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Power vs. Power

It is Saturday night. It is quiet outside now. Today, January 23rd, we had one of the largest blizzards hit Carlisle. The official figures are not yet in – but it looks like 24 to 30 inches of snow fell during the last 24 hours. And it has brought everything to a halt. Services are […]


Jesus the Refugee Part 2

  Last month my blog was titled “Jesus the Refugee.”  Much has happened since I wrote that article – only one month ago. First, the number of refugees continues to grow.  According to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), “for the first time since World War II, there are more than 50 million refugees […]


Jesus the Refugee

It’s all in the news. What are we to do about the refugee crisis? Well first of all, the facts seem to be significantly different than the hysteria that is going on. I encourage you to read this article – it’s help on the following web site. It was helpful to me in separating the […]


Reflection: Envoi

At the end of a poem or long book of poems or novels sometimes writers will add an envoi which is a stanza shorter than all the rest which concludes or summarizes what has happened. I know what you’re probably thinking, what does an envoi have to do with this blog, or the trip as […]


Day 8: There is No Place Like Home

To be honest, I kind of wanted to go home. I felt sort of like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at the end, where she wants more than anything else to go home. But it’s a bittersweet goodbye because she has to say goodbye to all of the friends she met and grew connections […]


Day 7: Skillet

The morning unlike the last was terribly hot. We got to sleep in until 9:00 a.m. which was a nice change. We rode on the Detroit monorail, called the People Mover, which took us around the city after breakfast. We were challenged to meet more people. It was a little shaky, but we got a […]


Day 6: A Rose and Concrete

The sound of raindrops outside the 53rd story window was a surprise at first so early in the morning. It was so peaceful, but soon we would be walking in it. A whole lot of us. We woke up early. We had to. It was service day, which at first didn’t really mean much. We […]


Day 5: Learning to Love a Good Challenge

“We are out of eggs sir.” “Do you have any breakfast food left?” “Nope.” “Were you expecting this many people?” The poor woman behind the counter smiled, and shook her head no. “I’ll take a BLT then on flatbread please.” “Sure thing.” 30,000 people can run a food court out of some stocks of food. […]


Day 4: Gather in Detroit

The night before I roomed with two boys from the St. John’s group and we all awoke to a boxed breakfast which was enjoyed in the room. Then only minutes later we separated and found our groups and loaded up the vans. The next stop was Cedar Point Amusement Park! There the St. Paul youth […]


Day 3: Road Trip

It’s hard to know how challenging sharing one bathroom between 28 people is until you are faced with the situation. But all three groups, with some help from the Lord, made it work. AJ, the youth leader for Center made the morning all better with boxes of Dunkin Donuts for all 3 groups. But Moses, […]

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