Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Meet the Kids of Buen Samaritano, Honduras … They Are About to be Fed

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 am

Meet Alan. He’s a little boy who will BEG and FIGHT for your attention. As you can tell from the picture, we were trying to see if the camera was working … and unexpectedly it was.

This is sweet Angie, Paco & Kelin. They LOVE when you will sit down and play games with them.

She LOVES hugs

Most definitely my favorite little girl … Stephanie. Look at those dimples.

Meet Daniella and Emma … they will melt your heart.

Everyone knows that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a little community in Honduras called Buen Samaritano. It’s one of the poorest communities you’ll find in Honduras.  It’s built on a hill right outside the dump where we work. Many of the people who live there, including the kids, have to work in the dump to try and live. The children there will just steal your heart … they have mine. Any time Marc asks, “Where do you want to work this year when you and your group are here?” I respond, “Let’s go to Buen Samaritano.” He’s always more than willing. We’ve done special one-time feedings there, built MANY houses there, done medical clinics there, but we’ve been unable to feed kids on a regular basis.

What this little community has desperately needed is a feeding center where the children can eat one meal a day … 5-6 days a week. Something they aren’t guaranteed now. That would SO bless these children who are so malnourished. When we were there this summer we visited one little home where the momma and her 2 year old baby had not eaten in 3 days because they simply didn’t have any money. It broke our hearts. This community has GOT to have a feeding center that can feed kids and also be used as a church on Sunday.

Yesterday while standing in a store, I fought back tears when Marc Tindall messaged me and said, he found a building and plot of land in Buen Samaritano, that we could have for a feeding center.  If we could come up with the money to buy it, we could be feeding children in that little community by the end of the year. More tears … and I’m not a big emotional person. This was an answered prayer.

The cost of the building and plot of land is … $6000. An amount that looks HUGE, but isn’t.  It’s really small compared to God.  Marc will be in Childress in two weeks and we plan to present him with a $6000 check to get that feeding center open. If you would like to help with the opening of this feeding center you can, but even if you can’t, it’s okay. We WILL have it open by end of the year. If you want to help, you have two options …

(Send a tax deductable check to)  Childress Church of Christ, PO BOX 239, Childress, Texas  79201 (attn Feeding Center)

OR

You can use my Paypal that is on this page, but please understand … it’s not a tax deductible donation.

If you have questions … please feel free to email me.  Oh, and I’ll be releasing all the details on my December Honduras trip in a week. I’d love to have you join me on the trip.  One of the things I PRAY that we’ll be doing is spending a day working in a new feeding center in Beun Samaritano. :)

Children should never go hungry … EVER!

 

Unleashed!

Posted by    |    June 24th, 2012 at 10:18 am

This movie trailer, directed by Adam Kring and including one of our favorites on the film team, Salomon Ligthelm (score/sound design), needs to be viewed along side a very nice explanation by Perry Noble on why he wrote the book, Unleashed!.

Some additional information can be found here.  Perry Noble runs a mega church in South Carolina.  Recently, he announced taking a two month leave.  In the article, Noble is quoted as saying, “In order for me to lead this church well for the next 20 years, there’s got to be some changes in me,” he told his congregation last weekend when he preached his final message before his break. “I noticed the closer you get to Jesus, he just peels back another layer on your life of something that you’ve got to work on.”

‘The Kidds’ by Shady Tree Films

Posted by    |    March 7th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Brandon and Kristin Kidd met their sophomore year of high school. They had plenty of mutual friends and hung out all the time, but they didn’t start dating until five years after the fact. Kristin, remembering that Brandon was a skilled photographer, asked him to photograph her sisters wedding, and the two have been making puppy eyes at each other ever since.

In this short film, hear Brandon talk about how he proposed and how the two are excited to join together in a God-honoring marriage.

LA Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Kershaw Challenge

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2012 at 10:01 am

While some parts of the country are still covered in snow, the calendar has turned over another month. For some, the transition from February to March is meaningless. But in places like Port St. Lucie, Florida or Surprise, Arizona it is the time where fans of America’s most beloved pastime gather to pay homage to their teams. Spring Training means a clean slate, and the knowledge that in baseball hope truly does spring eternal.

Kids of all ages scan the pristine playing field in search of memorable players, hoping for some sort of sports memorabilia thrown their way, or perhaps an autograph. There is no denying the energy in a place like this. One such emerging star that is sure to have caught the eye of any marginal baseball fan is one Clayton Kershaw, the 23 years old southpaw flamethrower from Dallas who emerged as the best of the National League. He took home top honors as Cy Young winner while completing the Triple Crown of pitching. First in wins, strikeouts and ERA; a feat generally reserved for Cooperstown legends like Sandy Koufax, to which Kershaw will always be compared.  He has escalated his game in such a short period of time, like few others in baseball history. (more…)

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE MORGAN’S 2011

Posted by    |    December 25th, 2011 at 5:40 am

‘Twas the night before Christmas and up before the sun, was Trey Morgan to get his morning run.

