VBS Kids say…

Each year I put my PhD from the University of Aberdeen to good use by teaching the Bible stories at my local church’s Vacation Bible School. Some teachers may get annoyed at the random questions, statements, and answers that kids blurt out during the stories, but not me. For instance, I couldn’t help but to smile the night I was teaching about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and one kindergartener interrupted to ask what type of garden it was. “It was an olive garden,” I answered. To which her eyes bugged and she asked: “JESUS WENT TO THE OLIVE GARDEN?!” Or when I was teaching about how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were talking as they stood in the fire, a third grade boy asked: “What do you think they were talking about?” I replied: “I’m not sure. What do you think?” As if the answer as to the topic of their conversation was obvious, he exclaimed: “Pretty girls!” I have to admit. I didn’t see that coming. If that wasn’t enough, the next night as we were reviewing, I asked: “Can you name one of the three guys from the story we talked about in Daniel 3?” To which a first grader, yelled “Ringo!” (I guess she thought the other two were John and Paul.)

Not only can their comments be entertaining, but they can also humble a Bible scholar impressed with his own exegesis. For example, last night’s lesson was on Luke 19. I figured they knew the story well, so I started out with a question: “Hey kids, who was the wee little man that climbed up a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see? I was surprised when no one answered. Blank stares. “Here’s a hint,” I continued, “his name starts with Zach-.” A light bulb went on in one little girl’s brain: she raised her hand and said: “Zachariah!” Assuming she must be a homeschool kid since she knew the name of a minor prophet, I delicately said: “No, not Zechariah, but that’s close.” Encouraged, she guessed again: “Zacharias?” We finally got to the name Zacchaeus, but the Biblical language guy in me geeked out and went into this mini-lecture on how Zacchaeus is actually related to the name Zacharias which is the Greek translation of Zechariah that means “the Lord remembers.” I could see confusion rising up in their little eyes, but the language cat was out of the bag so to speak, and I couldn’t hold it back. “Speaking of Hebrew names,” I said (as if that was a subject which all kids would latch onto), “did you know that Jesus comes from Joshua and means the Lord saves?”

“In fact,” the over-their-head spontaneous lecture ensued, “when Luke began his story by saying Jesus entered Jericho I bet many of his readers would have immediately remembered the time when Joshua entered into Jericho.” There were so many dots, I had to keep connecting them. The Bible is full of obvious things that so many of us never really observe.

I continued by reminding them that Joshua begins the conquest of the Promised Land by entering into Jericho (Joshua 5-6). However, after he marches into the city, he sends his men back to the house of a most unlikely person—Rahab, the prostitute. Joshua then saves her and incorporates her into Israel (Josh 6:24-25). I told the kids that I think that when Luke wrote that Jesus entered into Jericho, the evangelist was priming his audience to be curious to see how Jesus would follow Joshua’s example. And, to that end, the Lord does not disappoint. Like Joshua, Jesus also finds an unlikely sinner to save in Jericho: Zacchaeus. Although Zacchaeus was not a prostitute like Rahab, his occupation as a chief tax collector was also greatly despised. Nevertheless, just as the prostitute was adopted into the people of Israel, so Jesus proclaims that the chief publican had become a child of Abraham. “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham” (Luke 19:9). Just as salvation came to Rahab’s house, so salvation comes to the house of Zacchaeus! “Do you see the pattern,” I asked. God desires to save sinners! “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (v. 10).

I began to bring it home: “But Jesus didn’t hang out with all sinners: just those willing to admit they were. Both Rahab and Zacchaeus knew they needed to be saved. And so must we!” While the story of Zacchaues is cool in and of itself, it becomes even more poignant when we see it in light of God’s new conquest: Jesus bringing forth the kingdom by seeking and saving the lost. The Lord did not expand God’s rule by driving sinners like Zacchaeus from their houses but by inviting himself into their homes. And so must we!

Feeling quite proud of the impression I surely made with my impromptu lecture and sermon, I called upon the first hand that flew up once I was done. As if to complement my interpretation with his own astute insight, one boy surmised: “Well, I bet Zaccheaus’ mom didn’t want him to bring Jesus home!”

What if It’s NOT The “Will” of God?

