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Monday, January 8th, 2007
8:21 pm - Re-vamp!

After my LJ hiatus, I have re-vamped the info page of the community.

Please do not hesitate to get this community going again!

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006
1:29 pm - Uganda's Calling!

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other.

And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit -as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda! We especially welcome international members, particularly people from Uganda (and we have at least a few already).

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!

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Monday, September 11th, 2006
5:07 am


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Saturday, July 29th, 2006
9:51 am - We definitely need prayer...


...for all the trauma in the world.

We need to turn to God right now about everything. Whether you believe in the Christian God, the Jewish God, the God of any religion...we all need to turn to our higher powers together on the issues that are plaguing this world.

God is the only one who can fix what's going on. He is the only one who has the power and desire to do so. More than that, He is the only one who can comfort the weak, save the perished, and create hope for those left standing.

This is what happened in my city last night

It was a hate crime, plain and simple. A political, religious, and perhaps racial hate crime. Above that, it doesn't matter who was involved...what colour skin the people had who died/were injured, it doesn't matter what religion they were, it doesn't matter if they were male or female...what matters is that human lives are at stake.

This is a Godly matter. This is something that we all have to ban together to our God and to our fellow humans and fight this.

It was said that "an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

The injustices in the Middle East are threats to our justice in the U.S. The injustices of Seattle this evening are threats to justice in the Middle East.

This is not a personal problem. This is a world problem. A human problem.

This needs to...well, I was going to say "this needs to be fought"...but fighting is what's brought us to this point in the first place.

Things need to change. Starting with each individual person. Yeah, I know that one person can't change the world...but it's worth a try.

Who's with me?

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Monday, April 24th, 2006
11:39 pm - xposted

Hi there.
I have a prayer request for all of you.
Tomorrow, I hope that you can lift up Juan Rueda in your prayers.

Let me tell you a story about Juan and I.

in January, 2004, I met Juan in Monterrey, Mexico while translating for an Immersion trip with pastors from my area (Muskegon, Michigan). We met at his church's service and had a great conversation afterwards. Upon returning to Michigan, I emailed his Pastor (Enrique "Kike") asking for Juan's email address. Juan and I chatted over MSN Messenger and email for almost a year. I then became too broke to afford internet access in my home and emails became once every two or three months. He moved and now only has internet access at his work. Anyway, in the first year, we were quite close and I considered him one of my best friends. Then, we began calling each other "novios" (meaning boy/girl-friend in Spanish). It was such a strong relationship and every email brings me closer to him and closer to God, as well.
In August, 2004 I was supposed to fly to Monterrey to visit him with a friend. Because someone stole my identity, we were financially unable to go at the last minute. In December 2005, he was supposed to come to Detroit on a business trip, but couldn't end up getting a VISA afterall.
It's been two years and we're still trying. We're still communicating as much as possible and I still consider him to be my spiritual mentor and best friend.
Will you please pray that everything will go well tomorrow and he will obtain a VISA afterall? I just want to give him a hug.

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Friday, February 24th, 2006

k, me and 4 other people in my English class (linked to Intro Soc) are all doing papers on inequality of religion (our research question is about religious profiling/stereotyping)...PLEASE fill out this survey and send it back to me in a comment! What you can type in, please do...for the rest of it (where it says "circle one"), either bold it (the tags for that are < b > without the spaces at the beginning of the word(s) and then < / b > at the end of the word(s)) or put stars around the word(s) or delete all but the choice you picked.

Religion Survey

*The survey and results will be anonymous*
What religion if any, are you a part of?

In terms of attending religious meetings, practicing religious rituals, and participating in your religion at times other than special occasions, how active are you in your religion?
(circle one)

Not religious Not Very Active Somewhat active Active Very Active

What class structure do you identify yourself as a part of? (circle one)

Lower class Middle class Upper-Middle Class Upper class

How many friends do you have of different religions from your own?

1-3 3-5 5-7 7-9 10 or more

What do you think of cross-religious marriages?

