Wow. Amazing. Incredible. Best-Ever. These are the words I heard from parents, students, and leaders who were describing our most recent LAUNCH retreat! I want to give thanks to all who served this past weekend to make our kickoff a huge success. We want our students to go into the school year connected with friends … More 4 Ways to Propel Your Parenting
We did it! We have given our all, through sleep deprived eyes, sore feet, and hearts full from the incredible love and generosity of our hosts. Those we stayed with have been some of the most generous and giving people. Tonight to celebrate our last day, we celebrated Josh Stepp’s birthday in style. The whole … More The Finish Line
We were reminded today of how graceful and merciful the God we serve is. We were able to visit both one of the poorest parts of the city, as well as a group of homeless men and women. Whether for the first time, or 16th time, it is an eye-opening experience to see a family … More “Wow”
We took a new step in leadership today as all the staff of the orphanage left us in charge while they went through several training sessions. While they were learning to save lives, we were just hoping to not lose any kids! The team worked relentlessly as we cooked for the kids, painted their office … More Jefes Nuevos!
Today we celebrated the birthday of a very precious member of our group, Kay Ekstrom! We were reminded through her words that life is so good and precious. We also heard first hand accounts of some of the blessing and tragedies that a young family experienced. Through the highs and lows, the message that God … More Life is Beautiful!
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” -Mark 8:35 We started today with a verse that we sometimes gloss over and forget the meaning of. This verse prepares us by asking if our leader, Christ, experienced suffering and pain to the point of death … More Picking Up Our Cross Daily
Wow! We kicked off our first full day with some incredible firsts for a few people! After giving our best efforts to beat some of the local guys from the foundation in soccer, we ran a church service in which most of our students either led worship, gave their testimony, or presented the message, many … More The Church at Work
Ignite Mexico Trip 2017 has begun! By the grace of God, we had no problems getting here, more importantly, the coffee we brought was not confiscated so Mary Burnidge can rest at ease tonight. We are excited to start tomorrow with a bang as we lead a local church service, ministering to those in the … More Day One Ignite Mexico 2017
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘creed’? Do you think of Rocky Balboa’s outgoing boxing rival, Apollo Creed? Do you think of the Dutch Bros Creed found on the inside of their coffee shop? Do you think of the 90’s rock band? A creed can be defined as “a system, codification, or … More The Ignite Creed
Is it me, or does our culture seem to be growing in divisiveness? Whether in the news or on social media, we are seeing a rise in expressions of disagreements politically, socially, religiously, and personally. Ironically, many of these arguments are flying under the banner of “tolerance.” Maybe I’m mistaken, but isn’t calling someone “judgmental” also a … More 3 Truths About Tolerance