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Reflections on Haiti

By Roger Driskill

At CBF Heartland’s invitation, I have been invited to share comments and reflections on a trip I took with others to Grand Goave, Haiti, in July. You may stop here if you are expecting anything profound.

Jenny Jenkins, the CBF field person in Grand Goave and our host, is amazing. Her daily routine is at least 14 hours at 6-7 days a week. Her personal story is unforgettable. Hearing her share about walking away from her dream job with a dream employer in her dream city was worth the trip by itself. She never stops. I don’t know how long the word missionary has been replaced by the term field personnel, but she is on a mission. Jesus has her undivided attention. She has a core team of Haitians consisting of about 12-13 persons, i.e. assistants, food preparation, maintenance and security—together with others. They also are engaged in ministry in their way as well. It is truly interesting to see the dynamic of these relationships at work. Her work is being multiplied. Fascinating.

Haiti is poor or poorer than you can imagine. My friend Mark Buhlig once commented if you do nothing more than spend money in Haiti or send money to Haiti, you are still helping people in need. Adding Christ is even better.

One of the people in the group commented on her initial impression of Haiti, “Where do you start?” It is an overwhelming situation, yet we are compelled to just take the next step.

It is very easy and comfortable to be in the routine we create for ourselves. Being in a different culture and seeing the Kingdom at work is the most memorable impression for me.

 

Roger Driskill is an attorney and a member of Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo.

A Place at the Table

by Matthew Porter

All my life, I have associated food with family. Growing up, Mom’s chili simmering on the stove signified that autumn had begun, Grandma’s German chocolate cake meant it was my birthday, and Aunt Connie’s taco dip at any family gathering was extra special—because I knew she made it with me in mind.  Nothing says “home” quite like sitting around the table with those you love. read more…

CBF Heartland announces partnership with local churches to provide alternative to payday loans

Liberty Mo. — “The payday lending industry in Missouri and the Heartland is a disaster for families and communities,” says Nancy Thompson, moderator of CBF Heartland and a consumer attorney.

For Thompson, her legal work in Des Moines, Iowa, calls her to protect the rights of consumers and assist those trapped in a vicious cycle of debt. The lack of industry regulation at the state and federal levels allows small-dollar loans to be made with an annual percentage rate as high as 435 percent in Missouri, according to Thompson. read more…

Observing Lent

by Blake McKinney

 Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

I must confess that I’m pretty new to the practice of observing the season of Lent. My primary recollection of Lent from my childhood and teenage years is that it was the time of year that I was most thankful not to be Catholic. I would see my Catholic friends giving up chocolate for six weeks and having to eat fish every Friday, and I would feel sorry for them. When anyone asked me what I was giving up for Lent, I would give a snarky reply like “homework” or “Brussels sprouts.” read more…