allume gatherings: part 1

We know that you have been paying  super close attention to all Allume announcements. We also know that many of you have combed through every little detail of the Allume schedule with great anticipation. And we know that some of you have noticed that there is a fun new addition to the schedule this year; something called “Gatherings”. Up until this point we’ve just kinda left you hanging about what exactly these Gatherings are (don’t you just hate when people do that? wink, wink)….

Well today is your lucky day…

Our heart behind the Allume Gatherings is to be able to give you the opportunity to get your hands and knees dirty.  We want to be able to connect your heart with the heart of our Sponsors as they share with you what God is doing in their ministries and companies and how they see His Gospel being spread.  We want to give you the opportunity to participate and connect with them as you search your heart and examine your lives in the area of hospitality, not only online but in your own communities as well.

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Today and tomorrow we are going to introduce you to these amazing Gatherings and Wednesday registered Allume attendees will receive a newsletter (via e-mail) to sign up for Gatherings.  We are so excited we can hardly stand it!!

It’s important to note that you can only sign up for ONE Gathering AND that gatherings are on a first come, first serve basis. SO….you’ll wanna get to signing up first thing Wednesday morning. Slots will fill up fast and slots are limited.

And in the name of not making you wait any longer….we’d like to introduce you to some of the exciting Gatherings we’ve got planned for you…

 

blood:water (Plaza)
Lemonade Stand
Join Blood:Water and make a stand for clean water in Africa… a Lemon:Aid stand that is! We are on a mission to bring an end to the water crisis in Africa. We believe you are the fuel to make that happen. One way you can help is by selling lemonade for Africa at the Gathering or by stopping by and picking up your very own Lemon: Aid stand kit. You can then host your own Lemon:Aid stand in your own community. We can’t wait to see you there! Next time, when life gives you lemons, make a difference!

 

Sole Hope (Magnolia)
Shoe Cutting Party
Want to make a difference in a child’s life today? Dru Collie, the director of Sole Hope, will be sharing stories about living in Uganda while fighting the chigoe flea epidemic which is affecting the lives and livelihood of children in East Africa. We will be cutting up jeans and preparing them to be made into shoes by the Sole Hope Shoe Makers who reside in Uganda. Come empty handed we will have everything ready for you.

 

Preemptive Love (Ballroom G)
Handmade Crafts for Iraqi Children
For children across Iraq, a lifesaving heart surgery doesn’t just mean they get their hearts back – it means they get their childhood back. Join Jeremy and Jessica Courtney, founders of Preemptive Love, and make toys that will help provide essential physical therapy for children inside the hospital and endless smiles and giggles outside the hospital. While you create together, listen to on-the-ground stories that will fill you with hope, faith, and love for the people of Iraq.

 

Seed Company (Prayer Room)
Prayer
The Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12 NLT) and someday we will stand shoulder to shoulder — every tribe and nation — worshipping together before His throne (Revelation 7:9). What about today? How well do we know our eternal neighbors? Local Bible translators need our prayers. Over a billion Bibleless people are missing the full joy of God’s presence without His life-giving Word. Together we will pray that God’s Word would be unfolded in our lives and among the nations, pray for a network of over 800 global partners working together to make God’s Word available in the heart language of every Bibleless people group on Earth. We’ll also get creative making an interactive prayer craft for women at Allume.

 

Check back tomorrow to learn more about the rest of the Gathering opportunities.

Have any questions about Gatherings? Leave it in the comments…

Photo Credit: Kim Deloach

See The Song: It’s Not Just a Love Story

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When it comes to movies, if it isn’t making me laugh or featuring an alien or a car chase, or a funny alien in a car chase, I’m kind of lost.  When I was asked to prescreen a movie called The Song, I had no idea what I was getting into.

Spoiler alert: there are no aliens.

This movie messed me up.  It’s been a week and I’m still kerfuffled.  (Stick with me, because I’m going to tell you why I think you should see it.)

Modern Day Solomon

The movie is about Solomon.

As in, son of King David.

As in, guy who built the temple.

As in, guy who wrote the sexiest words in history, and also the most desolate.

I’ve always puzzled over how someone could write beautiful lines about love and sex to his wife the Shulammite in Song of Solomon, but end up with thousands of wives and concubines writing “Everything is meaningless” is Ecclesiastes.  How does the wisest man in history who loved God end up worshipping false gods?