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What if It’s NOT The “Will” of God?

The Lord calls us to trust him in times of disappointment and confusion. In these past few years, Sadie and I feel like we’ve been in a season of discouragement and disorientation more than that of fulfillment and clarity. I joke with my friends that being raised an Arkansas Razorback football fan has prepared me to take letdowns on the chin. For any of you who want to read on, this is our latest blow.

Before we get into, however, let me make a few qualifications. First, please know this is not a “We want you to feel sorry for us” sort of post. Rather it is an effort to be transparent as I process out loud. The tone is not meant to be that of an Adele break-up song (nor of a Taylor Swift one!) but that of a Lauren Daigle trust song or a Psalm of David. Second, I admit that this struggle is light compared to the weightier ones we’ve had in the past—not to mention the suffering many of you are going through at the moment. Finally, this is meant to be more of a memoir recording my questions than a systematic treatment declaring dogmas. Read it in light of the former and go elsewhere for the latter.

Okay, so here we go:

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but for the past few months or so, I have been in an interview process for a significant and really cool European post. I’ll spare you the details. Just believe me when I say that God surprised us with this possible opportunity and gave us affirmation after affirmation that he was leading us that way. Surprisingly, where we expected the most resistance is where we received the most support. The push back we did receive helped us avoid being naïve, and once we worked through them seemed to further confirm the call. The more we prayed and fasted about the opportunity, the more the Lord filled us with enthusiasm about it.

With all of this said, I received an email yesterday morning that that the search committee decided to go with the other candidate. We took the news in stride and with my reformed sensibilities assumed that this was divine providence shutting the door at the last minute. In my best Augustine impersonation, I reminded myself that since God’s ways are higher than my ways, I just needed to “man up” and embrace the mystery.

Similarly, when Sadie and I shared the news with those who had been praying for and with us through the process, we got the standard well-intentioned (and theologically sound) lines that one comes to expect. The “you just have to trust this is not what God had for you,” “He’s got something better out there for you,” “He must not be done with you here,” sort of phrases.  Again, these “it wasn’t His will” lines are good lines, lines that I have been telling myself.

But, but, but . . .

There’s still something in the back of my mind, an irritation in my spirit, a question at the bottom of my heart: “What if it is not the will of God?” Have I too quickly chalked things up to providence? Is my resigning this to the will of God more of a psychological defense mechanism than a genuine theological conviction? Am I trying to avoid being angry with God? Is it possible that God is also frustrated with the search committee’s decision?

I should say that I am not trying to second-guess their decision; they probably made the right decision. I highly respect their conviction for and practice of prayer throughout the process. It was evident that they too want God’s best. We loved talking to them for hours over Skype. That we enjoyed them so much, however, makes it even stranger that the Holy Spirit led them through prayer to a different decision than what we thought the Holy Spirit was saying to us. It reminds me of the passage in Acts where a group of believers attempted “through the Spirit” to dissuade Paul from going to Jerusalem (Acts 21:4). What is striking is that in the previous chapter Paul claims that he was “compelled by the Spirit” to go to Jerusalem (Acts 20:22). Did the Spirit change his mind or did Paul misunderstand the Spirit or did the believers appeal to the Spirit though it did not line up God’s will? That is to ask: was the Lord being inconsistent, or was the apostle or the believers somewhat wrong about the will of God, or was it something else?

I often agree with Dr. Randy Richards, whom I consider my Jedi Master Yoda in Pauline studies.  This dilemma in Acts 20–21 is one interpretive issue, however, that he and I go back and forth on. While we both don’t believe God changed his mind, Richards thinks Paul was arrogantly wrong and even makes this case in his must-read, forthcoming book: Paul Behaving Badly. Nevertheless, I think that Luke (the author of Acts, not the Skywalker one) is on Paul’s side. I believe Luke wants to show that despite the well-intentioned, spiritual pleadings, the apostle does not let the believers deter him and sets off towards Jerusalem fully warned of the danger he will face there. The point here is not to get into the weeds of our debate but merely to show how a group of committed, godly believers or the heroic apostle himself in their respective appeals to the Holy Spirit seem to have misunderstood God’s will.

