In light of recent tragedies, the most common question I’ve received these past few weeks is how do we respond when bad things happen? From the shooting in Las Vegas to multiple hurricanes to earthquakes to the loss of loved ones here in the community of Cave Creek, Arizona, people are hurting, struggling, stressed, and depressed. … More 5 Ways To Respond When Bad Things Happen
Every painting needs a canvas, and it’s on the canvas of our sin that God paints the beautiful picture of the Gospel. When we were at our worst, Christ was at His best. When we first rejected Him, He chose to redeem us. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died … More The Most Beautiful Painting
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