It’s a puzzle, one that this movie unlocks a little for me.  It’s set in modern day, about a singer named Jed King, son of David King (See what they did there?), who finds his muse in a girl named Rose…from the town of Sharon (Fellow Bible nerds, prepare to geek out about all the parallels between King Solomon and this rock star Jed.).

This Movie Will Churn Stuff Up

The trailer says it’s based on the book Song of Solomon, but it’s also based on the book of Ecclesiastes, because you can’t tell the story of Solomon without both, and I’ve never understood how both could be written by the same man until now.

As soon as I realized who it was about, I saw what was coming, like the first time I saw Titanic. That ship was going to hit that iceberg whether I screamed at the screen or not, and I felt like that as The Song unfolded.

This movie is gritty and unsettling, and I can’t quit thinking about it.  I think it challenges us to a deeper conversation about marriage and sex than the Church has been willing to have, and as it’s tethered directly into scripture, we can’t squirm out of dealing with Solomon’s journey and choices and how relevant they are today.  If you’ve had a marriage that’s struggled or have walked that road with a friend or family member, this movie will churn stuff up.

I don’t watch a lot of dramas or romances, but I love talking about marriage in all its beautiful mess.  Marriage is so freaking hard and we don’t always get everything right and this movie pulls no punches.  Sometimes it’s easier to watch “happily ever after” movies, about the gooey stuff leading up to the marriage, but that leaves us at the beginning of the story.  The Song gives us gooey, but it doesn’t leave us there.  It wades deeper, into the work of relationship with jobs and kids and pressure.

I was ready to run back to my funny aliens and never tell you about it, but the truth is, I can’t get it out of my mind.  You’ll love some of the characters then hate some and we all might have different feelings about them.  I, for one, wish for once in a faith-based movie the God-girl got to be the one covered in tats. 

A New Aspect of Scripture

Tattoo stereotypes aside, though, I really appreciate this modern day look at King Solomon and the ups and downs of his reign.  Art is a terrible preacher, but a tremendous conversationalist.  And this piece of art, this film, reveals an aspect of scripture that’s new to me.  It helps me fathom a wise man in love with his bride and his God, who somehow ends up really far from home.  It’ll make you look at your own marriage and what you’re capable of.

I’m impressed with how well they translated King Solomon into rock star Jed King.  From the verses woven throughout the movie to building the temple, to worshipping false gods, it works.  There’s even a vineyard.  I know nothing about music, but if you’re into the Nashville music scene, there are many instruments with people playing them a lot (Forgive me.  Maybe if aliens were the ones playing the instruments, like in Star Wars….).

Often times we – I, me – criticize faith-based movies for feeling the need to put a bow on everything.  I do that with blog posts, too.  ”Everything is really horrible and hard, but here’s the spiritual lesson I’m learning and how it’s all working out so yay for Jesus.”  The Song doesn’t stick arbitrary bows on things.  I feel like it’s the real deal.

When I realized this movie was a love story, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get into it, but it’s so much more than that.  It’s not just a love story; it’s a life story, one that resonates both in my heart and in the pit of my stomach.  On a gut level, it sinks in and stays with you.

Agghh, go see The Song so I have someone to talk to about it.  Here’s the trailer:


I’m excited to be part of THE SONG Blog Tour. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.

-Melanie Dale

This post was used with permission by Melanie Dale 

speaker interview with Kristen Howerton

The first time I (Logan) ever read Kristen Howerton’s blog, Rage Against the Minivan, she was writing about one of her kids riding a bike through a pile of poop and it slinging backwards off of the wheel and onto her.  I laughed til I cried.  And over the years, Kristen has had me vascillating between laughing and crying whenever I read.  She has a gifted way of asking hard questions and cultivating conversation.  And whether we always agree or disagree doesn’t matter so much as the fact that we can always have honest, open, and thoughtful conversations that respect one another.  She is funny, real, wise, and a gifted communicator.  We are blessed to have both Kristen and her husband Mark (both licensed marriage and family therapists) joining us at Allume this year to talk about Blogging and Marriage.  So please welcome, our friend, Kristen Howerton!

Kristen Howerton
What chore do you despise the most?
I don’t mind loading the dishwasher but I HATE unloading it!

