Category Archives: StandingBeside


John Eldredge, in his little book, Dare to Desire, says, “God has rigged the world so that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives…All attempts to find a safer life, to live by the expectations of others, just kills the soul in the end.  That’s not how we find… Continue Reading


“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.         Leviticus Chapter 19 Verse 32 … As a young woman and mother I had the wonderful blessing of being mentored by many older women in our church.  I was about 25… Continue Reading


Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Last weekend Dan and I took a road trip to Oswego, Illinois to visit with Art and Dorothy and discuss GECHAAN and make plans for our futures.  We had a wonderful time dreaming and talking about the… Continue Reading

Genuine Love

Mark 10:21-26 tells us “Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him.  “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him.  “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  At this the man’s face fell,… Continue Reading

The Invitation Part 7

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. At the Hospital of the Immaculate Conception in Makurdi we met Dr. Steve and the woman who was, I believe, the chaplain. … Continue Reading

The Invitation Part 6

Matthew 9 tells us in verse  35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is… Continue Reading

The Invitation Part 5

2 Timothy 3: 14 & 15 tells us, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed… Continue Reading

The Invitation Part 4

John 6:12 tells us “Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.  Todays blog is something that only God could use and not waste. I would like to focus on one of the desert experiences of our life that God has used to make Dan and I a much stronger couple ready… Continue Reading

The Invitation Part 3

James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. These verses are the verses that call us to GECHAAN.  For Dan and I to feel called to the Nigerian people in this way and… Continue Reading

Converge Biannual Conference.

This is going to be an eventful week. Edinbrook has Vacation Bible School this week so Tina has been very busy getting ready for that, plus we just wrapped up our first in a series of “Garage Sales.”  This time Tina had out a lot of Scrap-booking supplies and between Friday and Saturday we made just under… Continue Reading