The Hope of Political Discourse

The Hope of Political Discourse

Pictured above: Sameerah Siddiqui and Vernon Burger    I recently went to Washington DC in order to take part in some congressional meetings that allowed me to talk about the ways HVG helps to defend the cause of vulnerable women and children. One of the areas we...
Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

“Spiritual awakening is learning to see all things through the eyes of God.” (David Benner) When we pray for an awakening, this is not some type of abstract thinking. Ultimately, what we are after is to see life how God sees life and then to live the love He empowers...
Presence: The Great Power In Peacemaking

Presence: The Great Power In Peacemaking

We have continued to be involved with peacemaking in South Sudan and have experienced some great successes. One of the most recent victories came from carrying out peacemaking in a state called Gogrial. We found out that after the peace dialogues over 3,000 guns were...
Everyday Resurrection

Everyday Resurrection

We are invited to not only celebrate Easter on one Sunday a year, but the invitation is to learn how to continually express the hope of resurrection in our every day lives. The focus of HVG is to partner with community leaders in order to empower vulnerable women and...
The Hope of Tribes

The Hope of Tribes

There is great hope that can be experienced and expressed in a tribe. It is this sense of tribe that has power to root us into a community, while learning to appreciate and encourage the diversity of another tribe. Especially during the peacemaking discussions in...
Rhythms of Prayer

Rhythms of Prayer

Ruth Haley Barton says, “You would be surprised what your soul wants to say to God. You would be surprised what God wants to say to your soul.” It is this type of freedom in prayer we must dedicate ourselves to exploring. Prayer is well understood as “being present to...
Am I Good Enough?

Am I Good Enough?

  “Through no merit of ours but my His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the good news, the gospel of grace.” Brennen Manning Last November we completed six weeks of our...
Prayer & Action for South Sudan

Prayer & Action for South Sudan

I have been spending quite some time praying over South Sudan and the ways forward for peace. In this pursuit, I am continually coming back to Isaiah 58. Please take time to see the deep practicality this passage gives. See all the ways in which you can apply this to...
What We Are Building

What We Are Building

After our economic development team spent eight days in Uganda studying the feasibility of a for-profit business we headed home encouraged. We had productive meetings, made new friends, built new relationships and answered many questions. We see so much opportunity...
Living the Smile of God

Living the Smile of God

My God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Ps. 67:1-2 It is this passage Amber and I had as the vision for our family when we got married nearly 15 years ago. I...