What sound do you love?
My kids making up their own songs

If you could paint a picture of a place you have been what would it be?
Cinque Terre, Italy

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
I would love to play guitar

If you could pick anyone as a mentor who would you pick?
Lynne Hybels

What do you do with 30 minutes of free time?
What’s free time? I don’t understand the question. :)

What would the dream birthday present be?
A trip to a beach somewhere warm.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Not having to take care of anyone or anything

If gifted an all expenses paid vacation to anywhere where would you pick?
Capetown South Africa

If everything in your life aligned exactly as in your dreams, what would your life look like? Where would you live, what would you do?
Honestly, it looks pretty close to how it looks right now . . . being a writer and living near the beach in Southern California. If I could see that beach from my backyard, that’d be cool.

If I was coming to your house for dinner, what would we have?
Chicken with roasted poblano pepper cream

What’s in your purse?
About 3 burts bees lip balms, an ipod cord, some stray receipts, a kids’ necklace, my wallet, my sunglasses, and my phone.

 

Love to know more about Kristen? You can find her here: Website /// Twitter /// Facebook

Hope Made Flesh

Please welcome Project 143 to the blog today!

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Our summer started off THE moment school ended… back-to-back trips followed by a two week mission trip… and yet… here we were… the day had arrived… and we were about to burst wide open with excitement.

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Families from all over the Southeast gathered and shared stories about the faces on their banners. Plans for summer activities were being shared, anxious questions about what to expect were being asked, nails being bitten and hearts stirring… strangers walking by and wondering what all the fuss was about.

All three of my children… also once orphans… wanting to know what the delay was… giddy with hope… bouncing with energy…making plans for forts and races and snacks… yes… snacks. Gotta have good snacks!

Customs. Customs was the hold up and over 20 little orphans were filed in a line in a room we couldn’t see. Their little minds full of questions, hearts racing in their little chests, hands sweating and eyelids getting heavy from the long journey over… over to the unknown… to the families waiting to embrace them with hope and love and opportunities.

I have been a part of these arrivals for over three years now. I call it “holy ground”. There is something holy about hearts embracing in the presence of the One who created them and holds them in His hands. There is something pure and holy about little hearts trusting and simply embracing love… pushing fear aside and just revealing themselves in an instant… in a moment that will never be forgotten.

But this time was different for me. Usually I am the facilitator… calming nerves of others, praying words of encouragement over them, sharing details and timelines. It has been four years since I was a part of this holy wonder as a host family. That particular hosting brought us our daughter, Taylor. It opened our eyes to the mighty bridge hosting creates for older orphans who are mostly overlooked and so sadly forgotten. After that experience, we jumped in with both feet… we joined Project One Forty Three (P143) as volunteers and advocates for orphans.

And here we were again, hosting TWO littles. Our hearts were the ones racing with anticipation. My eyes were the ones peering into the crowd of people exiting international arrivals.

Finally, after what seemed to be way too long… their little yellow and orange hats appeared… bobbing in random fashion… their heads stretching to catch a glimpse of us. And I saw him first… our 8 year old host child. I could not believe how little he was. Then there she was… coming out from behind a taller child… his 7 year old sister… and they took each other’s hands.

Everything in me wanted to run over and scoop them up. But I had to wait for my name to be called. Was I holding my breath? Yes.

Breathe. Breathe.

Then our name was called… permission to run forward. Before my feet could move, their eyes locked with ours and smiles took over their cautious faces. Then she was running. This tiny little girl abandoned and neglected by love… ran to me… embraced me… squeezed me tightly… and would not let go.

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Oh my heart. What have I done? I have entered in. I am on holy ground.

I am almost unaware of anything around me. I hear and feel her breath on my neck. The strength of her little arms wrapped around me catches me off guard. She is holding on… she has entered in… she too is on holy ground.

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I was undone. My heart intertwined with hers. I stood up… and she held on. She didn’t move. She just held on. Her little body fit around me perfectly and I was undone. Her mother left her. Yes. But God has given her a mother for this summer.

And for five weeks I will be Christ’s love to her in every way possible… to her and to her brother. And God will unfold His will… and we will be obedient.

This is hosting. This is love. This is HOPE made flesh. This is Project One Forty Three.

Dawn~

 

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From Bandwagon Blogger to Blog-Trail Blazer

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The most popular girl in school strode past my locker. She carried an air of confidence — the kind that eluded me. I wondered if the mysterious patch on her jeans had anything to do with it. There was something about that triangular patch. You know, the one with the question mark?

Within a few weeks, more girls showed up at school proudly wearing the question mark on their right buttocks. This newfound patch assumed the supposed weight of popularity. But I couldn’t begin to guess why.

