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Get a 3 Minute Taste of Urban Life Skills

I hope this video will give you a bigger picture of what it is God has called me and my team to. Enjoy!

Thankful for Prayer

I go through seasons. Seasons of loving what I do and really wanting to hang out with girls and seasons of feeling like I just want to move to the suburbs and get a desk job. In those dry moments I earnestly seek God begging him to give me passion for what He has called me to.

This week has been a season of loving what I do and feeling encouraged. I was thinking about why that was today and God reminded me “Heather, there are people praying for you.” Wow, what an unbelievable blessing that is. I am so grateful.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5

And please continue to pray, God is moving…

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Romans 15:30

Taste of New Life- Karlov

Each year my church blocks off the street and has a “Taste of New Life” where we have church in the street, baptisms, free food, pony rides, games, etc.. Basically we have a carnival for the neighborhood in the street. It’s pretty awesome! This year we are having two “Taste of New Life”, one for each side of the neighborhood. We had one a few weeks ago on the West side. Here is a short video of what went down. I think about 1000 people came through. This Sunday we are having the Taste on the East side. Please pray as the Gospel will be preached and many will have an opportunity to hear the Good News.

The Fourth in Little Village

I wish these videos did justice to what it is like in Little Village on the 4th of July. There are fireworks EVERYWHERE. And when I say everywhere, I mean on like every street corner everywhere.  These are no tiny fireworks, these are like the big city fireworks. And every time one goes off, so does a car alarm. Well I’ll let you get a taste for yourself. In order to truly understand, you will have to come visit.






Baby Shower

Here how some pictures from Tere’s baby shower. Enjoy 🙂



Feeling Insufficient

There always seems like there is more to know. More to learn about counseling, more to learn about substance abuse, more to learn about the court system, more to learn about working in the urban context, more to learn about the Bible and so on and so on. It seems like the list is forever. Therefore, whenever I am presented with a new class to teach or new group of youth to take on, I often feel insufficient, that I don’t know enough or that I will fail. God used the story of Moses approaching Pharaoh in Exodus 4 to really encourage me.

Moses Given Powerful Signs

4 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground

, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow.Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign.If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”

10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then theLord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15  You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16  He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”

God has equipped me and he is faithful. Sometimes, I am the one who needs to stop out and trust God, for in my insufficiency, he is all sufficient.

A Normal Week… huh?

In the last few months, I have had several people ask me what a normal weeks looks like for me.  There really is no such thing as a normal week in ministry. Here are two snap shots of my calendar so you can get a taste of what “normal” looks like 🙂