Good Coffee

The coffee we drink at All Souls helps people reclaim their lives. One of my favorite tasks at All Souls is brewing coffee early Sunday mornings. I do this along with a dedicated team who spend at least two hours every Sunday making sure our Catechesis Hour is well caffeinated. Our coffee draws us in […]

Following the Call to Kenya

Rob Lewis tells us why he’s going to Kinyago Dandora Schools in Kenya. “I am not eager to go to Kenya, but I will out of a sense of duty.” This is what I recently told Ginger Palm, president, CEO of the Kenya Children’s Fund and spiritual mother of the Kinyago-Dandora Schools in Nairobi, Kenya. […]

Zao Youth Summer Mission Trip 2019

Returning to a familiar location for a mission trip brings some real perks. This was our third year serving in the Edgewater neighborhood, so there were a number of well worn paths. Most of our students had been on at least one of the two previous trips, so they knew about the building we were […]

What’s the Mission?

Jennifer writes that her trip to Lebanon with Exodus was not a one-and-done excursion. How do we continue the mission? Every not-for-profit organization has a mission statement. For that matter, most for-profit corporations have mission statements as well. Maybe it’s to make the best hamburger the world has known. Maybe the mission is to create […]

The Undoing of Babel

Jennifer ponders Pentecost and the power of language. Language When our children were little and misbehaved, we didn’t talk about punishment. Instead, we talked about consequences. We wanted our children to understand that their choices were theirs: every moment is a fork in the road; they could make good choices, or they could make poor […]

God Knows What I Don’t

Jennifer wonders what God might be doing with what we’ve undone. June 10-11 Beirut => Frankfurt, and then two days and two nights in Frankfurt. Frankfurt => ORD I’ve been thinking about Joseph: Jacob’s Joseph, the favorite son, he of the Coat of Many Colors. After the coat, after the dreams, after the pit, after […]

The Challenges of Church Planting in Moldova

Roy Stiff, a former member of All Souls, posts from Poland, where he is currently the Eastern Europe representative for the Global Church Movements ministry of Cru, which is still known as Campus Crusade for Christ or “New Life” internationally. In June, Roy married Agnieska, a Polish native. Their wedding service, as Roy describes it, […]

Partners in Mission

In her final post from the Bekaa Valley, Jennifer gives tribute to the local organizations caring for refugees, and how we can best partner with them. June 9 “Once there was someone who said such amazing things and did such wonderful things that people began to follow him. As they followed, he told them about […]

A Storm of Thunder and Questions

After spending two days with Syrian Muslim children, Jennifer asks some probing questions.   “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Day 2 of Kids Camp is in the books. One […]

A VERY Different VBS

Jennifer shares some poignant observations from Kid’s Camp on Mt. Lebanon June 7 “Teach your children well . . . .” (Graham Nash) “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) All Souls Vacation Bible School starts next week. In […]