SURVIVE OR THRIVE

“Many lay people fear that they may be asked to undertake some apostolic work and they seek to avoid any responsibility that may take away from their free time…This is frequently due to the fact that people feel an overbearing need to guard their personal freedom, as though the task of evangelization was a dangerous poison rather than a joyful response to God’s love which summons us to mission and makes us fulfilled and productive.” – Joy of the Gospel

MOM ON MISSION

You’re going where?!…Haiti…

For how long?…a week

Really????

This was the conversation I had with my husband, Ron. I promised myself that this year I would be more fearless and just say yes to new experiences. Well, here was my chance! So after lots of prayer and encouragement from Ron, I was on a flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti!

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

Kiera did not speak about Jesus a single time during that evening, but she shared the gospel exactly as Dani needed it.

Each of us can learn from Pope Francis and from my lovely wife. People don’t need to be preached at more; they need to encounter Jesus when they encounter us and be walked with patiently and joyfully on the road of faith.

IN THE MIDST OF THEM

“For where two or three have gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20

This year the team at Covecrest hosted the first ever Missionary Family Weekend. Parents, siblings, aunts and even family friends joined in on our life of prayer and mission for Super Bowl weekend. Below is a short reflection from the perspective of some of our missionary parents. 

MY VISIT TO FERGUSON

My visit was brief, but I was definitely most excited about going to the parish.  I had created my own test in my head to measure the impact she was having there. The test was, “How many double takes can I get during this mass?”  For years it annoyed me that people would mistake my sister and me.  Since she has moved, I secretly love when new people think that I am her.  I knew the ultimate test would be at mass.  

CALLING ALL BALLERS AND PIZZA LOVERS

Pope Francis recently said “all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity,” especially the ones that don’t come to Church.

So maybe our teens didn’t leave for the afternoon with a desire to follow Christ forever. That’s okay. My hope is that the next time these teens think about coming to Church, they come because people at this church know them and love them.

DISCIPLESHIP IN OUR BACKYARD

There is this new thing being talked about amongst Christians called discipleship, in which an individual commits to journeying with another person or a small group of people.  It’s nothing new, but rather, it is exactly what Christ himself did. It’s how He built up His Church with much success. It is the model which He invites Christians today to follow. In our ministry here in Haiti we have seen success through this model. 

#Lent4Haiti

I had this conversation with a teen recently at a Life Night in Haiti. Me “When you pray, what do you ask God for?” Ti-Malen: “To be able to find food every day.” I know enough about Ti-Malen’s life to know that she doesn’t eat every day. That was what prompted me […]

PORK STEAKS AND GERMAN POTATO SALAD

The beauty of ministry is God can’t be contained.  He doesn’t only work in the 2 hours we have an event and he doesn’t only work in the people we are expecting him to.  God is immeasurable and his grace is for all.  Dorothy receives this grace and because our God is so big she cannot simply contain it for herself but she must share it with others.

THE COOK IS OUT OF THE KITCHEN

Tite-Soeur was God’s reminder to me this weekend that He can use each of us for His glory, no matter what our weaknesses, excuses, or faults. All He needs is our yes, and He will fill in all of our weaknesses with His grace and His Holy Spirit. I am thankful to worship a God who cares more about what He can do through me, than what I say I “can’t” do myself.