Nevertheless, I begged my parents until I too owned a single pair of Guess Jeans. Except they didn’t make me more popular. They didn’t even feel different.

The whole affair struck me as silly. I followed the crowd without knowing why.

Today, I give thanks to God in heaven I’m no longer in high school. It took me awhile, but eventually, I found my own way. And it didn’t involve following the crowd.

Trends, of course, still come and go — whether we’re in high school or not.

In the blogging world, a new trend can permeate the online scene with great force. Blogging gurus inundate us with innovative ideas and vogue plugins. Many of their suggestions are great too. But sometimes the constant tide of new technology leaves us feeling like we’re electronically etched in the dark ages of blogging if we’re not mastering the latest technological gizmo.

For instance, when I visit other blogs, I see a variety of social media icons. They’re usually in the upper right corner of a blog. And they represent the various places we can connect with that blogger.

So when I had my website redesigned earlier this year, I wanted the full plethora of social media icons in the upper right corner of my blog too. Clearly, this was the “in” thing to do. These icons, of course, would need to link with real social media outlets.

So I made a list of blogging goals for 2014:

      • Begin participating in Instagram.
      • Figure out Pinterest.
      • Investigate Tumbler and Linked-In.
      • Upload some videos on You-Tube.
      • Learn how to schedule tweets and Facebook posts on Buffer or Hootesuite.

Across the bottom of my list, I penned my biggest and best goal of all:

      • Hire a virtual assistant who can do all of the above for me.

Well, we’re midway through September, and I’ve done none of the above. Because I had to ask myself:

Why do I feel this pressure
to have an online presence on every social platform?

Am I following the crowd because that’s what trendy blogging looks like?

There’s nothing wrong with participating in any of these social media venues, as long as we’re doing so with a genuine desire to connect with the people there. But I’m afraid my cute little icons in the corner of my blog had become a new patch for me — just like the patch with a question mark that my friends wore in high school.

What’s more, I wondered if my desire to be in every social sphere online was really an attempt to become omnipresent.

Has the Eve-old sin of trying to be like God re-fashioned itself in my generation’s attempt to be in all places at all times?

Only God is omnipresent.

So what’s my real goal here?

After reflecting on my real purpose for writing — to bring glory to God’s name — I decided that I don’t need my name everywhere. I need to be true to who I am. I’m a writer, yes, but I’m also a mom and a full-time English teacher.

As bloggers, we need to invest our time wisely because we are not limitless beings.

I’m comfortable with Twitter and Facebook, so for now, that’s where I’ll connect online.

We all have a unique set of strengths, and the most “successful strategy” for any blogger is to stay true to who we are.

Some bloggers are savvy with social media.
Some bloggers are awesome with affiliates.
Some bloggers are terrific with technology.
Some bloggers have a way with words.

Blogging trends come and go. But who we are — at our core — remains the same. I don’t want to be a bandwagon blogger. I want to be a blog-trail blazer. And the only way to do that is to stay true to who I am.

I no longer run out and buy a new pair of Guess Jeans just because everyone else is buying a pair. I don’t generally follow the blogging masses either. Instead, I stay informed. Sometimes the latest blogging hype is just that. Hype. But sometimes the newest gadget, or widget, is a fantastic feature that enables bloggers to accomplish online feats they never thought possible.

The blogging world doesn’t have to be a re-creation of an old high school soirée, where the “in crowd” knew all the best brands. You and I can make a difference. No matter how big or small our blogs may be. Our voice matters. And a lack of technical expertise or social media experience shouldn’t prevent anyone from starting.

We can master this crazy world of blogging we’ve grown to love. And going to conferences like Allume is the perfect way to get a jumpstart on all things blogging!

I’ll be there. And I’d love to meet you there too.

Which social media venues do you enjoy the most?

 

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Breathing Room

Please give a shout out to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group!

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Hello friends! We had so much fun with you all last year, and we’re thrilled that we get to come back and hang out with you once again at Allume 2014!

We are honored to be an Allume sponsor, coming alongside so many others with a mission to spread the gospel and to encourage and equip the women who attend through community with a purpose. It’s such a blessing to be a part of this conference, to hear the passionate testimonies, to share in the laughter and the tears.

