'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



we remembered remembered the 5th of november(ed?)

yesterday was guy fawkes day.  who knew that the bahamians celebrated this day in good fashion?  the tradition here is to make scarecrow looking creations, called guy fawkeses, that they burn on the night of nov. 5th.  they even have a song!  so the third annual guy fawkes party gained momentum this year.  it was fantastic.  the party included a bonfire, fireworks!, and the movie projected on a wall outside.  not many were able to come but the rain made an appearance..right when we got the fire lit, projector up via a laptop and our seats were taken for the show.  ah well, we went inside and our party did not include disappointment.  so!  always,
Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.  Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent to blow up the King and Parli'ment.  Three-score barrels of powder below to prove old England's overthrow; by God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*) with a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. (Holla*) Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King! And what should we do with him? Burn him!

we got to be involved with the youth on wednesday.  a little bit of miscommunication on the church's schedule but i'm excited to get involved more regularly.  they are on a rotation to have nights devoted to nutrition, games, movies and a 'general' week as they call it.  my hope is for us to get some of the local youth involved when the mission teams come.  another american here has a Bible study for teenage girls every other tuesday and it'll be great to get involved with that too.

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