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Dominican Republic: Morning of Departure

Posted by on 14 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff.

As I type this, it’s 3:49 a.m. on Saturday morning. In just under an hour, I’ll depart from New Hope and head to the airport.
Today we’ll fly from Fort Wayne to Dallas, Dallas to Miami, and then Miami to Puerto Plata, RD.

Especially keep me in your prayers for my health. I’ve been battling a sore throat and stuffy nose, which I am pretty sure is allergies, so hopefully these symptoms go *POOF* when we land in the Dominican.

Not sure what kind of Internet connectivity and availability we’ll find there. I’ll post updates on our trip as I’m able.

Soon Up: Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic

Posted by on 04 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff.

On February 15 14, I’ll depart for a 9-day excursion to the Dominican Republic, where my team of four (C, Keith, Darlene and myself) will work to envision the local church leaders about missions.
We will talk to the children in the church about our unreached peoples group (a distinct group of people who have no churches among them), and excite them in song and spirit about the children who are living around the world from them.

Later in the week, we will be at a pastors conference for a group of Dominican churches. We have heard there are at least three churches very interested in our missionary efforts to the unreached peoples group.
Interesting side note: One of our current missionaries working among our people group is a Dominican!

Through the week, I am also going to use my computer expertise to fix a Toshiba laptop computer (parts are already ordered for it), and also brainstorm about their website. We also think we may be doing some finish construction work on a training center, but we’re unsure exactly what we’ll be doing there. All we know is we’re there to serve and do whatever is asked of us!

I’m going to miss my wife tons and tons and tons while I’m gone for these 8 days, but it’s all worth it to see our unreached peoples group find the knowledge of Jesus as their savior!

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to update while we’re there, but I’ll be twittering all I can and also updating the blog if Internet allows.
my twitter

My Dad’s News

Posted by on 08 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: New Hope stuff.

In case you missed the news, my dad has prostate cancer.

He is living out what he’s been preaching for years, and we are encouraging you to follow his bodily fight on his blog at

My dad has always lived out what he preaches. The man you see on the weekend preaching is the same man he always was at home, even when he’d hit his finger with a hammer.
A very consistent man, my dad is.
Even through a trial that may seem huge, he’s consistent.

I’m excited about him allowing you a glimpse into what is going on in his life through the next couple of months on his blog with great transparency.
At this time, we do not have a date on when the prostate removal procedure will take place, but check his blog regularly for daily updates.
We continue to appreciate your prayers!

Really BIG News

Posted by on 06 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff.

If you weren’t at New Hope this past weekend, I encourage you to listen to my dad’s message.

Then, be sure you read up on what’s up at
(And I recommend you keep checking, as Dad will post daily updates.)

India Persecution Update

Posted by on 24 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff., thoughts on church, thoughts on god., thoughts on life.

This Email was received from our missionary in India.
The missionary is currently stateside, while his wife and children are still in India.

Have you spent time considering what it would be like to be a Christian which persecution like this? Please keep our Christian brothers and sisters in India in your prayers and thoughts.


How would you fare if you were thrust into such a life?
How would the church fare?
How would your faith fare?
How would Jesus fare?

Right NOW, on the other side of the world…

Posted by on 27 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: New Hope stuff.

Have you ever wondered about what was happening on the other side of the world?

Here’s a report from one of New Hope’s missionaries in India of what is happening over there right NOW:
1) NUN BURNT ALIVE: A nun was burnt to death on 25th, Monday, after an orphanage was torched in at Phutpali in Bargarh district in Orissa during a bandh called by Hindu nationalist parties.Twenty children, who were at the orphanage, managed to escape but a priest suffered serious burn injuries in the attack.

2) RASANANDA PRADHAN TORCHED ALIVE: Another person, Rasananda Pradhan, was burnt to death when his house was set ablaze at Rupa village in Kandhamal district.

3) INFLAMMATORY SPEECHES TARGET CHRISTIANS: During the bandh inflammatory speeches spreading hatred against the Christian workers and the community were given by the VHP leaders. To gain the mass support,the activists have also carried the body of Swamiji throughout the town.

4) CHURCHES BURNT ALL ACROSS ORISSA STATE: Churches were attacked in Khurda, Bargarh, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Kandhamal districts as also in the state capital, police sources said, adding 40 houses were set ablaze in Phulbani town.

