Lessons from Haiti: Unison

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The room was roughly 30′ x 20′, boasting a bright orange tiled floor with a blue fish pattern imprinted throughout, stilled ceiling fans overhead and 4 rows of small, white, metal cribs with narrow walkways in between.   But nothing in the room compared to the beautiful brown-skinned faces of the babies, outfitted in purple and […]

Lessons from Haiti: Hard, but Holy

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Many people cannot fathom traveling to a 3rd world country, much less ministering to the people there.  To be honest, I couldn’t imagine myself doing it either.  As a “newbie” Christian, I often heard about the plight of the poor in places like Africa and India, and the hardships they faced – AIDS, Slavery, Illness, […]

Lessons from Haiti: “Wi!”

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Our first day in Haiti we went into Cite Soleil, which is considered the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere, to deliver free water to its residents. There are an estimated 300,000 people living there and they have no running water, sewer system or basic infrastructure. Most people who live there make less than $2 […]

I’m Haiti bound. You can be too.

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The malaria pills have been started. The donation suitcases have been packed.  The bug lotion has been purchased.  The passports are ready.  The flights confirmed. The anticipation co-mingles with anxiety, topped off by a healthy dose of prayer. In just 4 days, 17 of us will meet at the airport at 3:45 a.m. to head […]

What do Lenny and Lucy have to do with it?

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I’m in the middle of an online writing course called “The Story Cartel” conducted by Joe Bunting.  Admittedly, summer has me by the shorts and won’t let go, so I’m a bit behind.  Thank goodness it’s online and I can play catch up.  Our first assignment based on the lesson “Your story was meant to […]

Our relationship like God should look nothing like social media.

When we think about our relationship with God, we must ask ourselves, do we communicate with him the way we use social media?

  • Is it like a tweet: where we reach out in short urgent messages?
  • Is it like facebook: where we give him a highlight reel of our “best of” life?
  • Is it like instagram: where we show him perfect pictures of what we think our life should look like?
  • Is it like a snap chat: where it’s now you see me, now you don’t?

Our relationship with God should be more like a good novel: long, intimate, always developing, full of word pictures that are well thought out. It should be an evolution of getting to know him – and him us.  Constant, and filled with all things, joy, struggle and true insight into who we are and what we are working on with Him.

Don’t sell yourself, or God, short. Take time to really be with him, not just give him an abbreviated, glorified version of yourself and your life.

Why I go to Haiti.

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A month from right now I will be in Haiti on a Mission Trip with Healing Haiti.  I’ve been before, but I am eager to go back.  The first time, I fell in love with the people there, while at the same time I was shocked by what I witnessed.  The poverty, the illness, the […]

2 tips you need for thriving in new situations.

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I was filled with fear as I clasped the tray of sliced cheese with my sweaty palms and stepped out of the car into the sea of faces veiled with billowing smoke pouring from charcoal grills. The concrete was hot, the surroundings were foreign and I silently cursed my momentary lack of judgment when I […]

Which Road will you take?

In the 40 days after the Resurrection, Jesus had some work to do.  He did a bit of fishing, quelled the doubts of naysayers, calmed fears in a little upper room where some were hiding, left tall orders about reaching out to all nations.  But I love the simple, long walk he took on a road outside of Jerusalem most of all.

gravel roadHe teaches us how to walk with others along 3 Roads pointing them toward Christ (which is what he was doing with Cleopas and Simon that day).

He walks the Relational Road – by walking alongside, asking questions, listening to their problems, and spending a WHOLE DAY with them (and remember he only had 40.)

He walks the Flexible Road – by taking a detour  7 miles out of the way! He drops what he’s doing, leaves all the action (Jerusalem) and goes a long way in order to be there for them.

He walks the Bold Road – by speaking truth when he needed to and “opening up the scriptures” to them from the Book of Moses through the Prophets and all that was foretold about Him. He doesn’t shy away, just speaks truth in love.

Jesus is #theway and he shows up for 40 days to be sure we know how to point others toward him.

What Road will you take in reaching out to others and showing them the Way?

This is an excerpt of the “Seasonings with Sarah” from Tuesday, May 13 held at North Domingo Baca Community Center in Albuquerque, NM.  For more information on future dates see our Calendar.