day of our Nicaraguan trip in November of 2012.  We'd been visiting with children at picnic tables under the pavilion at the El Porvenir school.  As in the nearby village of Amaya, where we led Vacation Bible…

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Support through Supplies

by Erin Stringer

Help us shower the kids of LME with school supplies!  Here is a list of supplies needed by grade.  You can buy all or just some of the supplies listed.  Principal Jenny has asked specifically for small to medium sized backpacks with basic supplies.  Drop off your backpack to…

Posted in: General, Missions

What’s In It for Me?

by Brian Kramer

Capitalism needs consumers. Without someone to purchase manufactured goods our economic system couldn't work. That’s just fine, until we allow Consumer to become our identity. The label chafes God’s people. Because of their high percentage of disposable income, our teenagers are…

Posted in: General, Family Ministries, Youth Ministries

Notes from Nicaragua

by Sam Ward

It's been a week since we left for Nicaragua.  And still, I can see the smiles on the faces of children, the smoking volcano, the tile roofs and the cardboard/plastic shacks that flashed by the bus windows as we drove. As I reflect, I wanted to share my notes from Nicaragua... June 28,…

Posted in: Missions, Worship Arts Ministry