'shine your eyes’ is a phrase that I picked up in liberia, west africa. it means to open your eyes and see the Truth. this is my hope for people everywhere, myself included, that we will continually be transformed to see and be the ideals God has set forth as the Kingdom. the book of isaiah says it this way:

'see, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. the mind of the rash will understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.’ isaiah 32:1-4

currently this is taking shape in my life working with bahamas habitat. we are working to provide aviation support to bahamas methodist habitat, a hurricane relief/sub-standard housing repair organization based in the bahamas. know that we would love for you to come spend some time with us as we take part in all the beautiful ways that God is loving His creation.

in the words of mother teresa, “pray for me that i not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.” and i pray that in all that you do, whether coming to the bahamas, serving in haiti or celebrating life in your part of the world that you will simply love and come and see all that God has for us. let this place be a place of celebration and conversation for us to greater understand life with one another.

‘and because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand. and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has in mind for us to be.’ –romans 5:2



the church

'whenever the church of Jesus Christ has sought to advance God's Kingdom through policial, economic, or military power, it has soon become a reflection of the brokenness of a world in rebellion against God and has become infected with the very disease it was meant to cure. whenever the Church has chosen the way of Christ, who laid aside His glory, who used His power of this world, then it have begun again to turn the world upside down, to heal the broken and restore families, communities and nations.

when will we learn? when will we believe that there is really nothing that can finally harm us if our home is in Christ, that no weapon forged against us can prevail if we are walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that it is through sharing in Christ's sufferings that we truely overcome the world?'

-john wood,
pastor of cedar springs presbyterian church,


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