5) BUSES AND VEHICLES TORCHED: Mr. Mishra Digal was beaten up, while the motorcycles of Mr. R. K. Digal and Jitendra were burnt. Several buses at Gee Udaigiri in Baliguda were burnt.

6) PULBANI CHURCH RANSACKED: The Church at Phulbani,and several other churches at Phiringia were attacked and ransacked. Pastor D. Tatson’s house was vandalized and his property burnt.

7) KAKRIGUMA CHURCHES VANDALISED: Churches in Kakriguma have been targeted by the mob that reportedly damaged the Assembly Of God Church and the Philadelphia Church .

8 ) WORLD VISION STAFF FLED FOR SAFETY: World Vision India office ransacked and the Staff has also fled to jungle for protection.

9) CHRISTIANS TAKE SHELTER IN FOREST FOR PROTECTION: A police camp at Barakhama was also attacked by the Hindu fundamentalists. With several houses being burnt down and people being made homeless, many Christians,particularly from Nua Sahi, Munda Sahi and Suna Tonga have fled into forests for their lives.

10) NUN RAPED: A young Catholic Nun of the Cuttack Bhubaneswar diocese working Jan Vikas Kendra, the Social Service Centre at Nuagaon in Kandhamal was reportedly gang raped on 24th August 2008 by groups of Hindutva extremists before the building itself was destroyed.

11) SENIOR PRIEST AND NUN INJURED: Fr Thomas, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Kanjimendi, less than a kilometer away from the Social Service Centre, and another Nun were injured when the centre was attacked. They were taken to the police station in a disheveled state as the armed mob bayed for their blood. The Pastoral centre was then set afire.

12) BALLIGUDA CHURCH BUILDINGS DESTROYED AGAIN: On 24th August 2008 evening lynch mobs at the block headquarters of Balliguda, in the very heart of Kandhamal district, which had seen much violence between 24th and 26th December 2007, attacked and destroyed a Presbytery, convent and hostel damaging the properties.

13) CHRISTIAN BOYS HEADS TONSURED: The mobs in Balliguda caught hold of two boys of the Catholic hostel and tonsured their heads.

14) PHULBANI CHURCH DAMAGED: On 25th august 2008 morning followers of the late Lakshmanananda Saraswati damaged the Catholic Church in Phulbani, the district headquarter town.

15) MOTHER TERESA BROTHERS ASHRAM ATTACKED: Mobs attacked the Mother Teresa Brothers’ residence and hospital in Srasanada, destroyed once before and rebuilt two months ago, and beat up the patients.

16) BHUBANESWAR BISHOP’S HOUSE ATTACKED: On the morning of 25th August 2008, violent mobs made several attempts to enter the compounds of Catholic Church and Archbishop’s house in the heart of the Capital of the State of Orissa . They could not enter because of the police presence. They threw stones at the guesthouse of Archbishop’s House, damaging windows.

17) DUBURI PARISH: Another group of fundamentalists entered presbytery in Duburi parish, managed by the SVDs and destroyed and damaged property. Two priests of the parish are missing.

18) Mr. Jamaj Pariccha, Director of Gramya Pragati, is attacked and his property damaged, vehicle looted and burnt.

19) A Baptist Church in Akamra Jila in Bhubaneswar is also damaged.

20) Christian institutions like St. Arnold’s School (Kalinga Bihar) and NISWASS report some damage.

21) BOUDH DISTRICT [Adjoining Kandhamal]: Fundamentalists enter the Catholic parish church and destroy property. People are fleeing to safer places. But nothing seems safe.

22) MUNIGUDA: Muniguda Catholic Fathers and Nuns’ residence have been damaged.

23) SAMBALPUR: HM Sister’s residence (Ainthapalli) has suffered damage.

24) PADANPUR: One priest is attacked and admitted to a hospital. Hostel boys and the in charge have moved away from the place.

25) MADHUPUR: Madhupur Catholic Church currently under attack.

26) SMALL CHURCHES: Attempted violence on small churches in various districts, including Padampur, Sambalpur near GM College, Talsera, Dangsoroda, Narayanipatara, Muniguda, Tummiibandh, Tangrapada, Phulbani, Balliguda, Kalingia, Chakapad, Srasanranda.

27) VILLAGE CHRISTIAN HOUSES ATTACKED: Houses attacked on forest hamlets of Balliguda, Kanjamandi Nuaguam (K.Nuaguam), Tiangia (G.Udayagiri), Padangiri, Tikabali.