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Not that it matters that much now. This ship has passed, and that water’s under the bridge. Sure we’re still disappointed, but we’re not bitter—still a bit confused but not despairing. And at the end of the day, we come back to where we started: banking on the will of God. For even if it wasn’t his perfect intention, we are confident that he will work it for good as we bask in his love and continue to pursue his purpose: the best we know how.

To the Graduates…

Last week Joey had the opportunity to speak at the commencement of our alma mater, Junction City High School. I am so unbelievably proud of him and all of his accomplishments. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, so I got a special, private preview of his speech. I thought you might enjoy it as well. 

JCHS 2016 Commencement Speech

One of my favorite stories from the first century is about a pious Jew called Rabbi Akiva. . One evening on his way home to Capernaum, Rabbi Akiva got lost in thought, so much so that he didn’t realize that he had missed his turn. Presently, then, he found himself approaching a Roman garrison. Seeing the wandering rabbi, a Roman guard shouted down to this stranger:

“WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

Hearing those questions Rabbi Akiva paused and then asked: “Hey, how much are they paying you?”

Confused at the rabbi’s response, the guard called out again: 

“WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

Once again the rabbi blurted: “How much are they paying you?”

The guard even more confused stammered: “Who…who are you, what are you doing here?”

One last time the rabbi asked: “How. Much. Are. They. Paying. You?”

 Finally, the guard gave up and yelled: “TWO DRACHMA.”

To which the Rabbi proclaimed: “I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. I’LL PAY YOU DOUBLE IF YOU STAND OUTSIDE OF MY HOUSE EVERY MORNING AND ASK ME THOSE TWO QUESTIONS!”
“WHO ARE YOU?” and “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

 Like the rabbi, we need to be constantly reminded of our identity and our purpose—of who we are and what we are doing here, because it is so easy to forget. It’s funny how quickly we remember when we leave our Iphones in another room, our keys in the house, or our wallets in our cars. But we can lose our true identity for years without even realizing it and get so lost in the distractions of life that we forget why we are really alive in the first place. Class of 2016, in the next few moments, I’d like to give you a quick reminder of who you are and what you are doing here.

First of all, you are an American. Your roots run deep in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In the ancient world, where one came from determined one’s prevailing purpose, and I think they were on to something. For instance, there’s a story of a man who had traveled many miles to see the notorious wall of Sparta. When he arrived, however, he was confused because he could not see any wall. He found a Spartan and asked: “Excuse me, is this Sparta?” The proud Spartan looked at the foreigner and said: “Of course it is, man!” The foreigner blurted: “Where, then, is the great wall I’ve heard so much about?” As if the answer was obvious, the Spartan began to point to the citizens in the streets. “Here is our great wall,” he proclaimed, “and each citizen is a brick.” The Spartan explained that to be a Spartan was not to be a lone stone but a brick in his nation’s wall that supported the other bricks around him. Each person was essential, he declared, for if one brick were to fall, the entire wall would collapse.

As with the Spartans we draw a share of our identity and a measure of our purpose from being Americans. Like the Spartans we are called to support our countrymen. And we do so by (as we proclaim in the final words of our pledge) pursuing “liberty and justice for all.” After you walk across this stage tonight, I hope you’ll not forget this national calling. We have so many in our own country who still lack freedom and are shackled by injustice. For instance, we will have children in our nation who will fall asleep without having had a single meal today; teenagers in our nation who will be sold as sex slaves in human trafficking; people in our nation who will be still discriminated against because of the color of their skin, and on and on and on. Therefore, wherever you go from here and whatever you do, do not forget who you are and what you’re meant to be doing here, you are an American called to fight for liberty and justice for all—the helpless and the weak, the poor and the powerless, the outcasts and the downtrodden.

