The views expressed here are just thoughts. They might show up as social commentary, I think, and maybe that is OK. Hopefully, you will find something of value here, most hopefully, a pearl to ponder here and there.
My friend, Craig Maloney, had encouraged me greatly in getting this blog site going. With almost every e-mail since the first “ponderings” I sent out in the summer of 2006 Craig responds back something like this: “You desperately need a blog. If you need help setting one up, or need some space, let me know.” (This was his latest response.) He and I chatted over Google Talk while I worked on setting this up - he stuck close through launch and posted my first ever blog comment.
Isabel Frey has also prodded me through the years. Her response to many of my stories about border crossings and life in general is that “you need to write a book.” Her daughter Miriam picked up the mantra a few years ago.
I attended Cody High School, in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1970s. The best thing about those days was my participation in the school’s marching band. Best of all was getting to know our band director, James Harris. Once, while trying to cajole us into being more positive about our own abilities, he challenged us that we couldn’t even apply ourselves enough to write a “narvel” (I never figured out where that pronunciation came from, but at that moment, that’s how it came out). I attempted that, carrying my notebook around with me everywhere. I did not produce a “narvel” but since I was sixteen years old, I have written many poems. That was my outlet.
May I someday find out I made you all pretty proud. Most of all, I pray that I have made my Father in Heaven proud and that He finds that I have put many miles under these mocassined feet! May He ever be praised for the grace and love of His gift giving!
I am currently a Masters candidate at Michigan Theological Seminary in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies. I hope to graduate May, 2008. I have studied biblical Greek and Hebrew, theology, church history, and missions and have even taken a Christian Education course on Teaching and Learning Principles.
I volunteer in the summer for weekends at Barnabas Christian Camp in Straffordville, Ontario. Through this ministry I am able to participate in Barnabas’ annual short-term mission trip to Burnt Church First Nation, New Brunswick. It is here that the Lord is calling me to “go!” I will walk along with the believers there in assistance in the community, especially among the children, teens and young adults.
I attend Calvary Missionary Church in Livonia, Michigan. Calvary is part of the Missionary Church USA denomination. I came to faith in our Saviour through the ministry of Aylmer Missionary Church, part of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada.
I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, in 1994. I graduated from Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan, in 1978.