First Report From Trinidad – Sanctuary For Children Founder Lee Greer

July 26, 2012

Working on updating pictures and video, but the first report on the trip is written by the team leader and Sanctuary for Children founder Lee Greer. Read the story here!





On A More Personal Note – Thank You

June 28, 2012

A number of you, my friends, family and followers (and boy do I use THAT term loosely!!) have generously donated enough for my plane ticket to Trinidad. Thank you. Your kindness demonstrates a willingness to put your cash where your heart is. For entrusting me to be faithful with your donation, I again thank you.

We’re still praying about whether my wife and oldest daughter should go on this trip. Talk about last-minute! Things have been hard in our house. Lots of questions, not a lot of answer recently. I’ve doubted my ability to hear the Holy Spirit and looked for sin that might prevent my hearing His voice. I’m left to assume that the Lord has a plan and it’s bigger than us. This desert could be used to increase our faith if we choose to let Him work in us that way.

2 Peter 1:3-8
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s time for me to buy tickets, please pray that I listen well for the Lords answer regarding Jenifer and Abby.

Grace and peace from Him be yours.





Watch the video for Sanctuary For Children HERE


Preventing Theft – The First Cross

May 8, 2012

The other day my family in Christ met and sat in the sun at a craft fair to sell some of our homemade goods and art. One brother added his photographs to the inventory. Another his writing, and his wife some hand sewn items. I added a few crosses and a couple stacks of CD’s from bands I’ve recorded with or worked with.




Exit Letter “…and so it goes.”





We set up around 8:00 this morning, and left early when we packed up shortly after 2:00. It cost $20 to be there, and our three families spent about $40 on food and drinks. Total sales? $5. but it prevented a crime.

This market was more yard-sale than craft fair. The clientele wasn’t knocking down our doors. This one fellow wandered by, did a small double take and picked up a cross. He said it was good, and asked how much I wanted. I told him I was accepting donations, and asked what it was worth to him.

I spent the $5 on a hotdog, small bag of Doritos Spicy, a bottle of water and a Swedish Fish candy flavored Italian Ice.








But the guy came back by. He told me that he had occasion to be in a local Catholic hospital regularly, and they had a cross very similar to the one I was selling. He loved that cross. He’d been looking for one everywhere. He kept meaning to ask the nuns where it came from, or to do more than simply covet it, but he admitted that he even considered just taking it.

Instead he bought me lunch. That’s an amazingly fair trade.







Crosses For Kenya – Should Be ‘Crosses For Africa and Trinidad’, But That Lacked Alliteration

April 29, 2012

In a couple weeks I’m heading back to Kenya. I’m also going to Uganda on this trip with Sunrise at Midnight. In July I head to Trinidad with Sanctuary for Children. Try fitting all that in a title – with alliteration.

Anyway, I like to make crosses. I’ve sold a few here and there, but have given away more as gifts. It’s something I can do in my spare time (meaning when I’m not wasting time on video games), and they’re meaningful to me. They remind me that someone loves me.







Maybe I have a talent for something other than getting into trouble.

I love giving crosses away as a reminder that others are loved. Now I wanna give them away to you. I want to go back to Africa. Not only do I wanna, but God told me I can go. Someone even bought the plane ticket. But there are still lots of expenses – I need help.

I’m going to make crosses and post pictures. If you want one, make a donation of any amount to HisStorytellers, put my name on the memo line or add it as a “note to seller” through PayPal if you prefer the tech option. Just give whatever you and God decide on. Don’t wait on the donation, e-mail me with your name and address and I’ll get a cross in the mail.








Now, some transparency: I use almost all free/recycled material. I buy the stains and some of the accessories I add to them, but the crosses are all hand made out of scrap. Most of them are simple to make and take no time, you’ll see more of these since I still enjoy gardening and hanging out with my family. Others take weeks of carving and sanding. Fortunately I still hate mowing the lawn, so I make progress on these as well.

