Friday, April 29, 2011

You, Suitcases, Us and Feminine Training Center Ladies

Class of January 2011 - Feminine Training Center Ladies

Details about all this jazz coming soon!  Stay tuned - this could be fun for many.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sweet is the season of spring

Jason shared this with me this morning and I needed it.  Maybe it will be beneficial to you too, if you feel like it's winter and never Spring.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Painting Haiti

A friend of ours had this great idea to employ Makayla's artistic knack; bringing a bit-o-Haiti for their home from ours.  They wanted a visual reminder for their kids as they pray for Haiti.  Such a fun idea!  So Makayla has her easel up, paints out and all creative juices flowing.  Here's her work so far.  I think she is going to add some more Haitian critters, like pigs or something.  She is doing a good job!


Look What the Mailman Brought

We're ready to officially travel over the ocean!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Newsletter

We experienced some technical difficulties with our latest newsletter.  We're still ironing out kinks - figuring it all out.  Though the content is the same you may notice the layout is a bit different from the one you may have received recently.  Enjoy April's newsletter.



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Monday, April 18, 2011

March Newsletter

Here is our newsletter from last month:


Cornerstone Fellowship


We worshipped with our McCook home church this past weekend. Their worship service is brilliantly familiar. It was good to sing this song with them. This earth is full of pain and sorrow. His saints are a work in progress and to that we say, "Come, Lord Jesus, come!"

On the historical timeline His bride (the church) has the finished work of the cross but is now anxiously waiting for Him to come. We look for Him to move in our everday, bringing the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven and we look for Him to come and completely finish His Redemption. What faith building hope! What motivation to radically follow Him in surrender and obedience!

2 Peter 3:13, 14
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless..."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anthropology

A little anthropology in book form.  These books come highly recommended.  In my opinion they should be read by anybody that's crossing cultures, especially to do with Haiti (or Africa) (or Mexico).  They are so good.  So helpful.  So eye-opening.  Whether you're short-terming it, actively sending, going long-term or just curious.  Great resources.  Buy them!  Read them!

Travesty in Haiti
(Note:  Travesty in Haiti is not a Christian book with a Gospel perspective.  There is some language but it is eye-opening as to the culture and other challenges Haiti knows.  He is a frank communicator.  So read with caution.)

When Helping Hurts

African Friends and Money Matters

The Rockin' RC - Packin' HOPE in Haiti

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We Come To Pray


Verse:
We remember the goodness of the Lord
We recall His mercies ever new
And with thankful hearts, we come to pray
We remember the goodness of the lord
We recall that he is with the poor
And with desperate hearts, we come to pray

Chorus:
We pray for those without a home
We pray for those with nothing
Lift up their heads, give daily bread
And let us be your hands, let us be your hands to them

Verse 2:
We remember the goodness of the lord
We recall that he is with the poor
And with desperate hearts, we come to pray
We pray for those who lost it all
We pray for those in suffering
Lift up their heads, give daily bread

And let us be your hands, let us be your hands to them

Lord, hear our prayer
Lord, have mercy, mercy

Monday, April 11, 2011

Haitian Worldview Link 4 | 5


Understanding the General Worldview of a Haitian


AND

McCook - McCook

On April 17th we'll be with our McCook church family - sharing about missions in Haiti.  If you're in the area we'd love to have you come and visit us!

Worship Service: 10:40 a.m.
Address:  Cornerstone Fellowship
                402 West 5th Street                McCook, NE

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Gospel Everyday

"The answer isn’t to try harder in the Christian life but to comprehend more fully and clearly Christ’s finished work for sinners and then to live in more vital awareness of that grace day by day. The main problem in the Christian life, in other words, is not that we don’t try hard enough to be good. It’s that we haven’t accepted the deep implications of the gospel and applied its powerful reality to all parts of our life."

The Gospel Everyday

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seeing Our Savior

It feels good to travel and it feels good to be home.  Thank you to many of you who regularly hold us up in prayer.

I want to share one thing I'm really enjoying from our previous weekend.  Some new Colorado friends from St. John's Lutheran Church welcomed us to share.   We are not Lutherans and not very familiar with their traditions but we do know the story of Martin Luther.  I know - so helpful. ;)  Anyway, we weren't sure what to expect but happy to cross denominational lines and join them.  We came away so nourished and built up.  It was a great time spent.  The power of God is working in that church as evidenced in the preached Word, worship and growing christians.  

What is still ministering to me though is how they conducted their communion service.  It was refreshingly different than what we're familiar with.  Most remembrance meals are somber, quiet, reflective and sometimes a bit dismal.  Often times they are used for personal repentance as the plate of juice and bread is passed through the crowd row by row.  This is fine and even good - serving as an opportunity to humbly remember and enjoy Christ's victory. 

This Sunday we enjoyed a different approach with leadership at the front passing out the bread and juice as each row was dismissed; filing to the front.  We followed along and once we sat down I observed how beautiful it was to see people (rescued sinners) coming with palms up - eager to savor Jesus.  In my heart I heard His Words, "Come to Me and I will give you rest."  Our physical coming communicated humble dependence.  The joyful music reported the cost of restoration.  There were smiles and even expressions of anticipation as each person waited for their turn to take and remember that it is HIM that we need.  Jesus is my salvation!  There they were - an entire crowd, one by one, coming.   Like in the new testament when crowds would press in on Him.  Psalm 73:26 was painted in live form,  "My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my Portion forever."  
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another."  2 Corinthians 3:18
Elyse Fitzpatrick in her book Counsel From the Cross truthfully shares, "We need to set our eyes on something beyond ourselves or our failures.  We need to glimpse something that is more powerful.  We need to see Jesus Christ and the transforming glory of God."  She goes on to explain how we actually see the transforming glory of God, "Although God could directly inform our minds and hearts, he usually uses ordinary measures (or means) to accomplish this goal and to impart grace or strength to us." 

She's right.  These ordinary measures can seem weak, too simplistic and even feel ancient instead of relevant.  She urges, "Let's try to avoid the Athenian hunger to continually hear "something new" (Acts 17:21) and instead rest in these ancient but powerful measures." 

So what are the Means Of Grace to which is she is referring?  
Here they are: 
1) Preached Word
2) Baptism 
3) Lord's Supper
4) Fellowship with Believers

The Lord is using this book to awaken me to His ancient and yet very relevant transforming means.  Number 3 was a timely and transforming glimpse this weekend.  Thank you St. John's for letting us join you in transforming worship.  Whether you're an old or new believer may you also enjoy His very earthy, ordinary means of grace that minister His transforming glory to our hearts.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Arcade Fire - Haiti

I (Jason) love this!  It shows a positive and joyful side of Haiti. Besides liking Arcade Fire it makes me excited to go back!