Finding Joy in the Midst of Pain

Finding Joy in the Midst of Pain

The holidays can be such a wonderful and magical time of the year for many people, but for some, it is sometimes a painful reminder of the loved ones they have lost. Though we may feel pain, we can still find joy through the pain. Joy is defined as “a feeling of great pleasure and …

Mobilizing the Church

Mobilizing the Church

I have only been out of the country twice, and both times, I visited Latin American nations. The first time I left the country, I went to Ecuador, and, this summer, I visited the Dominican Republic with Healing Waters International.   This certainly does not make me an expert in Latin America culture or the …

We Saved a Seat for You

We Saved a Seat for You

This summer, I joined a 20s small group with the church I was going to. I had literally lived in Denver for a week, and I knocked on the door of a stranger’s house to meet over 25 people around my age. . .who were also complete strangers. Needless to say, I was absolutely terrified …

Water Walk: Pastor Marietta’s Story

Water Walk: Pastor Marietta’s Story

As the sun barely peaks behind the trees, Pastor Marietta—the community leader of Hoyo Oscuro in the Dominican Republic—wakes up, slips on tattered sandals, grabs a five-gallon bucket, and begins the arduous journey to her local water source. The water comes from a hole in the ground full of murky creek water. She trudges up …