Archive for April, 2008

Bow Memorial School Walk-A-Thon

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking to the students over at Bow Memorial School.  The students at BMS do a walk-a-thon every year and thanks to one particular student, who attends Impact and believes that he CAN change the world, Rwanda Clean Water was the global beneficiary of the walk-a-thon.  I was able to speak to the students about the urgent need to get wells drilled in Rwanda.  Here are some stats:

  • Of all the renewable water available in Africa each year, only 4% is used – because most Africans lack needed wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs and other irrigation systems
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children worldwide than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II
  • Twelve million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 3 million who die from waterborne diseases
  • Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation

By drilling clean water wells in Rwanda we can change that.  BMS students played an incredible role in making it possible to drill a well.  The students at BMS raised $5,000.00 through their efforts in the annual walk-a-thon!  I am amazed and in awe of what young people can do when they catch the life saving vision of providing clean water wells for people in Rwanda.

Each clean water well that is drilled costs $10,000.00 – we are half-way to drilling well #2.  Only 198 wells left to drill.  What part can you play in making it possible?

Baptism Excitement!

This past Sunday Pastor Peter shared about our upcoming baptism service here at GCC.  The response so far is incredible.  This is what we have been praying for!  At this point we have over 60 people who are set to be baptized on May 25th.  

Every time we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit we are amazed at God’s faithfulness.  There is such a sense of awe for what God is doing in this region.  I am counting down the days for our baptism celebration.  This will be more than a dunk tank – this will be a PARTY!

If you didn’t get a chance to sign up this past Sunday we will be giving another opportunity at Impact tomorrow for the youth and this coming Sunday for everyone.  

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Check it!  Lots of video content, direct access to our online directory, cell groups, resources galore, info on ministries.  One Stop shopping for everyone! 

Who Am I?

Just took one of those online personality tests.  Apparently I am:

  • slightly expressed extravert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • distinctively expressed feeling personality
  • very expressed judging personality

Good news is I am in good company.  Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan & King David!

Everything Is Spiritual

We had a fantastic night at Impact last night.  Being that this is school vacation week I decided to show Rob Bell’s teaching, “Everything is Spiritual”.  The time that we spent after watching this film was incredible.  The youth not only connected with the deeper ties of science and faith, but they actually were inspired to understand more of the reasons why they believe what they believe.  Here’s a snippet of the teaching:

You can grab a copy of this online at nooma.com or swing by the Bible Bookstore in Concord and support your local bookstore.

Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed

Went to Hooksett last night to see “Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed”, a new movie/documentary by Ben Stein.  The premise of the movie is that any scientist that is a proponent of Intelligent Design is being ousted by the scientific community.  He built a case in the first part of the movie for this argument by interviewing many professors who had lost their jobs because of an alignment with ID.  While informative, this portion of the film could have been cut down by half. (I say this because I was one of 7 people in the theater and I believe that I was the most interested person of these interviews)  Ben continues along by interviewing scientists that hold to the Darwinian school of thought and does a good job of showing that they have very few answers about our origin.

Essentially the film was created to stir up the feathers of those who don’t ascribe to Intelligent Design. Ben created this film out of his own passion to inform the general public of the censorship that is occurring in the scientific community and his outrage for what is happening to the process of ideas.  

Throughout the film there were references to the Berlin wall being built to separate and then keep out ideologies that did not fit with the governing beliefs.  The film took a turn of personal emotion for Ben when he viewed and toured the Nazi concentration camps where hundreds of thousands of Jews were tortured and killed.  The connection of Darwinian thought was tied together with Nazism – with the disclaimer that not all Darwinian thought leads to Nazism.  

The film ended with an intriguing interview with Richard Dawkins, who believes it is his mission in life to root out the belief in God from all people.  There was a point in the interview where even Dawkins made the statement that the first cell to be created may have been catalyzed by another previous culture.  YEs, we evolved and it all began at the hands of an alien – who he then went on to clarify as a Darwinian evolved culture as well.  (felt a bit like we were running in circles)

Overall, I found the film fascinating but slow to develop and could have been cut down to half the length.  It did do a great job in showing the vast chasm that must be crossed in our schools when the issue of Creation or Intelligent Design comes up.  We as parents need to do all that we can to learn and teach our children about Creation because the schools will continue to teach Evolution only to the students.  As I sat in the theater with 6 other people (4 of them youth from Impact) I felt their frustration for paying $9.00 to hear a lecture during their school vacation.  I think at least one of them wanted to sneak out across the hall and catch Prom Night…

