200 Colored Buttons and 4 Cans of Diet Coke

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So, I live on the west side of Michigan – about 30 minutes from Lake Michigan. There’s a school on the other side of the state where an adoptive mom teaches – she has two children from Haiti and I consider her a friend. When I was working for the orphanage, she asked me if […]

Christian Reformed Church Statement on Forced Separation Policy

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“We call on the U.S. administration to immediately end these unjust practices, and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the values of family unity, humane treatment, and refuge for persons being persecuted. We also call on Congress to immediately act to reform our immigration system so that there are more, not fewer, opportunities for legal […]

Comfort Zone? Uh, yeah, I didn’t pack that…..

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In June of 2003, my wife and I got on a plane in Miami bound for Port Au Prince, Haiti. We forgot to pack our comfort zone. Left that back in Michigan. Our intention at that point was to spend a week volunteering at an orphanage and eventually adopt from them. I had never been […]

I Wish…..

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That Today was just a “normal” Sunday. I wish that we didn’t “have” to have a day to say thank you to the Dads who show up every day. I wish that showing up was considered the norm and not an exception. I wish that today wasn’t so hard for those whose Dads didn’t show […]

The Devil Isn’t Happy Tonight……

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See, there’s this “kid” (yeah, I’m old enough to call someone in their 20’s a kid). He’s a preacher’s kid and a preacher’s grandkid. He’s grown up “in the church” but his preacher dad wasn’t a stereotypical preacher. He planted a church – out west in this state called California. This kid grew up with […]