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.
The New Dawn Vineyard in Bangkok,Thailand secured a location in the middle of Kloney Toey (the largest slum in Bangkok) in 2007. A team lived in the KT area in a smaller facility for the previous 7 years. The renovated 5 story facility, with financial help from the Canadian Vineyards, held a gathering place and kitchen on the first floor and rooms for music classes and English classes on the 2nd... more
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
"Good is God"... This is a statement that is intrinsically true.
However, when that claim is hinged to the view that "God is in control" we are beholden to an irreconcilable theological dance. It is music that does not resolve and then the dance must remain. In that framework we are left only to condemn God or ignore the depths of evil's grip on the everyday world.
When we live in privilege it means... more
Chumpoo (pronounced Chum - poo) lived in Kloney Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok Thailand, when the vineyard team first met her. Over 100,000 squatters live in squalor in Kloney Toey; an area between the freeway and the Chao Phraya, a major river in Bangkok. Together, with her adult daughter, Chumpoo found herself caught up in the lifestyle of addiction. Her daily routine orbited around her drug... 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
They live in Northern India on the outskirts of Dehradun. For centuries, as a people, they found their livelihood in snake charming. You may have seen them featured on the pages of National Geographic. Walking the streets of India I have witnessed their magic. They carry their snakes in baskets and wow their onlookers with their imaginative control over this ever so crafty creature. It is a sight to... more
They live across the hallway of an apartment block from each other. Both women are widows and they are inseparable. Over the last few years we have come to know them. The older of the two was a manager for a trailer park, until she moved into the apartment 3 years ago. I remember the day my friend Robert and I took communion with her and invited her to respond to the love of Jesus for the first time... 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