Our roots, however, spread beyond US soil. We are not only citizens of this country but citizens of the world. Thousands of years ago Socrates had to remind the Athenians who were so very proud of their heritage that they were much more than citizens of Greece. Pushing back at the ethnocentrism that stained his nation, Socrates urged them: “Do not consider yourself as merely a citizen of Athens, or a citizen of Greece: consider yourself to be a citizen of the world. Centuries later, one of our founding fathers, Thomas Paine proclaimed, “The world is my country and every person is my brother.” Remembering who we are and what we are doing here helps us stave off the disease of harmful Nationalism, which Einstein called “the measles of mankind.” Another philosopher quipped: “I love my country too much to be a nationalist”

You see, we are not only called to be a wall to support our other Americans, but also a bridge to help our fellow man. This is not a call for you to swoop in as a great American hero to save the world, but to go humbly as a global citizen to serve it. And we need you to serve it. New viruses and diseases race through and rack third world countries. Human Trafficking increases. Refugees multiply. Famine rises. And Isis grows. Therefore, wherever you go from here and whatever you do, do not forget who you are and what you’re meant to be doing here. That is, as a citizen of the world you are not called to hide behind a wall but, be it as an ambassador, a businessperson, a missionary or a soldier, to build bridges to confront systems of oppression and comfort the victims thereof.

Finally, our roots not only run deep and spread wide, but they also rise above. As those created in the image of God, our ultimate identity and utmost purpose is found in him. In addition to being citizens of America and of the world, we too are citizens of heaven. More than a civil wall and beyond a global bridge, we are a holy temple. Therefore, we must remember to conduct ourselves as such. As God’s dearly beloved children we are called to imitate him by walking in love. Therefore, wherever you go from here and whatever you do, do not forget who you are and what you’re meant to be doing here, you are a servant of the divine King commissioned to love your neighbor as yourself, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you; to pursue justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before your God.

As a father of five children I am well versed in all things Disney. One of my favorites is the Lion King. I particularly enjoy the turning point of the film. If you will recall, Simba is living a “no worries, hakuna matata” life. He has resigned himself to an “eat, drink and be merry” philosophy of existence. But while Simba was wasting away in his version of Margaritaville, the rest of the world was slaving away under an evil tyrant. One night, however, Mufasa, Simba’s father, descends from heaven to jar Simba out of his self-absorbed worldview.

 

Mufasa boomed: “You’ve forgotten me.”

Quickly Simba rebutted, “No, father, I could never forget you!”

In return, Mufasa says: “You’ve forgotten who you are, thus you have forgotten me.”

As Mufasa ascends back into the heavens, he leaves his son with these words: “Remember who you are. Remember. Remember.”

 

And tonight, class of 2016, I leave you with this same entreaty. Don’t lose yourself in our YOLO-No Regrets-Miley Cyrus Only God can judge me-Kayne-Kardashian world. Rather, remember your roots and remember who are: not a lone stone but an integral part of a holy temple, a global bridge, and a supporting wall—loving and serving your neighbor, here and abroad, seeking liberty and justice for all.
  

Lent and the Purpose of Fasting

Do you observe Lent?

I honestly don’t remember why or when Joey and I started observing Lent. We have for as long as I can remember. I do remember when our kids started participating.  I recall sitting around our kitchen table in Aberdeen, Scotland explaining lent to our children. Mattie(then 6) and Kinnon(then 5) had become old enough to realize Joey and I were fasting and they had many questions. When we had finished discussing what the Bible teaches us about fasting, they decided they wanted to participate. After much deliberation and after I confirmed they could not fast from school work, they landed on cold cereal. Our kids loved the treat of sugary, cereal on Saturday mornings. The kids stuck it out and we have been fasting together as a family through the season of Lent ever since. 

  
Lent is a 40 day season in the liturgical church calendar beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter. The day before Lent begins is Mardi Gras. Did you know Mardi Gras is associated with the church calendar?? Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” and traditionally it was the day when people cleared out their cupboards of all the sugar, flour, meat, ect. that they would not be eating during their season of fasting. This is also the reason the day is known as Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. It’s basically a day of celebrating and feasting before the fasting begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. (Today 2/9 is Shrove Tuesday.)

Lent usually begins with an Ash Wednesday service where we recognize our mortality, repent of our sins, express thankfulness to God and dedicate ourselves to a period of fasting and renewed passion in our relationship with Christ. Traditionally the priest or minister smudges a cross from ashes on the foreheads of those participating. Ashes are used as a sign of our mortality and sin, while the cross is a symbol of our forgiveness and hope received from Christ. 

