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December 30, 2016

In March of 2017 Northwoods MC is joining with Masters Commission International and traveling to Swaziland, Africa.  There we will work with Children’s Cup, which is a ministry that works with the orphans of Swaziland (most of them have lost parents due the the AIDS epidemic sweeping that country).  At Children’s Cup, we will be a part of many things, including feeding 11,000 children a day.  Yes, 11,000 a day. 

The statistics are overwhelming.  As we chose what to share with you regarding this ministry opportunity, perhaps the greatest and most relative information to share, is that there are 200,000 orphans in Swaziland.  Now, in the grand scheme of world numbers, this is not big. However, when you consider that Swaziland would fit it in the space between Portage, LaCrosse, and Stevens Point; this is staggering.  This area represents approximately 240,000 Wisconsin residents – 83% would be orphans.

Will you consider being a huge part of All in for Africa?  Whil...

September 12, 2016

One of my favorite type of stories is that of the underdog.  There are so many books and movies filled with this theme.  The reason I love these stories is because someone goes from last place to being on top, and on some level we can all relate.  

There are the classics of course; Rudy, The Goonies (the misfit kids find the treasure and save their neighborhood), Invincible and any other sports movie known to mankind.  As far as books are concerned, the bible is the epitome of these examples (you had to know I was going there...).

In the story of David we see his life and the theme is "come along after thought."  His brothers think less of him, his dad even forgets him in the pasture when the prophet comes to anoint him as king.  But let's look at a particular passage in 1 Samuel 17:28-40.  David was sent down to take food for his brothers who were in battle, again the menial task of a youngest brother and one who is not highly respected.  The...

August 17, 2016

One of my favorite things about living in Wisconsin is the change of seasons.  This past summer has been extremely warm (for Wisconsin) and as I drove into the office today I saw a couple leaves starting to change color and you could feel cooler, crisp air.   Fall is by far my favorite season. 

Let's be honest, aside from seasons changing, most of us do not like change.  We like our lives just the way they are.  Nobody likes bumps in the road or detour signs along the journey.  It confuses us, and interrupts our timeline and plans.  What is odd about that, is that we were not created this way. I do not believe we are meant to be creatures of habit.  Somewhere along the line we built these insulated lives where we know what to expect.  We have built our own little empire and drawn our own blue print.  However, if we consider ourselves to be followers of Christ, and we are to live a life of reckless abandon and our lives are not our own, how then, can we be c...

May 27, 2016

Recently, in the news, a lot of attention has been given to something called the 'gap year' or the 'bridge year.'  It is the time students take off between graduating high school and entering college.  The reason it has made headlines lately is because Malia Obama has decided to enter a gap year before attending Harvard.

 

While this concept is not new, the way it's done is new.  Students aren't just working to earn more money to pay for the inflated costs of higher education (an average rise of 3% a year, outpacing inflation).  They are taking time to enter a transformative year; entering internship programs that help the pursue their passions and interests.  Some are taking specialized studies, serving their communities and traveling the world, intentionally experiencing life outside their comfort zones.

 

The benefits are huge!  According to several reports, colleges have seen a more focused and mature student.  They are less distracted and have higher GPAs.  They enter t...

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