Community

Why community is important

Why community is important

I received bad news that day. The minute I got it, my thoughts started swirling. Everything seemed like it was in question: my future, my identity, my security. I knew I needed to talk to someone, so I made a phone call, sent a couple of texts, met up with those...
The awakening convergence

The awakening convergence

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Her voice shouts out prayers from the front porch of the church. She calls out, screaming for a place to sleep, for safety, for provision. Praising Jesus followed with moaning and groaning. She calls out for God to fight for her against...
Moving when God speaks

Moving when God speaks

It is so frustrating to speak and have no one move! Typically, my children respond by yelling “we hear you mom” while comfortably sitting carrying on with whatever they were doing. Hearing without action is incomplete. My response to God is usually incomplete when his...
Ten years of “Overflowing” in the community

Ten years of “Overflowing” in the community

Ten years ago, a church of six people was planted in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan, area. Today, Overflow Church is a flourishing, multi-cultural church that has birthed many ministers and ministries. Overflow Church began through a clear calling to “seek...
Kirche or ekklesia?

Kirche or ekklesia?

In his book Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, Andy Stanley reminds us that the original word for church is ekklesia. Ekklesia means a gathering of people united by common identity and purpose. Men and women meeting at the union hall of...
The Tale of a Coffee Cup

The Tale of a Coffee Cup

*Names changed for security. New in Albania and wanting to get to know the people in my neighborhood, my heart leapt when I heard a woman’s voice calling to me, “Pershendetje (Greetings!),” initiating friendship with me, a stranger. Next came the question which I...
Messengers of Grace

Messengers of Grace

We have a neighbor who is the strangest person I’ve ever met. He is intelligent and well-read, but physically very ill which leads to some very odd behaviors. The other neighbors want nothing to do with him. He is an outcast. To add fuel to the fire there were three...
​SWU faculty and students serve area communities

​SWU faculty and students serve area communities

The 2017 Day of Service at Southern Wesleyan University was one for the record books. According to Dr. Justin Carter, associate vice president for student life, the 2017 Day of Service has seen an increase in overall participation. The Day of Service had 331...
What this imperfect church wants you to know

What this imperfect church wants you to know

I recently attended a meeting in Hilliard, Ohio (suburb of Columbus), to represent the “faith community” for a drug awareness program. The meeting was made up of people representing Hilliard police, teachers, community sports leagues, even moms who have...
​No longer abandoning disabled children in Sierra Leone

​No longer abandoning disabled children in Sierra Leone

A young mother watches her little boy play in her home in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The physical therapist assists him and directs his play, while the mom observes and learns exercises she can help him with. Because of the boy’s serious disability,...
ALIVE to honor the Lord

ALIVE to honor the Lord

I just returned from the Wesleyan Women’s Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme verse for ALIVE 2015 was, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by...
Reidsville Covington Wesleyan Church honors first responders

Reidsville Covington Wesleyan Church honors first responders

Covington Wesleyan Church in Reidsville, N.C., held a special service on October 19 to honor the many leaders and first responders of Rockingham County. Over 500 people attended the service to show their love and appreciation for those who perform tasks beyond the...