Christmas Trip to Mexican Orphanage

Yesterday was an amazing day in which I, Jesse, helped lead a team of 48 volunteers across the Mexican border to an orphanage, Casa Hogar Belen, in Tijuana, Mexico! We brought with us numerous gifts, clothing, backpacks, needed supplies, and lots of love! It was amazing and beautiful to see all the volunteers pour outContinue reading “Christmas Trip to Mexican Orphanage”

An Orphaned Child’s Perspective at Christmas

I went to a conference when I was in college and heard the following story shared there. The author of the story is unknown, but the power and impact of the story was incredible. Not having a family or home myself, and knowing the intense longing for such, this story struck a chord within myContinue reading “An Orphaned Child’s Perspective at Christmas”

Holiday Hopes, Heights, Happiness, and… hurts.

Depending on where you are, it seems the winter season has started settling in. Christmas music in the supermarkets and coffee shops, in some places there is snow on the trees and roads, people have begun bundling up  a bit more. With these changes comes a shift in mood for most as well. For manyContinue reading “Holiday Hopes, Heights, Happiness, and… hurts.”

Thankfulness… Thank You! Thanksgiving 2012

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Thank You… two very powerful and important words that are too infrequently shared. What and who are you thankful for today? This year I have intentionally been focusing the month of November as aContinue reading “Thankfulness… Thank You! Thanksgiving 2012”

Building New Homes – The Hope of the Future

Home… What does that word mean to you? Is it a special house, a special town, a season, a place to be comfortable and relax, a place to raise the kids and rear them in the Lord, a place to get away from the craziness of this world, a place to be with your loverContinue reading “Building New Homes – The Hope of the Future”

Never A Bad Day… Attitude of Gratitude.

I know this blog may smack of idealism or fanatical fantasy to some, but it has been a burden on my heart to post this… I have NEVER had a bad day. Bad moments, yes. Bad circumstances, yes. Bad day, NO! Having lived through immense abuse and deprivation throughout my first thirteen years of life,Continue reading “Never A Bad Day… Attitude of Gratitude.”

Birthdays and Holidays

Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday dear _________, Happy Birthday to YOU!! How many of you have enjoyed this song sung to you by friends, family, and loved ones on that special day of your birth? Its a nice feeling to be appreciated and celebrated. Its nice having people around usContinue reading “Birthdays and Holidays”

Kingdom of Heaven… Let’s have an impact NOW!!

Matthew 19:13-15 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When heContinue reading “Kingdom of Heaven… Let’s have an impact NOW!!”

Love them… just love them!!

While I am just in the beginnings of getting Abogar International Ministries official and legally recognized and accepted as a 501 c 3 tax-exempt non-profit organization, I have been trying to discern what I can do and how I can be most effective in impacting the lives of these orphaned children throughout Latin America. IContinue reading “Love them… just love them!!”

Foundational Steps to Building for the Kingdom…

Is your radio blaring, t.v. yapping at you, cellphone ringing, ipad distracting, or facebook poking, twitter-pating, or one of the other million distractions we have created begging for your attention right now while you try reading my blog? We live in a day and age, at least in the industrialized, modernized, commercialized, technologically advanced societiesContinue reading “Foundational Steps to Building for the Kingdom…”

Ecuador time… Some reflections…

Being here in Ecuador is an amazing experience, and I am so blessed by the presence, promises, and faithfulness of God in each moment that I am here! While back in my home country of the United States we find ourselves to be very time oriented… often needing to be punctual or early to maintainContinue reading “Ecuador time… Some reflections…”