A group of Canadian boys were en route to the game we love in the way thousands of hockey teams travel every year in Canada when the unthinkable occurred. A team bus filled with 29 Junior hockey players (ages 16 - 21), coaches, personal and a bus driver collided with a semi-truck at around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6th, 2018. To date 16 people are dead and one player is paralyzed from the waist... more
Casa de Luz (The House of Light) in the Baja, Mexico started as a vision by the Abbotsford Vineyard in B.C.. Canada caring for children, as mother's went to work for the day... it has now emerged into the development of a whole community with many facets of care, training, support looking to see woman empowered, families equipped and mercy extended.
We often feel like outsiders, looking for home and belonging. The desire for home is a universal longing of the human heart. The heart searches for home; that place of full embrace and acceptance. Yet, home and belonging find their deepest meaning in community with God. God has done the work so we can no longer feel like outsiders, but realize we are in on everything (Ephesians 2: 11 -13). He is... more
A stunning sunset at the ends of the earth; the way of St. James and an unplanned tragedy...despair and hopelessness are not the final destination.
Our family is all a bit of a mess tonight. Oh, it's not because we're rushing off to basketball and the house is a disaster. It's not because there's so much laundry to be done or the PVR didn't record the show we wanted it to. It's not because the muffins for the event aren't made or someone scratched the side of our car in the parking lot.
We could whine about all of those, yes. And sometimes we... more
Maria de la Luz ("Marilu") has been a part of the Casa de Luz family since January 2012. She arrived here in Primo Tapia fleeing from an extremely violent domestic abuse situation in another Mexican state.
Marilu arrived here in Primo Tapia with $100 in her pocket, 2 teenage boys (Luis, 18 and Brayan, 17) and 2 young girls (Samantha, 10 and Karol, 6), to hide in a house that was being lent to her... more
I talked with Nora today...
Nora's an older woman who lives on the streets and pushes a shopping cart that holds all of her earthly possessions...perhaps you've seen her in your town. Her face shows the mileage of street life and pain she's experienced over the years.
It's her pain, really, that brings her to our neighbourhood. Both her mother and father tragically ended their lives a number of years... more
God, in Jesus, moved into our neighborhood. Jesus came and shared His life with us where we lived.
The incarnational life is about living where you live. It is about engaging emotionally with the people around you in your real life, in the place you work, live and play. It is also engaging in the challenges and hopes of a geographical area... called your neighborhood.
Neighborhood is about the power... more
I have been on many mission trips in my life time... maybe too many! But I have never been on a mission's trip of this sort. On one level it felt unlike any mission's trip I had encountered and on another level it felt like I was finally doing real missions for the first time.
Great things come out of place and place can be the catalyst for great things.
The place was our business. A business forged... more