Christmas is always waiting

Anxiety and panic were the feelings that seemed to rule my heart Monday. Part of it was realizing that Christmas will be here next week and I don’t feel the least bit ready. I don’t even have the lists started to finish shopping for final gifts and Christmas dinner too. My in-laws are coming, but…

World Missions: Osaka, Japan

At the beginning of 2012 Cindy and I began our journeys between the Tohoku Region of Northeast Japan, which was affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and our residence in Osaka. The trip one way is around 750 miles. Since then we have served in the disaster area 6 times. We normally stay between…

World Missions: TotALLy His

Cindy Ruble will never forget that day in 2007 when the morning was interrupted by the earth rumbling and the house shaking. One earthquake followed another that day in West Sumatra, Indonesia, where she and her husband, Eddy, were ministering as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel. Just two years later another major earthquake would shake…

Legacy of Love and Family

From My View: Karen Hamilton This will be my first family holiday without my father, which is immediately followed by his birthday. Though I am very thankful for all of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me…November is bittersweet this year. As I think about how much more he will be missed in the…

Disaster Response in the Philippines

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has deployed field personnel to help with assessments, planning and coordination of logistics in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Those who would like to make a financial donation to this effort can choose from the following options. — Mailing a check payable to “CBF” with account 17000…

One Family’s Pilgrimage: Part Two

This is part two of a three-part series focusing on varying perspectives of Emmanuel’s Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Over four years ago when our family last journeyed as pilgrims it went by so very fast. This year our family is looking forward to being a part of the city itself. Anxiety we once felt while we…

One Family’s Pilgrimage: Part One

This is part one of a three-part series focusing on varying perspectives of Emmanuel’s Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Several years ago, the Greg Carroll family was able to make their first Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. It was an experience of the senses to say the least. We waited anxiously as we sat in pre-tour wondering what to…

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem 2013

In 1998, a few people from Emmanuel began “dreaming out loud” about a unique ministry to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.  As other folks joined in the conversation, it grew into what we call “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.”  More than a Christmas pageant or a living nativity scene, Pilgrimage is a full-scale re-creation of 1st century…