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Women of the Ouachitas

Women of the Ouachitas: My Journey For the past several years, God has put a yearning in my heart for work. As a stay at home mom, I was feeling a void in that aspect of my life. So, I began fervently praying for God to show what that “work” would be for me. A couple of small businesses came and went, and the longing still remained. I prayed, journaled, read, and waited.…

Discipling Young Adults at LVCC

Discipling Young Adults at LVCC A few years ago our daughter was in youth group Ascent. She had developed close relationships with three other girls that were attending Ascent, as well as her high school. We were so thankful for the relationships, along with the leaders and support that came from Ascent. We began to learn how important this was to these girls’…

Men of the Ouachitas

MEN OF THE OUACHITAS (MOO) Why do I love MOO? Because I love to win! It is that  simple. The Bible tells us often that we are in a spiritual battle. I believe this and I love that we are in the fight. MOO is a battlefield, or war zone, for the hearts of men. We know that men are wounded by sin, fearful in spirit, held captive by strategies that do not work, and are…

Lake Valley Women

Lake Valley Women As we think of Lake Valley as a training center, we seek to provide the framework which will prepare each of us as women to be firmly established in our faith, to fully embrace our own uniqueness, to discover a direction and purpose for our life, and to fulfill our Lake Valley mission of loving and serving like Jesus. Imagine with us a time when every…

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the year. When my children were little, we somehow ended up with a book about Jesus and his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Austin and Abby loved this little book so much. It seemed like we read it over and over, throughout the year, not just during the Easter holiday. My kids LOVED to dress up and act like their favorite…

Garments of Grace

Garments of Grace The little handprints that decorate  the walls of the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center give new meaning to being the hands and feet of Jesus. Children from ages one to seventeen, who have been sexually abused, are served by the Advocacy Center. These children often have very little. When they arrive for their first visit, each child is given a…

Life Caddy Retreat

Life Caddy Retreat “I think February is a God-ordained time for this retreat, because this is the time of the year when I get tired and need a boost to finish the school year strong.” – Natalie Manatt Every human being needs a healthy rhythm of work and rest in their lives, and those involved with student ministry are no exception!  This year, the amazing people…

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry Kairos prison ministry is a remarkable opportunity to become part of a team of Christians, all gathered to fellowship, pray, follow, and share the simple message of the love of Jesus to the incarcerated. As a part of that process, we learn to simply be the tools through which the Holy Spirit will do His work. Our mandate is to listen and love. While…

Families In Addiction

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” Romans 12:12 Families In Addiction is a Christian-based support group for families and friends whose lives have been affected by addiction. It was formed by two couples who have faced the daily struggles associated with having a loved one in addiction. Seeking answers, God placed it on their…

Haiti Medical Mission Trip

  Haiti Medical Mission Trip Exactly one month ago, I was standing in line waiting to be cleared by the customs officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I have been to several countries in Europe, but this was my first trip to a developing country. It was also my first time to be part of a medical mission trip. Needless to say, I had many new experiences and learned more…