Midweek Article

VBS Musings

There was some noted additional activity around the office last week. More people coming and going, changes in the decorations. It was the week before Vacation Bible School at Evermore.

What is VBS and why do we do it?

True Rest

Summer is almost here! This stirs a lot of excitement in the minds of many. Besides the sunny weather and excessive ice cream runs, why do we love summer so much? Is it the increased family time? Beach vacations? Bonfires and s’mores? I am a student who just finished up her first year of college and I love summer because, in my head, it is the equivalent to rest. During the school year there is CONSTANTLY one assignment or another hanging over my head. But during the summer there is complete freedom from that stressor and I feel like I can truly relax.


O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are remindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.  Psalm 8:1, 3-4, 9  

What's on the Inside?

Did you ever have one of those days when your best laid plans fall by the wayside? Yes, me too. Recently, I was laying a laminate tile floor on a cement slab floor in a laundry room. All was going well until...

A Refugee... A Person

There’s been a ton of rhetoric about refugees in the last few months (and years for that matter).  But setting all that aside, I wanted us to think of three (3) simple facts:

A refugee is a person.  They should always be treated as such.
A refugee has been through things we can’t even imagine.  Compassion should be our posture.
A refugee is not an enemy.  And even IF they were, as followers of Christ, our response should be to love them (see Matt. 5:43-48).  At minimum, we should be praying for them. 

Like what your kids like, even if you don't like it.

I want to take this opportunity to encourage parents and grandparents to like what your kids like, even if you don’t like it. Don’t just tolerate it. Don’t just tell them “we support you in that.” But actually force yourself to like it. Get in and learn about it. Participate in it with them, don’t just observe. This will speak volumes of your love for them.

Just Along for the Ride

Christmas morning 2008 we visited the homeless on the streets of Akron. Little did I know at that time that God had a much bigger plan than mine. The things my family and I have seen, the people we have met and the stories we’ve heard, are mind boggling. The journey has been amazing. Had the Lord shown me the big picture, His heart, His plan at the beginning, I am ninety-nine percent positive I would not have taken the first step. My fears would have crippled me. But God, in His faithfulness, has led us each step of the way.

Hope Ministries International Update

Dear Friends at Evermore,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  We hope you have a Happy New Year.

Were has the time gone?  It seems like we just sent out our 2015 end-of-year letter!  Thinking back on the past year, we are reminded of some of the many positive events for the ministry in 2016 and the faithfulness of God to us and to Hope Ministires:

Hello From Thailand

We've been here in Bangkok for about two months now and it has been flying by! We are excited about all that has already happened here. The first month was filled with language classes Monday - Friday from 1-3 in the afternoon. We also spent our time volunteering at a coffee shop business set up to rescue, restore, and empower women involved in the sex trade. They learn life skills like sewing, baking, and learning English. We spent three mornings a week with those 13 women while they had time off from working.