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Are You a “Leaker” Or a “Gusher?”

My daughter-in-law, Brittney is from California.  She pronounces apricot as "āprəkät."  I pronounce it as "aprəkät"  Who is right?  We both are!  There is no right way.  No matter how you pronounce it, they are delicious.  The same can be said for the way we process and deal with grief and pain.  Some people store it and stuff it; others express it and share it.  Some people allow their tears to flow freely; others hold them until they can no longer be contained.  Who is right?  The following is ...
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Alajuelita: Costa Rica

As you are sipping your coffee reading this blog Brenda and I are in Alajuelita, Costa Rica with our wonderful church, Turning Point Church on a short term mission trip.  We are joining with a local church, Iglesia, Cristiana Alajuelita, to help build a home for a wonderful family.  Karolina and her four children live in a rundown shack that has no floor.  We will pour cement, build walls, run wires and lights to show her the extravagant love of God. Many of my friends have asked me why we ...
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Transitions

Today I am believing in the phrase, "Shorter is Better!" Tomorrow we are returning to Florida so we can pack up and fly to Costa Rica with our church on a short term missions trip.  Seven days later we return to Florida to supervise a construction project, then fly to Door County, Wisconsin for our nieces wedding.  During this time we will be unloading some belongings from our home in New York, shipping two cars to Wisconsin, and saying good-bye to our family and friends for the next few months. Transitions ...
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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

w How do you calculate the value of a volunteer?  According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, last year about 63 million Americans gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth $193 billion dollars.  That's a lot of money and time! Eight billion ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others.  They are not paid or coerced.  Their motivation is to simply share their time, talents, and treasures for the benefit of someone or something else. This past Sunday we celebrated our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation party at the beautiful ...
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Kate Houck: One Year as Executive Director

Last week I was talking on the phone with a potential board member for David's Refuge who would bring great value to our organization.  During our conversation I shared how blessed we are to have Kate Houck as our Executive Director.  Without prompting, this person said, "In all my years of working with nonprofits in the Syracuse area there have been two Executive Directors who I have greatly respected.  The first is Clarence Jordan from the Rescue Mission and the second is Kate Houck!" Once again I say, "How blessed we are ...
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