The rest of us Morgan’s were all snug in our beds, while visions of the World Series still danced in our heads. (more…)

The Magi learned about Jesus on Facebook

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am

The Magi Journeying (Les rois mages en voyage) by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902) at Brooklyn MuseumThat’s what 30% of children surveyed in Great Britain think.  According to a poll of 1,000 school children between five and seven years of age, 36% have no idea whose birthday we will celebrate Sunday.  It gets worse: nearly 25% believe the answer is Simon Cowell.  Some 25% believe that Jesus was born at Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street; only 28% know he was born in Bethlehem.

Could such biblical ignorance happen in America?  As a child growing up in Houston, Texas, I didn’t know who was born on Christmas day.  When I eventually learned that Christmas observes the birth of Jesus, I remember being confused: what does he have to do with Santa Claus?  And why do we celebrate his birth, anyway?

9 Things Being A Dad Has Taught Me About God

Posted by    |    November 11th, 2011 at 5:40 am

The Morgan boys in Red River, New Mexico.

I love being a dad. One of the greatest accomplishments in my life is that I am the father of four amazing boys. One of my new struggle as a parent has been letting a son go into the Army, not because I didn’t want him to go, but because I won’t see or hear from him as often. As many of you know, my son Taylor, left last week for basic training in Ft. Benning, GA. We heard from him this past Saturday night, after 5 days of wondering how he was. He sounded good and was still excited about being there. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I looked at my phone and caller ID said it was him. He said that may be his last phone call until Christmas, but he wasn’t sure. Hopefully within the week we’ll have an address for him and be able to start writing.

The bible tells us that our relationship with God is like a Father to a child so being a parent has taught me a lot about God these last few years. Everyday it seems I learn a lesson about God from my relationship with my boys.  Here are a few things I’m learning…

  1. God LOVES it when I talk (pray) to Him. How do I know this? Because I love it when my boys take time to talk to me. Iwas SO excited when Taylor called and I could hear his voice.  I have no doubt that God feels the same way when He hears from me. I love talking to all my boys, no matter the subject. No doubt God feels the same way.
  2. God wants me to be happy.  I want what is best for my children and I want them to be happy, as long as they are doing what is right. God wants the exact same for me.
  3. God’s greatest desire is a relationship with me. I remember the day each of my children were born thinking to myself, “My greatest desire is to get to know my son.” Today that hasn’t changed. I still desire to have a relationship with my boys. I’m willing to go to any length to mature and keep those relationships alive and thriving. God has the same desire with us. He wants a relationship with us so badly that He was willing to give up His son. (more…)

The tragedy of Joe Paterno

Posted by    |    November 9th, 2011 at 5:30 am

Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno is helped to his residence by his son Scott (L) after speaking to a group of students rallying at the house in State College, Pennsylvania, November 8, 2011 (Credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer)A week ago, Joe Paterno was the most revered coach in college football.  This week he may be unemployed.

His Penn State team recently defeated Illinois, making Paterno the winningest coach in Division I history.  He has been head coach of the Nittany Lions for 46 years, winning two national titles.  He was renowned for the honesty and integrity with which he taught and coached.  Now he has been linked to a horrible scandal involving his former defensive coordinator.

Jerry Sandusky has been charged with 40 criminal counts related to the sexual abuse of young boys.  Nine years ago, a graduate assistant saw one such incident and reported it to the coach.  Paterno did what policy dictates–he referred the allegation to athletic director Tim Curley, and university vice president Gary Schultz was informed as well.  But neither took action.  While Curley and Schultz have now been charged with perjury and failure to report the alleged crimes, Paterno will not be charged with a crime.  However, he apparently did nothing to pursue the investigation.

Three lessons from the Oklahoma quakes

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 5:45 am

An eathquake late Saturday night caused extensive damage to the towers (turrets) atop Benedictine Hall, the most prominent structure on the campus of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee (Credit: The Oklahoman/Jim Beckel)“We have not a clue.”  That’s how Austin Holland, a research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, explained the earthquakes that shook his state over the weekend.  At least 23 quakes struck Oklahoma, beginning early Saturday morning and continuing intermittently through Sunday.  Since 2009, the state has experienced 10 times more earthquakes than normal.  Seismologists don’t know if this is part of a natural cycle or something more ominous.

It’s a helpless feeling to face a threat you can’t prevent.  Sometimes the enemy is the weather, such as the floods that have claimed more than 500 lives in Thailand.  Advancing pools of water are now threatening Bangkok’s subway system.  Ironically, they are also surrounding the emergency headquarters set up to deal with the crisis.

September 11th Remembered

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am

Casualty of AA Flight 11 from Boston to LA

 

Dave Retik and his colleague, Chris Mello, were in route to California when AA Flight 11 struck the WTC.  Dave was a business associate and someone who our company, Hispanic Broadcasting, knew well.  On this day, we pay tribute to the people we knew that lost their lives on 9/11 and to their families.

 

 

 

 

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