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Dearborn Free Methodist Church

Missionary Blogs - 6 hours 3 min ago
The Dearborn Free Methodist Church has been one of our long-term partners in ministry. We are always happy to be able to visit this congregation and reconnect with old friends as well as make new...

Have you ever built a bridge in one week? Would you like to?

Missionary Blogs - 7 hours 34 min ago
Allen and Russell build bridges: big ones, little ones, some for vehicles, some only for pedestrians, some with solid concrete decks and others suspended by wire cables. Occasionally, they do a...

John Stott: Christians, Socialism, Capitalism, and a Third Way

Missionary Blogs - 15 hours 53 min ago
“Christians should be careful not to “baptize” any political ideology (whether of the right, the left or the center), as if it contained a monopoly of truth and goodness.”...

In Case You Wondered What Real Rock and Roll Was Like— Part Five

Here’s a nice tribute at the Kennedy Center to Gordon Summoner, a mere jazz bassist in Newcastle until a drummer found him and they launched the Police. And the rest is history……


Missionary Blogs - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 17:57
Teen’s life currently resembles a soap opera.  Most details not appropriate for public viewing before the watershed, but all prayers and wise counsel gratefully accepted.  She and...

Have you ever built a bridge in one week? Would you like to?

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 16:36
Allen and Russell build bridges: big ones, little ones, some for vehicles, some only for pedestrians, some with solid concrete decks and others suspended by wire cables. Occasionally, they do a...

On Inspiration…

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 14:21
– D. S. Dockery, Understanding Evangelicalism Biblically. Plenary Address, Evangelical Theological Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado. November 15, 2001.Filed under: General Tagged:...

OK! My G is back!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:32
We have been singing, too, and yesterday I got my G back! I wasn't sure it was possible at my advanced age, but it's there!

In Case You Wondered What Real Rock and Roll Was—- Part Four

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 03:25
Here’s a nice tribute to Carlos Santana

Creamy corn and bacon soup recipe

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:27
I posted a photo of this on Facebook the other day and Jocelyn asked for the recipe, so here it is. It can be made in a slow cooker or on the stove top, I've done both. 1 small onion, finely...

Carnaval + politics = need for prayer

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:12
The sun shines brightly as the birds sing in the trees, otherwise campus remains quieter than normal for a Friday morning, and very quiet compared to lots of yelling down at school...

Spur One Another On

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:44
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more...

To Give Him a Smile…

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:21
Just before the sun set in the sky, I walked down to check on a friend who had a fever.  She was sitting where I usually find her, just down from her house at the waiting area of a...


Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:19
Tough today to haul myself out of bed, but once you're vertical and moving horizontally, counting 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 2 2 3 4 5 6 ... well it's great.

Soup Kitchen

Adventures with God - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:24

Recently we were at a Hillsong leaders lunch and were enjoying listening to a guy called Perry Noble (we had no clue as to who he was but he was very good. Read more about him here). He posed the question: "If your church closed its doors tomorrow would it be missed by the community?".  This got me to wondering whether or not The Gathering would be missed after just about a year in Firgrove.

Hand on heart I believe that we would be missed. We'd be missed for a few reasons but one of the main reasons is our weekly soup kitchen.

Friends on Facebook are probably sick of me posting about this but I love serving the community through the soup kitchen and it has become my happy place as I spend quite a bit of the day preparing for it.

Most local soup kitchens close down over the summer months. I'm not sure why they do so, it's not as if those in need have suddenly discovered a magic porridge pot or suddenly come into money. In my experience poverty is a year round thing not just seasonal.  So we've carried on through the summer, having taken a short break over Christmas, and the feedback from those who come is that they are very grateful that we've continued.

We tend to serve three groups of people: local kids, a few commuter stragglers off the train and local poor guys. This latter group are some of the politest, most respectful people I've ever met and they in particular are very grateful for our soup kitchen. Firstly, they're grateful that in winter they no longer need to trek into Somerset West for soup, and they're also grateful that we've not stopped the kitchen over summer.

So in answer to Perry's question, yes The Gathering would be missed, and even if we were missed just because of the soup kitchen that would be fine. However, I know that the community value The Gathering and like how we've reached out to some of the most vulnerable and the hurting and for that I'm very grateful that we're having a positive impact on the community.

Enjoying soup in the late afternoon sun

The soup is ready to be served

It warms my heart to see Joel's passion in action as he serves the soup

In Case You Wondered What Real Rock and Roll Was– Part Three

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:12
Billy Joel was one of only 2-3 pianists who had a brilliant career in rock, in an age of guitars and more guitars. This is a nice tribute, which includes a moving rendition by Don Henley of She’s Got a Way.

Single parent hat is on

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:02
Good memories of Christmas with my in-laws in 2014.From today I have my single parent hat on for most of the next two weeks. David's flying to Australia this evening to spend time with his dad...

On evil, and telling stories to children

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 21:17
I was asked to write an article for an on-line magazine dealing with how we protect our children from evil, and the use of story.  If you're interested, just use this link and page through to...


Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:00
December 13thGinny turned 14 today.What a blessing she is to us! God has used her this year to bless several families through babysitting.  The moms all love Ginny to watch their kids because...
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