Quote of the Day — Ashley

Perhaps it is easier to never leave home. Never take risks. Never adapt to other cultures. Never fall in love with a people other than your own. We decided that was our fix. To get home and never ever leave again. It was just to painful to put everything we had into something that we eventually said goodbye to. Of course it’s not a reasonable solution. Especially considering I plan to leave again in less than three weeks. I’ve learned that not only do the things worth having require hard work, but they may even end before you are ready.


Ashley attempts to “close the book” on her last year working at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Looks to me like the book isn’t finished.

I’m so proud of her (and a little bit jealous).

Mission Trip Fundraising Letters

Dear _______,

I never write you letters.

That’s a weird way to open a mission trip letter. My youth minister/pastor gave me a form letter to follow but that felt even weirder. The truth is that I don’t write anyone letters and if I opened up this letter by pretending this is just the latest in a long chain of correspondence we’ve kept up oh these many years, that would feel as fake as when people run out of things to say and ask you questions like, “hot enough for you?” Wow, that was a really atrocious run on sentence, but I’m excited about this trip and I’m not going to let sentence structure stand in my way.

Stuff Christians Like: #256

If you’re family or a friend, you’re likely getting a mission fundraising letter from one of my daughters right about now. That’s because two of them are going on extended mission trips this summer.

What you’re not getting is one that start like the letter above. Maybe you should… ;)

Stuff Christians Like describes the typical mission trip fundraising letter and offers an alternative, maybe one that could be more effective. Go read the whole letter and let me know — would it work for you?