So what? Why should be observe Lent? After Jesus was baptized he experienced a season of fasting. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). After this time of fasting and temptation Jesus began his earthly ministry. If your spiritual life or ministry could use some renewed passion or you could use rest and renewal for life and ministry or wisdom for your future then Lent is a great season to focus on Christ. 

Those of you who know us and follow our journey know this has been the hardest year we have ever experienced. After this year of suffering my soul is craving peace and rejuvenation. Also, Joey and I are both struggling with calling and what God may have on the horizon for us. These are just some of the things we will be praying through as we are observing Lent this year. 

This year for my personal observation of Lent I will be following a Daniel fast and incorporating more scripture meditation into my daily life. More on both of these and what the rest of my family will be doing to come…


One of my favorite verses on fasting…

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” Isaiah 58:6-9a

“Lord, take my fast as an offering to You. May it bring Your light, Your healing, Your righteousness and Your glory. Amen” 

21 years of Marriage

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Today is the first day of our 22nd year of marriage! (And, yes we were babies when we got married.) But what some of you may not know is, our story began long before our wedding day. Before Joey and I were even a thought, our mothers taught school together in a small town in south Arkansas. They were at work together when my mom was 4 months pregnant with me and Joey’s mom got the call that he had been born. They had been waiting prayerfully for years to adopt a baby. In a sense, then, we have known each other since before we were born! We both grew up in that school. He is the only person I have ever held hands with or kissed. He asked me to ‘go steady’ on Nov. 3, 1989 when we were in 9th grade. We went off to college together in ’93, got engaged that Christmas and  married during Christmas break the next year. Joey was a youth pastor in a small town in east Arkansas at the time. We have been in ministry together ever since. We have lived in 4 countries and moved more times than I can count. We have served on staff at 6 different churches. We have 5 children. We have been through a miscarriage and a failed adoption. Life has been quite an adventure, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the next 21 years.

Last night as we celebrated our anniversary we prayed together. Our prayer has always been that God would allow our marriage and our family to be a light to others. We are certainly not perfect! We have had plenty of rough patches and don’t have all the answers. Nevertheless, I can honestly tell you we enjoy each other, and we enjoy our marriage. God has led me to keep a journal of marriage tips/advice to give to our children someday. Life is short. I don’t want to look back and say “I always meant to do that”.  As I started writing, I thought some of you might be interested (if not, you should stop reading now:).

Here’s a glimpse of my ever growing list — 21 of the things we have learned in these 21 years from our marriage and from ministry in helping others with their marriages.

1. Always put God first, even above your spouse and children.

2. Your spouse comes next over children, friends and ministry.

3. Do everything you can together.

4. Go to church and minister together.

5. Be interested in what your spouse is interested in.

6. Listen to each other, really listen!

7. Commit to pray for one another and follow through DAILY.

8. Have real conversations. Ask what God is teaching them?

9. You will fight. Fight fair. Don’t be mean. Don’t lose your temper.

10. Don’t be too proud to say you’re sorry and move on. Forgive.

11. Don’t lead separate lives. It’s easier to drift apart than you might think.

12. Find godly couple friends and do life together. Help each other.

13. Touch each other every chance you get. Connect! Hug! Kiss! Often!

14. Don’t text, message or confide in anyone else of the opposite sex.

15. Don’t talk bad about your spouse or to your spouse.

16. Be nice to each other! Be nicer than you are to others.

17. Encourage one another. Be each others’ biggest cheerleaders.

18. Say “please” and “thank you” to each other. Serve one another.

19. Look for the good in each other. Be positive.

20. If you are having trouble connecting, re-evaluate your intimacy.

21. Share your needs. DO NOT expect your spouse to just know them!

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Epiphany and New Beginnings

 

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As our family moves into the new year, we are still processing and healing from the events of this past year, as well as looking forward with anticipation for what God will do in and through us in 2016. Since accountability is a good thing, I thought I’d share with you the commitments I have made for this new year. With respect to resolutions, Joey and I ask the kids to join us in evaluating our lives and asking God to show us things we need to change or fine tune. We focus on three areas–the spirit, the mind and the body.

