Work to Do

I love each part of the Anglican liturgy that we regularly remember and recite, but it’s these lines from the Postcommunion Prayer that convict me week in and week out: And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as...

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Day 5 (Thursday)

Happy Thursday from Rwanda! Today we went to Nkzuzu, which is a new campus than the one the group visited last year. It has been equipped with new classrooms and they are working on a new church building! It was beautiful! There were three classrooms at this school:...

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Day 4 (Wednesday)

Happy Wednesday from Rwanda! This morning we were headed to Gishaka local church. Gishaka is much more rural than Bumbogo Parrish and much further up the mountain. We picked up Pastor Emmanuel on the way as well as Celestine (honored man) and Jean-Paul (the lay...

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Day 3 (Tuesday)

Happy Tuesday from Rwanda! We have just completed our third full day here and full days they have been!  Late Monday night we found out that the Rwandan government had declared a national holiday for Tuesday (Eid, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan) and...

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Day 2 (Monday)

Today was an incredible day in Rwanda! We finally got to meet the children we have been preparing for in the last few months and in the true spirit of working with the unknown, we had about double the amount of children we thought we would have for the first day: just...

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Traveling to Rwanda (Friday, Saturday) and Day 1 (Sunday)

Hello from Rwanda! We made it safe and sound to Rwanda after quite an interesting 30 hours of travel since leaving Thomasville at 9:30 am on Friday. I won't give you all the harrowing details (about running through the airport and leaving behind food we already paid...

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The Blessing in the Liturgy

Recently I’ve had several opportunities to reflect on the liturgy and its importance in my life and relationship with Jesus. I’ve realized that the reason I love it so much is simple and complicated at the same time. The simple answer is peace. Sitting in church on...

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Prayers of the People

I forget to pray. When I’m dashing from one task to the next I tend to rely on my own abilities and strengths to carry me through. When I see something heart-wrenching my first instinct is to either run away and try to ignore it or immediately try to think of a way I,...

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The Importance of Children in the Service

One day, I was sweeping up in the house when my toddler picked up the broom and began walking around the house with it. When I asked what he was doing, he proudly replied, “it’s a cross! This is what “Big Ben” does at church.” He then continued with his processional....

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