We will be sponsoring lunch this year and are excited to bring you a phenomenal writer and speaker, Leeana Tankersley, author of the upcoming book Breathing Room, who will be sharing her heart for women, especially those who may feel overwhelmed by life—those who secretly struggle and yet put on a brave front. Many of you will relate to her battles with comparison and self-criticism, holding onto pain and hurt much like holding your breath, and will surely learn from Leeana how to exhale and let it go.

We are also excited to share with you that a few other Revell authors will be speaking at some of the sessions at Allume, including Emily Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways; Jessica Turner, author of the upcoming book The Fringe Hours; Amber Haines (soon to be published) and Emily Wierenga, author of the beautiful memoir Atlas Girl from Baker Books.

Don’t forget to stop by our booth and register for some great giveaways!

Many of you are familiar with our blog tour program, but if you are not reviewing for Revell Reads, be sure to check us out at www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/revell/revell-reads.

It’s pretty simple:

  • Sign up and select the categories you’re interested in.
  • Receive email invites for available blog tours.
  • Choose which titles you would like to review.
  • We’ll send out your complimentary copy or send you a NetGalley link for your e-copy.
  • Write an original review within the blog tour dates and post to your blog and at least one consumer website.
  • Submit your link to Revell Reads.

We hope to see you at Allume!

-Revell

Groove and Praise? Yeah, We Got This

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Welcome to Shazzy Fitness!!

Years ago, long before the age of Zumba, I used to drive around Atlanta, following my favorite hip-hop dance instructors. For someone who is “rhythmically-challenged”, there is an indescribable feeling of a sort of…well…euphoria …when you find a dance class, with a teacher you can actually follow and most importantly, with music that makes you wanna move.

And once you found that class – it changed from being a “workout” to more of a hobby of sorts. Something you did, that you loved, that you wanted to get better at. Something that you would plan your week around and that made you smile when you thought about it.

And for that entire 55 minutes of grapevines and squares and single, single doubles, you were lost in the dream of being the dancer you had always longed to be.

In reality of course, I was still oh so average. Yeah, I could follow the mechanics (given several months of study & practice) but I never had the “flow”. That natural grace and beauty that’s inherent to every natural born dancer. It was during that time that I started to ponder the passion I felt for the “process” – the music, the instructor, the moves – and how that passion might be channeled in other ways.

Fast forward about 10 years. Zumba is all the rage, everybody’s doing it. Hip-hop dance classes are still popular and offered in countless classes around the city. I decide to try a few classes. For some reason (maybe cause I’m a mom now?), I am much more aware of the moves and the lyrics. Have they always been this suggestive? …this explicit? … this well… denigrating?

Does it have to be this way? Can’t we have dance and have fun and have music that we actually like and wanna dance to? And could that music be inspiring and uplifting and spirit-filled, without being too preachy or worse, lame?

That part gets most people. Is it really ok for Christians to dance? Ok for us to have fun? And with Christian music you say? Answer: YES we can. YES it is ok. YES! YES! YES!

Don’t believe me? Check out who we are and what we do.


http://youtu.be/3KuDpQo6tkw

I am a woman of faith. I am a wife and I am a mom. I remain a very reluctant entrepreneur still trying to figure this whole thing out.

Shazzy Fitness is for us. It’s for your best friend and your mother and yes, your grandmother. It’s high-energy, calorie-burning, easy-to-follow and yet still for all ages and all fitness levels. It will touch your soul and ignite your spirit. And best of all, you will have FUN. I promise!

I really hope to see you at our Gathering. And if I don’t see you, please come find me, and let me know what you think of our Youtube video.

I’ll be the one with the bright smile and hugging everybody I meet.

Giveaway

Shazzy Fitness is  ​looking for enthusiastic affiliates to help spread messages of fun, faith and fitness through the holiday season and into the New Year.  Sign up for our affiliate program AND our Gathering by October 14th and get entered to win a $50 gift card! Winner and gift card will be awarded at the Gathering – must be present to win! Click here to sign up for our affiliate program and earn 40% through January 31, 2015!

