As I write from Little Rock, the temperatures are soaring and the humidity is stifling. We tend to slow down and complain a little more than usual. This past week, I was surprised and delighted to meet with Suzanne Bonaminio. Suzanne was over-the-top exuberant about her discovery that morning. Suzanne is going with our summer mission team this week to Kenya. She is a devoted teacher and knows the value of educational tools in the classroom. She also knows that the teachers in the
Graduation is a time where we celebrate and commend senior students for their academic, athletic and artistic achievements. At this time, I want to applaud the nineteen faithful seniors that I have seen answer God’s call to “visit the widow and orphan in distress” (James 1:27). Jacob Antonelli, Graham Cate, Ann Claire Cook, Nathan Dodds, Grace Fegtly, Gunnar Green, Isaiah Harper, Kate McDonald, Sarah McMorran, Claire Newton, Ryan O Donnell, Kate Otwell, Cameron Riser, Leah
Take a moment to hear this powerful testimony from Amy Daniel after her trip to Kenya. Listen closely, you'll hear how her life was impacted in surprising ways.
Proverbs 31:20 speaks of the virtuous woman. "She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy" This Mother's Day we want to celebrate the 20 + mothers who have traveled with us to stretch far across the world to share their love mother's heart, tender touch and words of encouragement with countless children in Kenya. Happy Mother's Day to the following mothers: Melanie Boutiette, Edith Brown, Hope Bucher, Kimberly Cook, Amy Daniel, Karman Fegtly, Laura Fiser,
Go Near and let your light shine!!! God is clear in his word to go out into the world and go near to others to tell about Him. Jesus is our example. He came down from heaven to dwell among men. He welcomed the children into his arms to bless them. He wants us to go near and share about Him with children everywhere with enthusiastic love and excitement. Enjoy these photos of sharing the gospel through puppets and songs with children in Kenya. I challenge you to enter into the joy of this
David Platt presents the value of short-term missions in his blog copied below. Great read. There are so many abuses when it comes to short-term mission trips, and oftentimes these abuses obscure the tremendous value of short-term missions. The goal of short-term mission is always long-term impact…on a variety of different levels. Long-Term Impact Abroad First, we want to be a part of long-term impact in other contexts in the world. Obviously, we are not going to be able to go into
Help send the Gaydos family of five to “Go Near” in Kenya this summer. Amy serves our community and our partners in Kenya as the Go Near Ministry board chairman. She and her husband, Mark will be leading this summer’s team along with their four younger children. You can help financially: Drop by during their garage sale this Saturday, April 23 7 am – 1 pm at 9 Picayune Court LR (St. Charles) to make a tax-deductible donation or send a check to the Go Near Ministry address at 17200 Chenal
These are exciting days for us as Go near launches our new website to better communicate our vision and invite you to be a part. We are driven by the call of God in James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” Our vision is to see communities transformed by mobilizing people and resources to bring God’s hope to orphans, widows, prisoners and the poor. More succinctly, our mission is Mobilization. Empowerment.
After the kids and I had decided to come to Kenya, we found out that June 23, is International Widow’s Day. We decided we needed to do something special for them. Yesterday, Nikki, Jennifer, Tracy and I (and others on the Go Near Trip) went to a local market and bought pounds and pounds of fresh produce to give to the women in training. We had so much fun imagining how surprised the women would be when they were told they would get to fill their bags (donated by Kathy Hudson) with the produce!
There are no words to begin to describe our experience on Sunday at a Maximum Security Prison but I will try to convey what I can. Unlike the prison we had visited the day before, security here was tight. Once all documents were inspected and permission granted for us to proceed, we made our way through one locked steel door after another until we arrived on the inside. The first thing that hit me was the smell. It was a strong mixture of dirt, sweat, body odor and sewage. As we continued