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Soulful Sunday – World Changers

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.32.26 PM(Found a draft of this post misplaced from summer and decided to use it now–K)

The port-a-john I used today was nothing like the one at our work site for World Changers last week. The small space looked and smelled like its owners would have to chuck the whole thing shortly. But it did have one thing my work crew’s private pot did not, a mirror.

Never heard of World Changers? For 5 weeks of each summer World Changers (i.e. WC) gets students from all over the United States to pay for the opportunity to rise at the crack of dawn, work through grueling conditions for a week, sleep on hard floors, use communal showers (sometimes of the portable type), and eat meals prepared for 2-3 hundred participants without their input on what they like to ingest. Did I mention the students pay for this experience?

And it’s not like they have time off in the evening–it’s church services every night, group devotion time, showers, and lights out by 2300 only to wake at 0500 and do it again.

Yet these students amazed me with their terrific attitudes (teens everyone), can-do and jump-to work spirits, and so much sweat and laughter that by the end of the week my arms were almost as sore as my cheeks. It was the kind of aching face I’ve only had after life altering events like marrying my man and meeting our children for the 1st time.

Was World Changers life altering?

For many it was: the woman living on the side of a South Carolina mountain who might be confined there were it not for the deck and ramp our crew built, the students who dug postholes, leveled ballisters, and sent nails and bolts and saw blades home true gained skills, confidence and new snapchat & instagram friends. None more so than they who not only labored in the name of Jesus Christ, as we all did, but also gave their lives to God, received new hearts and clean slates forever.

Change the world? Yes, and every hope for what lies beyond it.

We went to the mountain top literal and proverbial. We saw a vision of the future with no more pain, no more tears, no more death. I cannot spend too much time looking back at the WC experience when the prize lies ahead. I won’t try to make a metaphor of the private port-a-potty provided for us. Spotless plastic within and without, blue liquid depths smelling better than the redolent mimosa tree’s blossoms. I’ll just say it was…

…an unusual week from the temperatures, my hot pink hair experiment, the 2nd most powerful experience of the Holy Spirit in my adult life and, lest we forget, the cleanest port-a-john ever.

Still, the modern outhouse I used today had something the nice one from last week did not…a mirror which, from my perch, dimly reflected the large hairy spider busily spinning a Mirkwood-worthy web above me.  It reminded me that sometimes God takes us to the top of the world and other times he uses every day urgency to remind me that that which seeks to ensnare me is a blip on my radar compared to my Almighty God who never leaves nor forsakes regardless of where I find myself. He is ready to embrace if I glance His way.

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Kristin King is an author, publisher and President of Future Hope Africa, an education focused mission near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Soulful Sunday

 

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Soulful Sunday – Most Needed Prayer

Sometimes the prayer that helps me the most is one whispered word-

Painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramarik featured in the movie Heaven Is For Real. Click to see more of this child prodigy's art.

Painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramarik featured in the movie Heaven Is For Real. Click to see more of this child prodigy’s art.

–“Jesus.”

–Kristin King

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Soulful Sunday

 

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Quotes On Writing – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 10.39.34 PM “The Great Gatsby” is my great artist friend’s favorite. Here’s to you, Kellee Wynne Conrad. Check out her latest show “At City’s Edge” in Annapolis.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Events, Prayer, Young Writers

 

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Soulful Sunday – Faith Race

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 8.57.19 AMFaith is doing God’s will, God’s way.

 

Worship is to have your mind fed by God.

 

Jesus Christ loves you — and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

1) let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and

2) let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

 

You laid down the weight down yesterday, and guess what? You slept all night. Do it again today.

–Dr. Ken Weathersby

Win my race. Are we all winners? We can be. We don’t compete against each other. And no one else can run my race for me. It’s mine and mine alone.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Soulful Sunday

 

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Historical Fiction Review – The Sunne in Splendor

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.55.35 PM(Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the post-apocalyptic Land of Tomorrow Trilogy)

I’ve always been a huge fan of history and historical fiction. I’ve probably read hundreds of books in the genre, but my favorite is hands down Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendor. This is a story about the War of the Roses in Fifteenth Century England where the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for the throne.

The book is also about Richard III who has been vilified by history. Penman actually conducted a great deal of research on this period before writing the book and determined that Richard III was the victim of history being written by the victors. He is most famously portrayed as an evil hunchback by Shakespeare in the play that bears his name. Most of Shakespeare’s material was obtained from Lancaster writers after the war. Penman’s portrayal of the man as noble, wise and courageous is generally accepted by historians as the more accurate and actually spawned greater interest in the period. Fans of actor Richard Armitage (recently in The Hobbit) know he has long wanted to do a mini-series based on Penman’s history, and Armitage was actually born on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Field where Richard III was killed.

The background of the book itself is also interesting. Penman supposedly wrote the original manuscript for the book while researching Richard III as a student. When the 400 page original manuscript was stolen from her car (before the age of computers or backup copies), she was devastated and didn’t write for five years. She eventually returned to the story and wrote it again from scratch over the next twelve years while working as a lawyer. The 936 page The Sunne in Splendor was eventually completed and published in 1982 and birthed a wonderful and successful writing career in English historical fiction for Penman (her other works are also excellent).

The Sunne in Splendor is one of those rare historical fiction books that is based on accurate historical background and evidence, yet reads like a novel. Penman has a knack for fleshing out real-life historical characters so that they nearly leap off the page and make it difficult to stop reading.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is a must read and once you have read it, I believe, like me you will read it again and again.

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More about Armitage and the finding of Richard III in a parking lot! Click photo for link.

Ryan King is a career army officer with multiple combat tours who continues to serve in the military. He has lived, worked, and traveled throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He writes post-apocalyptic, dystopian, thriller, horror, and action short stories, short novels, and novels.

 

 

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Soulful Sunday Quotes

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 9.04.40 AM“Any place, other than heaven, we go looking for happiness ends up in hell.”

“Do we believe love is powerful–in the real world?”

1 Peter 4:8 “ABOVE ALL, love each other deeply…”

“A Believer believes love is the most powerful thing in the universe. God so loved…”

Invitation: “Drop the religious-adult mode.

Adopt the well-loved child mode.”

–Dr. Drew Shofner (Living Jesus Sermon Series)

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The Church at Severn Run

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Soulful Sunday

 

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FDR’s President’s Prayer on D-Day

FDR Lead the Nation in a Prayer on D-Day

FDR Lead the Nation in a Prayer on D-Day

Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Prayer in Dark Times (Listen FDR’s Prayer on History.com)

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity…

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph…

Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom. And for us at home–fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice… Give us strength, too–strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace–a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

–D-Day, June 6, 1944

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Kristin King is an author and her imprint, Three Kings Publishing, produced Irene Kucholick’s “Iron Curtain Memoirs” which includes three books related to World War II. Before the Iron Curtain: My WWII Childhood, Behind the Iron Curtain: My Years Hidden as a Boy, and Escape the Iron Curtain: My Journey to Freedom

All three titles in Iron Curtain Memoirs with timeline, photos, and maps.

All three titles in Iron Curtain Memoirs with timeline, photos, and maps.

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Prayer

 

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