stumbles & strides

A blog for the people of Cedar Park to share stories of our everyday stumbles and strides in following Jesus.

What’s this about? Read the post Seeds of Peace to learn more.

 

Wait for It

This Christmas season, I have found myself resonating more and more with the concept of Advent. I have always loved Christmas: the joy, the fun, the festivity, the coziness, the traditions. But as the years go by and times of sorrow, doubt, and apathy are mixed into...

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Myanmar Reflections

Since I have been back people have asked me how our trip to Myanmar was. I had posted photos and updated on Facebook so friends and family knew that we were safe and what we were up to, but when I started to tell them about the trip, I usually paused and thought about...

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First Responder

Leading up to Christmas 2017 Pastor Lee asked a few people in the Cedar Park community to reflect on their own work as first responders and how it might relate to the incarnation – God’s act of coming alongside those who suffer. Longtime member and current Elder...

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Myanmar Trip Part 7

Ok… So… this was amazing... Unprecedented. Wow... We will never forget this. It was like this incredible outdoor banquet and we were the guests of honor. Remember how I told you that we were laying low for a while because of some of the opposition in the community...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 6: New Life

Isaiah drove up in his pick up truck to the farm after spending countless hours building the bridges and roads… he brought 7 people up to the farm with him in the back of the truck. He had stopped and asked them where they were going earlier, and he offered one of the...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 5: Lighthouse Farm

Two days this week were Buddhist holidays, and because of the situation in the surrounding area, we thought it best to lay low for a while and work around the Lighthouse Farm. We dug trenches for star bean and date palm plants, we built stairs, we cemented the shower...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 4: Lighthouse Farm

Like I said in our last post… there have been tensions in the area. Our Myanmar team has been the victims of lies, propaganda spread throughout the area by some religious groups, and just false information. They've also been the focus of different kinds of threats,...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 3: Lighthouse Farm

On day 3 we left for Lighthouse Farm in Bago State, located in central Myanmar. As we jumped in the van, our team talked about everything we were excited about and a few things we were apprehensive about heading into an intense area. Lighthouse farm is an intense...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 2: Arrival in Yangon

We made it to Yangon, Myanmar and met up with some awesome friends like Dave and Louise Sinclair-Peters and Jeremy Penner. We spent our first day getting an orientation to the country of Myanmar and to the work that Pastor Isaiah and his team are doing to share the...

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Myanmar 2018 Part 1: Departure

Cedar Park is headed back to Myanmar! One more day of packing, filling suitcases full of eye glasses, knit sweaters, quilts made with love, fun activities for kids, and compiling words of encouragement for the people we are getting ready to meet (and meet again)...

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Myanmar Part 6: Mae La Refugee Camp

We said our goodbyes to Greg Laing (MB Mission), Greg Wiens (Waldheim MB Church), Dave and Louise Sinclair-Peters, Jeremy and Adrienne Penner, Pastor Isaiah, and the rest of the Myanmar ministry team and then headed on to the last leg of our journey in Mae Sot,...

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Myanmar Part 5: Yangon

We had an incredible experience in Rakhine State and then at the Lighthouse Farm, but eventually our long road trip came to a close when we headed back to Yangon. Before I go on and tell you about our time in Yangon, I really do have to say that I was so, so impressed...

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Myanmar 2017: Part 4 – Reconciliation

Lighthouse Farm, Continued! I promised I’d tell you what happened next at the Lighthouse Farm, so here it is! We were blessed to witness some reconciliation from some of the village leaders around the farm. This is such a blessing that will ensure a long, fruitful...

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Myanmar 2017: Part 3 – Lighthouse Farm

Friday we travelled to Lighthouse Farm. I've heard a lot about lighthouse farm over the past couple of years. Cedar Park Church has been there every step of the way from helping to purchase the land to contributing towards the main buildings there, to giving towards...

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Myanmar 2017: Part 2 – Rakhine State

God is doing amazing things in the hearts and homes of people we meet day to day, we need to be the watering cans to make those seeds grow. Just before driving into Rakhine state... We stopped and met a young pastor named Dingwi and the small group of believers in a...

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Finding People of Peace

God is doing amazing things in the hearts and homes of people we meet day to day, we need to be the watering cans to make those seeds grow. I followed a call, and knew it was right to go out of my comfort zone I was an intern at Lighthouse church over the summer. They...

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Myanmar 2017: Part 1 – Arrival

Here is the Cedar Park Team Myanmar! We are so excited to be joining our friends Dave and Louise Sinclair-Peters and the Penners too! Our team has had a quick turnaround having traveled for hours and hours and are all feeling great. We are heading out to Rakhine State...

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Bridge Crossing

My sister, my mom and I flew to St. Louis, Missouri to check out a college she would be attending in the new year. When we picked up our rental car we were advised explicitly not to cross the bridge and head into the 'bad' side of the city. After a few days of...

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Making Peace with our Neighbours

I am, and always have been, a free spirit.  Not really a loner but more of a social butterfly who doesn’t like to be bound by structure. As a child, I roamed our family and neighboring fields with my grubby cousins, sister, and friends. I played in mud puddles, built...

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Responding to Racism

Being married to a journalist, I am not one to jump at the opportunity of sharing my writing publically. However, I believe we benefit and grow as a community when we become vulnerable and share our thoughts and stories with one another and my hope is that others will...

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