June 26, 2008

matthew 25

this is a video clint put together, showing the effects of the flood on the matthew 25 ministry hub. again, if you can make a donation, please go here. in addition, i'm continuing to get a trip to cedar rapids organized; right now we have around 20 participants, if you can make a donation of money or supplies, it would be more than welcome.

June 25, 2008

come away with me

for the handful of friends that have stumbled upon this blog - you are invited to join me in Cedar Rapids, IA for a little flood recovery work, July 6-11. right now we have a team of about 17 adults and youth, but can make room for a few more. can't make it, but want to help? we're going to need money and supplies as well and donations are always welcome. contact me for more info.

June 20, 2008

i keep faith

this song has been stuck in my head the past couple days...

June 19, 2008

flood (pt. 2)

i found out today two of my friends from college, courtney and emmy ball, may have lost their home to the flooding in cedar rapids. courtney is the co-director of the Matthew 25 Ministry Hub, which is a project he and his brother clint have started in a pure leap of faith, and as i've said before have already done some amazing things. if you could keep courtney, emmy and their children Anyssa and Aidan in your prayers i know it would be appreciated.

June 18, 2008

is it worthy?

i've gotten better about reading seth godin's blog on are more regular basis (thanks to scott). and thought this one was especially good.

seth offers this thought that i probably should remind myself of every day:
"The object isn’t to be perfect. The goal isn’t to hold back until you’ve created something beyond reproach. I believe the opposite is true. Our birthright is to fail and to fail often, but to fail in search of something bigger than we can imagine. To do anything else is to waste it all."


i've been in northern michigan on vacation and away from tv and radio for the past week, so i'm just getting caught up on the flood situation in iowa. naturally my mind went back to 1993. based on what i've seen this seems to be much more extensive, especially for cedar rapids. for those who have asked, all my family members in iowa are doing fine. several friends from college are now living in the cedar rapids area, and i don't know if/how the flooding has impacted them. (in one video i watched, i did notice that the apac building in cedar rapids, which is where i worked as a dj for kdat, and now also houses krna (another radio station i worked at) was flooded).

amy and i are actually scheduled to take the youth on a mission trip to cedar rapids in july, where we are going to work with the Matthew 25 Ministry Hub. a good friend, clint twedt-ball has been doing some amazing community based ministry there, but i found out today their office is currently under water. my hope is to still go, but my guess is the nature of our work will be significantly different than what we planned 6 months ago. i have some ideas brewing in this regard, but need more info before i say more, though i will offer a plug here - if you want to donate some money to an organization that will actually use it to help people, please go to the Matthew 25 web site and make a contribution.

i know prayers are needed, especially because many of the people most effected by this flooding are those who are the least financially able to handle such a disaster. may God be at work in us and through us, entering into the hearts and lives of those who are impacted by this latest disaster.