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Our New Website is UP!

I told you I would let you know when we got our new website up – well, it’s up! Check it out at We have info about our impending move to southern Africa, pictures, and a blog of our travels as we spread the word for prayer support and financial support. Check it out! 


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Watoto Children

I’ve been trying to write this blog for so long now. Two weekends ago we had the Watoto Children’s Choir at our church. They are SO incredible. If you have a chance to go see them, do it! It will move your heart for Africa and all the need that is so great there. Kampala Pentecostal Church pastored by Gary and Marilyn Skinner is the church that founded and runs Watoto Childcare Ministries. They are holistically caring for orphans and widows in families housed in supportive, loving communities. If you want to experience some incredible raising up of the next generation of leaders in Uganda, check out our winter mission trip at Go Global.


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Big Change…Swaziland

Official announcement…Greg and I (and the puppies) are moving to Swaziland, Africa to work with Children’s Cup and a new church plant by the same people – Healing Place Swaziland. We will be focused more on the church side of things and will spend a year with our friends Ben and Susan Rodgers, the pastors, helping in any way we can!

We are so excited about this move and can’t wait till we live in Africa! It has been a dream of Greg’s since he was a little boy and I’ve always wanted to live on the mission field. We know that there will be challenges to face and adjustments to make, but I’m praying that we get there and feel that this is what we were made for! Don’t worry – you’ll still see us around. The world is becoming smaller every day with technology and air travel being so accessible. And you can always come to Swazi on a mission trip with Go Global. We would take good care of you!  

We are leaving the beginning of September. You’ll see more about our journey in the next few weeks. We’re creating a website right now where you can see the vision and what we’re doing. I’ll let you know when its up! 

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Huge Weekend Coming Up

This month has been a month of huge weekends here at The Life Church! Coming up this weekend we’ve got the Watoto Children’s Choir coming. AND the Joyce Meyer Conference is in town! It’s going to be a busy weekend.

If you are near Memphis, come join in the fun! Here are the details:

Joyce Meyer Conference at the FedEx Forum starting Thursday evening, Friday morning and evening and concluding Saturday morning (March 27-29).

Watoto Children’s Choir will be performing one song in all our morning services: 8:30a, 9:45a, 10:45a (Collierville Campus) and 11:30a.

Watoto Children’s Choir Concert will be Sunday, March 30 at 6 pm.

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Greg is in India this week connecting with the missionaries and nationals we will be working with for the upcoming Go Global trip. This is his first trip there and he’s having good time. They flew into Hyderabad, then traveled by plane to Mumbai. There he saw much poverty and depravity as they visited feeding and housing programs for children of sex workers. I think this is the same place that Christine Caine blogged about recently. They also visited some slums that were some of the worst he had ever seen.

From there they traveled to Delhi. This place is the center for business and the missionaries there have started a microfinance program helping people start businesses to support their families. Delhi is also where all our customer service calls are going. He’s enjoyed talking with the guy there and exploring the microfinance side of things.

I know it’s hard when you go on a trip like this to process all that you are seeing. Bottom line is that the world needs us! We are blessed in America to be a blessing! If you’ve never been a part of a short-term mission trip, check it out at Go Global. We have a number of trips happening this summer. If you can’t go, pray and support those who are. We can all play a part to make a difference.

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Little Girl in Kenya

Greg and I sponsor a young girl named Kellen through Compassion International. She lives in Kenya and with the recent unrest there, she’s really been on my heart. I think her town is not in the middle of everything, but things can really escalate in Africa quickly and she could be caught in it all. I’m praying for her intensely during this time. Children are very vulnerable with violence breaks out in Africa. As seen in other countries, they can be “recruited” (kidnapped) to be child soldiers or “wives” (sex slaves) for the soldiers. I pray that Kenya does not get to this point.

Her recent letter told me of her dream to become a nurse one day. She does very well in school and loves Jesus. I pray that her dream will become reality for her. She is 16 years old (I’ve been her sponsor since she was 5) and beginning to think about the future and dream. I pray that her future is bright!

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Saturday, at our church, we had huge serve day! It was incredible watching all the people sing and worship before going out to be God’s hands and feet. I love that we don’t just sing about, but we DO it! Check out more about Servolution at here at Pastor John’s blog.

Also the day was special because of the team from Healing Place Church that traveled the 6+ hours to be a part of the day. Healing Hands Ministry brought their medical and dental mobile units and stayed all day seeing patients. All the medical care and dental care was totally free! It’s an incredible ministry that really shows the love of Jesus in such a practical way. People were blown away to hear that it was free. I just imagine the people that have been walking around with toothaches and headaches and are now free of pain because of that day and them being here! So awesome!


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