February 12, 2016


Recently I attended The Bridges training, put on by The Crescent Project.  The goal of the 6 hour, 6 session workshop was to teach about Islam and prepare the attendees to better understand the culture of the Muslims who currently live here in the United States, our n...

January 27, 2016


We have a 2 year old in the house that is very normal. As you can see, she is very proud of her own fashion design, even if the rest of the world does not agree with her sense of style. The 2 year old in my house makes me take a deep breath and realize that life and d...

January 15, 2016


My great-grandfathers farmed with oxen using yokes to pull wagons, plows and other machines. We had an old yoke on the family farm and it stirred the imagination of me, my siblings and my cousins. My dad can remember helping Pappy hitch the mules to equipment or a wa...

January 5, 2016


You are able to change lives by getting involved with people in your own world. While Mission Resource International is focused on reducing poverty in Africa, the United States and other developing countries are seeing poverty rates dramatically increase. Working with...

December 29, 2015


After I finished undergraduate studies I wanted to become an expert in the philosophical and sociological changes from modernism. Dr. Mike Pabarcus, a teacher, mentor and friend made a statement and asked one big question that went something like this. “Jared, other p...

December 22, 2015

When you give $25 to the Mission Resource Revolving Loan Fund, lots of change happens.


Your $25 is collected and bundled with other donated dollars in an electronic blanket and wired to Africa. At the bank, your donation is converted into a local currency. Emmanuel Alk...

December 16, 2015



I was painting our windows and my soon-to-be 9 year old son began a discussion about how people love money now more than in the past. From his perspective, people today desire money and things more than they did in the past. We rambled back and forth about how people...

November 10, 2015


People without many choices are often the most resourceful people.  I was talking about cassava with a college class and the many choices it gives to the people who grow it.  For those of you who don't know cassava, it is a tuber bearing plant with green leaves that...

October 8, 2015

Every person, every family, every community has a unique story that fits in a larger narrative.  Each community is unique because of the people who formed it, its location in nature, the internal and external power structures that exist and many other variables.  One o...

October 6, 2015


“No, I Do It!!!”  rings through the house again from another two year old declaring independence.  Without any training, prompting or coaching each of our children discovered a love for doing things by themselves.  The parental high wire act strung between correcting...

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