Gathering

“SHAPE what the Father gave ya”
Shazzy Fitness is a fun, easy-to-learn dance fitness program that fuses hip-hop dance moves with the hottest Christian hip-hop music. Our family-friendly moves + Christian dance music are perfect for moms and kids, plus it’s easy-to-learn  – even if you’ve never danced before!
Join this AWESOME hip-hop dance party as lead choreographer Apollo shows step-by-step how to do the dance moves from from the hit DVD “Shazzy Fitness: A Time to Dance”.
um…did we mention door prizes? :)
​We think we have the best Christian hip-hop dance workout on the planet :)

Check out a sample of our moves and the music at

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Kristy McCarley

CEO, Shazzy Fitness

www.ShazzyFitness.com

speaker interview with ashley & jamin mills

He’s tall and thoughtful, she’s short and spunky, and together they are just quite honestly a super cute couple!  Ashley and Jamin Mills have always loved creating things together, and so after years of working on their home and sharing projects on Ashley’s blog, The Handmade Home, it’s became clear that this blogging thing wasn’t just for Ashley, but for their whole family.  So Jamin quit his day job and now they are living, working, and creating together full time!  They are the family we’d all love to have next door and we are thrilled to pieces to have them join us to share more about their journey into full-time blogging this fall at Allume.  You’re going to love them if you don’t already…we most certainly do!  Please enjoy getting to know Ashley and Jamin Mills!

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When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor?

When we both rolled our other neighbor’s house.

If you could only do one thing for a whole year what would you want it to be?

Dance like an octopus.

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We tried to learn it on a cruise and failed miserably.

What do you do with 30 minutes of free time?

Wrestle an alligator.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Wait. What? We have to grow up?

 If gifted an all expenses paid vacation to anywhere where would you pick?

Ashley: Italy. The shoes. The art. The food. How can you lose?
Jamin: Tahiti. The diving. The ocean. The hammocks. Catch ya on the flip side.

What’s in your purse?

Ashley: My wallet, a bunch of misplaced receipts, and half eaten snacks from our kids. Maybe a couple of ants. Jamin’s purse is more organized than mine.

 

Head on over to get to know this hilarious and delightful couple a little better :: Website /// Twitter /// Facebook

speaker interview with jessica turner

Jessica Turner is the mastermind behind her blog The Mom Creative.  She plans parties, writes blogs, scrapbooks, makes a living on her blog, is mom to 2 littles with one on the way, AND she holds down a full time job.  Seriously, I’m tired even after just writing all of that.  She is amazing, and is bringing her spirit and knowledge to share with us at Allume this year. For real, put your hands together…this woman is incredible!

Jessica Turner - Allume 2014

What was your favorite food as a kid?
My mom’s homemade lasagna. It’s still a favorite today!

What chore do you despise the most?
There are too many to list!

When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor?
This past weekend.

If you could only do one things for a whole year what would you want it to be?
I would love to spend a year traveling the world. I have not had many opportunities to travel outside the country and dream of seeing more of God’s beautiful creation.

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
I’d love to learn how to do mosaic tile or painting.

If I was coming to your house for dinner, what would we have? 
Something that I made in the crock pot because it is my favorite! Probably red wine pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, salad and bread.

What are your 5 favorite books?
I love fiction. A few favorites: The Light Between Oceans, City of Dreams, Someone Knows My Name, The Orphans of Race Point and The Shoemaker’s Wife.

 

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End Bible Poverty With The Seed Company

God’s Word is life-giving. By it the oppressed are liberated, the lost are reconciled. His Word makes a tangible, daily difference in our lives. His Word changed my life. tea_and_bible   Not having access to the Bible is a hard-to-grasp concept, right? Bibles are everywhere. In libraries and bookstores. Church pews and hotel nightstands. Tucked away in the backseats of our cars. But around the world? There are 1 billion people who don’t have His Word in the language they understand best. That’s why I joined the Bible translation movement. I didn’t move off to some unknown land. Just a cubicle surrounded by everyday office artifacts. Laptops. Printers. And books. Piles of books. I walked by those books everyday. Never giving them a thought. Why? Because I couldn’t read them in the language I know best. To me, they were just piles of books with foreign titles. Meaningless. Those books were Bibles. Can you imagine? There I was, working to #endbiblepoverty and completely ignorant to the nearness of God’s Word. Likewise, there are 1 billion people who pass by piles of English Bibles and Hindi Bibles and Spanish Bibles because they can’t read them. Africa_113 copy   It’s an injustice we can change. That’s why we are coming to Allume. We know you can help people experience life transformation. People like the Angika and Quechua and Tetun Belu. And a billion more. It starts with prayer. Prayer illuminates the way forward. For all of us. Join us in the Prayer Room at Allume and let’s pray for each other. And then let’s pray for the nations. Tetun Belu_2012_06 copy   The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14 MSG).@justmarilynn, staff @theseedcompany