Shipping is a flat $2. For most of you that’s a rip-off; it’ll only cost a buck, but your other dollar will cover the one I have to ship to Poland or Kenya. How socialist of me.

Here’s the first one up for grabs:









Each one is hand made of bamboo and wire, so the one you get won’t look exactly like the one in the picture. It stands approximately 12″ x 8″ and has a lightweight loop hanger on the back.

The cross is intended to be more than a gimmick to get your money. It’s the message you send me to share: Christ, crucified for our sin, resurrected to defeat death, now interceding from on high, and returning to complete our hope.

(For those who enjoy some back-story:
Christmas 2010 my friend Spanky and I hang out making Christmas gifts.
Not long after, I had a wee tiny meltdown in a craft store over religious art.)




Survey – People Of Faith?

November 6, 2011

Brag about yourselves. Tell me one way – big or small – that you live a life marked by faith in Jesus.


Once Upon A Time – Fairytales Do Come True: Chapter Three

November 5, 2011

Cold wind cut across the park. Hungry people shoved their hands deeper into their pockets and tucked their chins into their collars. Numb feet were stomped to bring feeling back. The hot coffee quickly ran out.

The prince walked to his carriage and pulled out a thick, coarse shirt for a young man wearing nothing but a simple light shirt. When he returned to the park, he found the man standing in line for warm food. It had been a few months since they had last spoken.

A small smile was all the prince received when he warmly greeted the man. They briefly exchanged pleasantries, and the prince asked where the man had been. “Back in jail?” he joked.

“The hospital” came the reply.

The prince was not surprised. “Epilepsy or diabetes?” he asked.

The man shook his head. “Stroke.








The prince started to check in on the man regularly. He went out of his way to find him. If there was rain or high winds the prince would be up early the next day to go find the man. Soon the prince was picking the man up and bringing him to his home.

The days became colder, and the cold lasted longer. The man stayed at the prince’s house longer each visit. Then came the 13th of December.

The prince’s family baked a cake. His youngest daughter went with him to find the man. But the man was not to be found. The prince called the jailer and the physician. Neither had the man. They went all over town asking for the man. He was gone.

Unable to find him after hours of searching, the prince and his daughter went home and gave the cake to a sickly young mother – alone – caring for her sickly young child.

As darkness fell the prince build a fire and prepared to host his closest friends and family for dinner and study. However his youngest daughter insisted they travel once more to look for the man. The prince could not deny her.

After more searching on foot and by carriage – and already late for dinner – they gave up. Suddenly the prince stopped and jumped from the carriage. The man was sitting on the side of the road, sipping from a paper sack – alone.

Rushing home, the prince lit the fire while his wife went to buy a cake. Dinner was served, the Words of Life were contemplated and – with great love – cake was forced upon the diabetic man.

But the evening was complete when the youngest daughter spoke to the prince with grave concern.

“Daddy, can the man spend the night with us? No one should be alone on their birthday.

The prince smiled.











Opening Volley – How Do You Embrace Christ This Christmas?

November 2, 2011





Since the retail world has turned mind to Christmas, I suppose it’s not to early for me to start in. Jenifer actually convinced me to play Christmas music (I went with Weezer) BEFORE Thanksgiving – which I resolutely refuse to do – while we schemed our family Christmas celebration.

The core of our discussion was how we would keep Christ in the center of all our plans. Also involved were questions of how much is OK to spend on ourselves as a family. Not so much of what can we afford as what should we afford. What’s needed is the next consideration.

The plans are exciting. So far they involve going to Katie’s performance of The Nutcracker (she’s an Archangel), caroling at a retirement home, making ornaments and gifts, doing Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree Advent and spending Christmas Eve together in a cabin. We’re also bringing Tique back.




Tique






All you revolutionaries out there, what are your plans to celebrate Christ and not commercialism and consumerism??




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