Belated Birthday Dinner

The girls and I took Kim out for dinner last night.  It was the “birthday girl” choice so Olive Garden was our destination.  What a fun night!  Makenna was extra funny and became our dinner entertainment.  Being that Olive Garden is an Italian place they had random Italian songs playing over the sound system.  Makenna decided that it was her job to lip sync the songs to us using a crayon for a microphone.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my youngest daughter embrace Frank Sinatra tunes!  She is quite a ham when she wants to be.  We must have really bothered the other people sitting in our section because all that we did throughout our meal was laugh.

God, thank you for my funny family.  May we always be able to laugh together!

Twombly Family Farmhouse

We made the trek up to my grandparents farm yesterday.  Our goal was to recover some of the barn boards to use to cover the beam in our existing house.  Over the past 6 years I have romanticized the idea of having some of the family history from a 275 year old barn brought into my house.  Those hopes and dreams came crashing down yesterday when I discovered that many of the planks in the barn that could have been used would only work if the beam in my house was as twisted as the old barn that the boards would be coming from.  The years have not been good to the family farm.  My grandfather passed away a few years ago and in his absence the farmhouse and barn have seen much better days.

It was a bit of a rude awakening for me to see the farm in the condition that it is in.  This is the place that I spent many summers as I was growing up.  The tractor that I learned how to drive on is still in the barn – while very much more rust exists on it than did when I used to drive it through the hay fields it still holds the happy memories of the freedom of a 12 year old driving.  I was saddened to see the status of the barn.  Back when the barn was built there was no thought of a foundation and so over the past 275 years the ground below the barn has given way to the elements and the back corner of the barn is actually sagging quite a bit.  I am quite concerned that if nothing is done in the next couple of years the old barn will give way to the heavy winter snow loads and the barn will be no more.

Kim and the girls had fun exploring the contents of the old barn and looking at where the cattle and hens used to be kept.  It was very reminiscent for me to walk through the fields and be in the farmhouse.  While it appears to be much smaller of a place than it did in my younger years it is still full of warm memories of family and fun and the togetherness that we all experienced during the harvest and hay seasons.  There was always work to be done at the farmhouse and I cherish the times that I had at the farm.  I attribute much of the work ethic that I have now to the hard work that I learned to do under the guidance of my grandparents.

While we can’t hold onto the past the way I wish I could – I would love to have the means to refinish the old place and get it all back in working order – I can hold onto the memories and look at all that I learned through my time there.  There is a real simplicity of life that comes from working the land.  While it’s not easy, it is very rewarding and refreshing.  On days when I feel overwhelmed by the pace of life and the stress of the office I think back and sometimes long for a hard days work on the farm.

One thing that I got a kick out of.  Change doesn’t come to the farm all that quickly.  When I was about 16 I stuck a sticker from my skateboarding phase onto a window of the garage door.  It’s still there, just a little faded from about 20 years of weathering…

Overall the trip was great.  Kim found a few small treasures around the barn that she is able to use to make our home look more “old” and the girls got to see where their daddy enjoyed his summers.  We didn’t get any wood for our beam but we did have a great time together.  I think that is what I always enjoyed about the farm anyway – togetherness.

May you all find the time to be with your families.  May you be refreshed by togetherness and may you do this as often as you can!

Guess who’s 36?

Yup! It’s my beautiful wife. Pancakes for breakfast this morning and now a long drive to Maine with the girls…

Catching Up

I’m realizing that the last many posts have all been videos and links to other peoples lives.  This has been a busy couple of weeks.  Busy but good…  I have had some great times with my family the past couple days.  We have been enjoying the warming weather and going out after dinner for short walks.  I love Springtime in NH!

Soon all the snow will be melted, winter will be a memory and we will be complaining about the heat of summer.  Why can we never be satisfied?  I’m headed up to Maine to my grandparents farm tomorrow for a recon mission.  I have been talking about finishing the beam that spans my house and there is some amazing barn-board in the old barn that is somewhere around 250 years old.  I would love to bring that kind of history into my house!  2 hours in a vehicle with my kids each way.  I bet I’ll know every song on the High School Musical soundtrack by the end of the day…  I tell them that I can’t stand the songs but man, are they catchy!  I love the fact that I can drive them crazy by singing along with their songs.