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Adventure, Faith, Life

Visit to a Philippine Jungle Village

As we were flying over the tropical jungle on the island of Mindanao, Philippines,  I carefully watched the missionary pilot.  Flying an airplane in the jungle can be risky business.  At only a moment’s notice weather conditions could seriously threaten the safety of the airplane, the passengers and the cargo.  The pilot concentrated on terrain features, strip conditions and wind patterns as he held the plane steady at an altitude of 5,000  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, Ministry

Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...

Blog, Faith, Family, Life

Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

Blog, Faith, Family

Blessings

I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for this year. At the top of my list is is how God answered many prayers for the safety of my son-in-law, Tim, who spent the last few years serving our country – and 18 of those months were spent in Afghanistan. When we welcomed Tim home back in October, we were thankful he was home for good. So thankful he is back with his family and that God has provided him a good  ...

Blog, Faith, Life

Who is really in control?

“All this energy comes from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the  ...

Blog, Faith, LifeQuest Church

BREAKTHROUGH: History in the Making

It’s been over 10 years ago since I began attending LifeQuest Church. I have witnessed God change hundreds of lives through the power of Jesus! The stories never get old and there are always new ones being lived out. Just a few weeks ago, a young mom walked through the doors of LifeQuest. Feeling hopeless and unable to hold back the tears, her life seemed to be falling apart. I often like to think of our church as an ’emergency  ...

Blog, Faith, LifeQuest Church

Staying the Course

I am a very sound sleeper. I rarely remember any dreams I have during the night, but a few months ago I had one of those dreams that stuck with me. As we walked down a long hallway (much like the corridor from my high school days with lockers on both sides), the leaders from LifeQuest passed by doors labeled ‘Life Change.’ As we glanced into the rooms we saw people whose lives had been changed through the power of Jesus Christ.  ...