Heaven knows I have plenty of possible areas that need improvement, but I tried to narrow it down as much as possible. So, this is what God has led me to do for 2016…

The Spirit – This year I will be focusing my personal bible and devotion time on the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The Book of Common Prayer is a nearly 500-year old Anglican prayer book. It was introduced to the Church of England in 1549. The BCP has had a strong influence on Christian worship across multiple denominations for centuries, and I am completely fascinated by it. I know a little bit about the BCP from my Methodist past but I have never followed it closely, only bits and pieces. I will spend this year using this book to guide my personal time with the Lord. I used my Christmas money and gift cards to buy a couple of resources I will be using on this journey. I will share more about them as I go along.

The Sacred Ordinary Days, 2016 Liturgical day planner

Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals

 

The Mind – For my intellectual growth I will be dedicating this year to learning and educating my family on the liturgical church calendar. We have celebrated many of the church calendar events before, but we have never had a purposeful study throughout the year. Although I am familiar with many of these, I want to learn more and I want our children to experience them. We started today with Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6 after the 12 days of Christmas. This day and the season that follows is a time to reflect on Jesus’s manifestation to the world. We reflect on the Magi’s coming to honor Christ and how Christ came to this world as a human for us all. Here is a link to more information about how we commemorated this day…

Chalking the Door

The Body – Finally as my commitment to take care of the body God has given me, I have given up sugar. This is huge and insane, I know, but there is no doubt sugar is terrible for my body. As I move through my 40’s I want want to take the best care of myself possible. I want to be as healthy as I can for as long as possible. As a result of me giving up sugar, the sugar intake of my family will be drastically reduced. Sugar is everywhere so wish us luck! Here is just one of the numerous articles that can be found on the web concerning the harmful effects of sugar and the latest book I am reading on health…

Eating too much sugar may be killing you

How Not to Die by Michael Greger

(I usually have a book going in each of these three categories on my Kindle at all times.)

What commitments are you making this year that will nourish your body, mind and spirit?

 

Dressember

Dressember is the first missions project of our family’s Spread the Light Advent season. It is a big one, in fact, it starts today and lasts all month, and we would love for you to join us!

“Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.”

Dressember is a challenge usually taken on by women but our family is taking it on together! Mattie and I will be wearing dresses every day for the month of December, and our boys will be wearing ‘dress’ clothes.

“In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. Beginning in 2015, the Dressember campaign will expand to partner with other anti-trafficking organizations.”

During our time in North Carolina we were able to experience several great churches, one of them was Imago Dei Church in north Raleigh. Imago Dei is an incredible church with many great things going on. During our time with Imago Dei we were able to learn about several mission organizations they support, one of these organizations is the International Justice Mission (IJM). After hearing about this group and the work they do around the globe I began researching them more, looking for ways our family could get involved. When Mattie and I found out about Dressember and their connection with IJM, we were sold. The more we researched the more excited we became about this opportunity for us to get involved and raise money to support their efforts to end human trafficking. As Mattie and I were making plans to participate the boys in our life decided they wanted do it with us, and we LOVED that idea even more.

The way it works is this…We have committed to wearing dresses/dress clothes every day for the month of December. The only exceptions are– as with a job that requires pants, or when you’re working out, cleaning, or sleeping. We will wear a dress/dress clothes any other time we get to choose what to wear. We will “spread awareness about a world issue by committing to the challenge of wearing dresses all month. All month, those who participate spread the word about what they’re doing and why, compelling many others in their lives to contribute to the cause by making a monetary contribution.”

Ways you can help up…

  1. SHARE our link. The more word is spread, the more awareness is raised! We will be sharing pics and the link to our support page often this month. (get ready!)
  2. Click our link and GIVE. Our team name is Dodson Family Advent and our team goal is $500. We started the donations off by giving money we would have spent toward our “Something to Wear” gifts.
  3. JOIN us. You can join our team! Commit to wearing dresses (or men – dress clothes) for the month of December. From the Dressember website you can learn more about this challenge and the rules. You start by joining as an individual advocate then you are giving the opportunity to join a team. Look for our team name in the list and jump on board. We would love to have you!

Your gift is tax deductible and 100% of the the money given goes to further the efforts to end human trafficking in our world! What better way to start this season than giving to make someone’s life better?

Spread the Light!

The heart of Dressember is freedom– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.

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