A Reflection on a Day at Robben Island

On Saturday, we boarded the ferry over to Robben Island.  Brett Opalinski posted his reflections (below this post at http://southafricavision.tumblr.com) about the ferry ride over and walking through the prison and seeing the cells where the prisoners were housed.  Just before we boarded the ferry back to Cape Town, I asked Stephanie Moore Hand if […]
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The Gates of Hope

In a devotion this morning with the new Cabinet members of the Florida Conference, United Methodist Church, David Dodge shared a poem by Victoria Safford about Hope.  I love great modern poetry and share with you what David shared with us: Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope– not the prudent […]
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The sound of distant drumming

Starting today, we are posting a series of videos, we’ve collected over the years.  On this anniversary of the landfall of hurricane Andrew in Miami, we are posting the sound of distant drumming a brief video from a drum-off between Leon and Lincoln from the Fall of 2011.  Our son Zach is one of the […]
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It IS Alright!

Vance Rains’ son, John Rains, asked our son, Ben if he wanted to sing in a music video they were going to film this past year.  John did an awesome job producing this video.  Stick around to the end and see the serendipitous moment when horses wandered into the shot.
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Abby’s creative juices

Our daughter has been working on an original song she could sing and play at the College Conference at Montreat in January.  Today is the day before Thanksgiving and we have all gathered in Lake Junaluska for the holiday.  I asked Abby to play some of her new songs for me and she played this […]
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Steady as You Go

Our good friend, Phil Westra, passed away last week from a massive heart attack.  We first got to know Phil and Polly and their four children when we served Fulford United Methodist Church in North Miami Beach.  He loved to sail, a stiff wind at his back; a purist who refused to put a motor […]
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