Isaiah 61 Project : Niagara Falls

Today I had an eye-opening, yet encouraging experience as I had a chance to meet with Jim Haid, an awesome guy who’s in the trenches of ministry here in Western New York. He’s heading up a new ministry endeavor called the “Isaiah 61 Project.” The Isaiah 61 Project has set up shop right in the heart of poverty, in the city of Niagara Falls. Their office is literally in the poorest …

We’re having another baby!

Well, it’s “facebook official” – Leslie and I are having another baby! God is truly amazing in the way He works – His timing, His control over all situations, and maybe also His sense of humor 🙂 10 months ago, our 1st child, Jackson, was born. The process for that miracle to begin though was quite a long road. We learned so much through that process, especially that the timing …

Maid Of The Mist experience

I have lived in the Buffalo, NY area all of my life. That also means that I live about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls. The falls, for those of us who live here, is a norm that we often forget about and rarely visit. When someone comes in from out of town, they usually can’t wait to go and see this natural wonder, but as with any home tourist attraction, …

An Ideal Culture

Culture is one of those terms that seems theoretical and uncontrollable at first glance. We see cultural differences between countries; even regions within the same country. In some cultures, things move fast. In others, the world seems more relaxed. Culture helps to dictate what is “normal”; what actions and priorities are considered to be kind of default. If you lead a team of people, hopefully you know that a culture …

How God confirmed where I should be

  I had a great conversation with a friend today who is wrestling with a decision on whether to stay in the area and take a position in ministry, or whether to move out of the area and take a new position in a field he has always dreamed of being in. I’ve had several conversations recently that were of similar nature: people trying to figure out what God’s will is for …

Selling junk to save lives

We have SO MUCH JUNK. Yep, WE – as in you and me. All of us have so much excess. Stuff laying around that “maybe someday I’ll need” or things that hold sentimental value. I’ll admit, I am a sentimental guy sometimes – I associate memories with things. But what if I could part with some of these unnecessaries, and as a result someone wouldn’t die – someone would, for the 1st time in …

Church Partnership – Missio in Syracuse

What a great day today, hanging out with Missio Church in Syracuse! Kyle Kinda and I got to hang out with some of the guys from their team and check out their new campus in downtown Syracuse. You have to see this place – it’s beautiful! And of course, what a cool story behind it of God leading them right to this building. Missio is a church plant with a …

A weekend at the lake

I’ve come to discover that March – July take the cake as my “busy season.” This timeframe wins in that category, not because it is when I work the most (that would be Christmas time probably) but because I reach my mental capacity and hit overload. Too many balls juggling in the air – and I don’t even realize it until it’s over. That’s why we all need our time …

The 4th of July

The 4th of July had new meaning this year, as most things have since September 19th of this past year. Every 4th of July before this has been a time to hang out, grill food, and watch fireworks. All of those same things happened this year, except with one small change. This year, as I sat on the lawn and watched the fireworks in the air, I found myself looking …

My constantly changing organization method

Ever since I was in middle school, my method for organization has been in constant state of change. Thankfully I’ve gotten a lot better at it since the days of my high school locker that I couldn’t open all the way for fear of things falling out into the hallway, but I’m still tweaking. So why does my method keep changing?  Anyone that knows me well, knows that I go …