28) KALAHANDI DISTRICT: Houses burnt even though the district is more than 300 kilometers from the place where Swami Lakshmanananda was killed.

29) PASTORS’ HOUSE BURNT: Pastor Sikandar Singh of the Pentecostal Mission beaten up and his house burnt in Bhawanipatna.

30) KHARIHAR: 3 Christian shops were looted and burnt. Pastor Alok Das and Pastor I M Senapati beaten up.

31) AAMPANI: Pastor David Diamond Pahar, Pastor Pravin Ship, Pastor Pradhan and Pastor Barik beaten up and chased away with their families.

32) NAKTIKANI: Mob surrounds village to attack Christians.

Think you have it rough? How would you like to live like this?
Pray, my friends, pray.

Where We Come From (Win a Free Cup of Coffee)

Posted by on 17 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: New Hope stuff.

(Read on for your chance to win a cup of coffee.)
New Hope has people coming from all over the Northeast Indiana Region. Gearing up for our 2008 Annual Business Meeting next week, we crunched numbers, looking at where our regular and occasional families come from. The attached pie graph is a break-down of cities in our region where New Hope people reside.
Interestingly, we have people coming from a greater eight-county region.
This pie graph shows the six highest attended towns (Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Teal, Orange), and then ‘other’ directional regions (Other North, Other East, Other South and Other West), (light blue, pink, light green and light purple).

So here’s your task. Guess what city/town represents these in order…
1 (Blue):
2 (Red):
3 (Green):
4 (Purple):
5 (Teal):
6 (Orange):
First people to get all six of these correct, in order, wins a free cup of coffee at your choice of local coffeeshops.

Here are some ideas for you to guess (in alphabetical order): Angola, Ashley, Auburn, Butler, Corunna, Fremont, Garrett, Hamilton, Hudson, Kendallville, Waterloo. (All six are listed here.)

Here’s your chance to win a cup of coffee: The first person to correctly guess the no. seven community gets a free cup of coffee at your choice of area shops. (You also have to guess the first six, too! (although not necessarily correctly) ). HINT: Seven Families come from the no. Seven community!

One Guess per contest per person.
Both contests end at noon EDT on Wednesday, July 23.

What I’ve been Coding Lately…

Posted by on 25 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff., Tech Stuff.

Through the launch of the new website, I needed to hack several site addons to make them validate code properly.
One of them was the Content 1pixeloutplayer port for Joomla!.

The fix was adopted and was part of the new minor release which was released this morning. Check it out (I even got mentioned in this link!)

The Joy of Quietness

Posted by on 19 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff., random.

This week has been especially quiet around the office. One pastor is on vacation, another is out of the country, and another is at school this week. One of our secretaries is on vacation, and one guy on maintenance wasn’t feel week the beginning of this week.
So it’s been really quiet this week. The quietness has allowed me to have extended periods of uninterrupted time, which I’ve been able to dive deep into coding issues I didn’t think I would be able to get some of the coding completed for several weeks–possibly months.

This week’s experience has reminded me how much I enjoy quietness. I’m by no means anti-social, it’s just that in the quiet times, I can accomplish so much more than when it’s busy and I get asked questions every 10 minutes or so.

How much more rewarding are our quiet times when we spend uninterrupted time with God, eh?


Posted by on 17 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff., random., Tech Stuff.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I recently launched a new website.
It has been a lot of work, but it’s been all worth it.

One of the reasons it’s been a lot of work is that I have placed an extreme importance on valid page code. This means, my desire is to have the website 100% standards-compliant.
This is not always (ever) an easy thing to do, but for someone who is blind, this is imperative.

Target got sued by a blind person because the blind person can’t use their site. (Just look at the validation report!). Check out‘s validation report.

I’ve found that most companies–even web companies who produce products for the web really don’t care much about validation. completely validates, except for our calendar integration, which we have no control over the code. I’m still deciding what to do with this. There are work-arounds, just not easy ones, but perhaps some day…

So why is this important?
Do you think spending extra time on valid code is important, or does it not really matter?

This Weekend Will be Off the Hook!

Posted by on 11 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: my life., New Hope stuff.

I’m really geeked up about this weekend’s message, Make Us One.
Don’t miss this guys, seriously. Come to any of the three services, Saturday at 6, Sunday at 9 & 10:30. I’ll be at the 9 on Sunday, if you want to say hey!

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