Real Poverty - Anna Edgar’s Story

by Sam Ward

My story begins when I was five and my father left.  My parents were separated for a few years before the divorce, but our financial poverty began when he walked out.  Taking my brother with him, my mother was left with four girls to raise alone.  Although my mother worked…

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by Sam Ward

Most days when my daughter comes home, I ask her, “Was there any drama in school today?”  And most days she says, “No”.  But somedays there is drama.  A few weeks ago, our conversation lasted quite awhile as she told me about four kids who got in trouble…

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Welcome Poole Family!

by Erin Stringer

We are excited to announce the recent hiring of a new Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries.  Kevin Poole comes to us from Fowlerville United Brethren in Michigan.  Pastor Kevin was the Children’s Pastor at Fowlerville for the past five years.  Before accepting the…

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The Gift of Mentoring

by Marilyn Miller

Life can throw us into uncharted waters sometimes. We find ourselves in seasons of life we aren't sure how to navigate. They might be joyful times like becoming a new wife or mother, starting a new career or learning a new hobby. Difficult seasons like receiving a serious diagnosis, the…

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Famous Wise Sayings (Mom Style)

by Christy Cabe

In keeping with with our monthly theme of "Living Realistically In A Pinterest World," Christy Cabe, (ECC church member and blogger at, shares some amendments to famous wise sayings. Here's to "keeping it real!"  ------------------------ I have great and…

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Helping Your Teenager Grieve

by Brian Kramer

I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside many teenagers as they have struggled with their losses. It’s not something that I look forward to at all, or even consider myself particularly good at, but I have learned some things that I’d like to pass on, with the hope of equipping…

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You Follow Me

by Marilyn Miller

Yup. It happened to me just like it has probably happened to you!  I've fallen victim to social media comparison! Many  of us can relate. We follow others on social media and consider their lives based on their posts and then, either consciously or unconsciously, compare it to our…

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What You Don’t Know Changes Everything

by Natalie Trout

She was so perfect. When I was in high school, there was a girl at a rival school who lived the perfect life. She was beautiful, smart, athletic, and she never, ever did anything wrong. Guys loved her innocent charm, but it made me sick. It made me sick for a few reasons. For one, I…

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Making Outreach a Priority by Natalie Trout

by Camilla Sauder

When I moved to Fort Wayne in 2008, I was excited to find an apartment downtown.  I thought downtown living would be fun.  My apartment had a great view of the city, and I was only a few blocks away from The Rescue Mission.  I was pumped about volunteering there and how…

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Worship Attitudes: Eagerly Expectant

by Sam Ward

Have you ever waited expectantly for news from the doctor?  How about an adoption agency?  That's where I am right now, waiting constantly for the phone to ring.  When it does, I jump. "Hello?"  But instead of the doctor or the adoption agency, it's a business…

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