Bad idea Very Difficult Do-able with Effort No problem Good idea

Do you think of people who practice… (circle one or leave blank if you've never heard of it)
Islam as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Christianity as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Catholicism as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Mormonism as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Jehovah’s Witnesses as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Judaism as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Buddhism as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Wicca as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

Cults as:
Bizarre/Strange Strict Ordinary/Normal Faithful Generous

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Monday, December 26th, 2005
1:06 am

Hi everyone,
Right now I am asking for some help from any of you who can. If you can't help physically (I suppose that is the word for it) then I would love it if you could pray for me.
Right now, I am having some problems. I was planning on going to Thailand with Global Expeditions and spread the word of God this Summer.
But then I got nominated by someone to travel with People to People-a program about education and helping others from other countries get together and realize we are all the same, and to help stop wars. I have now been chosen to go to Europe for three weeks this Summer. I could go on and explain what People to People is, but that would waste a lot of your all's time.
But the problem is, the P2P trip costs over $5,500 and the Thailand trip costs around $3,500. If I can manage time wise, I would be able to come back from Europe and go on to Thailand.
I'm here to ask for any of you to contribute any size of a donation-even $5 or more or less would be really wonderful and could help me get to Thailand to spread the word of God. If I have other Christians and other churchs help me to get to Thailand, that would be wonderful. Both of these trips are extremely important to our world, but I believe Thailand should come first. THIS is what's important. Spreading God's Word.
For my address to donate or for more information, please e-mail me.
Thank you so much, even if you can't donate and I understand many of you cannot, please pray that I can save enough money to get to Thailand! Spread this plea around, please!
Thanks again and God bless all of you!

Also, if this type of post is not allowed, please tell me and I will immediately delete it.

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
2:39 pm

There was a preacher whose wife was expecting a baby, so he went to the congregation and asked for a raise. After much consideration and discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck.

After five children this started to get expensive, and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher's salary. There was much yelling and bickering about how much the clergyman's additional children were costing the church.

Finally, the preacher got up and spoke to the crowd. "Children are a gift from God," he said. Silence fell on the congregation.

In the back of the room, a little old lady stood up and in her frail voice said "Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much, we wear our rubbers."

And the congregation said, "AMEN!"

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Friday, August 26th, 2005
11:38 pm

Solstice in Seattle
(written 1-14-05)

Celebrating this holiday
When Jesus was born
It's too hard
Memories of the years
(and I) wish I could forget

(so I'll) point my face to the sky
And concentrate there
On the solstice
Solstice in Seattle

Believing in things beyond
(and) life after death
It's too hard
Reminiscing the past
Go by in my head


Living for Him
Further and further I go
It's too hard
Walking down the streets
Of diversity

(ch 2x)

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11:25 pm

He Loves Me
(written 8-7-04)

Can you honestly say you see the pain in me

Well take a look around and see

I'm not doing fine

I have fallen upon my knee

Because nothing is mine, but...


God sees the hurt

He puts His hand on me

God sees the anger

He waltzes in

And He loves me

All these ramblings of emotion

About my life I have no notion

No one knows who I am

I wish I had some magic potion

So now on these brakes I will slam, because...


Seeing who all helps and who all don't

To all my fears, I now say I won't

One man stands up tall and high

The love here, it's potent

Reigning up in the sky...

He sees the hurt

I am His little lamb

And He loves me



I wrote this before I went on team (obviously, if you see the date I wrote it)...and it's not really very good, but I still kind of like it, and wanted to post it.

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Sunday, July 17th, 2005
8:37 pm - The owner advertising some of my other communities...

If you're Christian living in/near Seattle, then join:

If you're a glbtq female in/near Seattle, then join:

If you've ever been involved in self-mutilation, then join:

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
7:32 pm

Good books to read...

Wild At Heart
The Ragamuffin Gospel
Bad Girls of the Bible
Blue Like Jazz
Inside of Me
Sins of a Father

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Monday, May 9th, 2005
12:22 am

Here's an "expansion" on what I just posted...
Y'all know about how we went to the bar a few weeks ago, because our contact (a girl who was on Captive Free last year) works as a waitress there. We're at my teammate, Angela's, farm, and her family is pretty conservative. We were looking at some pix I've taken, and Angela's mom saw the bar pictures, and then I told her about the contact working there, and she kind-of exclaimed, "A Christian girl who works in a bar? What do you think about that?" Like it was a bad thing...

I mean, when we were there, only 2 of my teammates got drinks. One drink each. We were there for 4 hours, and none of us got drunk. We were there to hang out, do karaoke, etc. It just makes me so...I don't even know...that all these labels are put up. Angela's parents are some of the nicest people I've ever met (the second we came in the door, they asked us what we wanted to eat, to drink, if we wanted to lay down, etc.), but the narrow-mindedness of it...it really makes me sad. It doesn't necessarily make me pissed off or mad...it just makes me sad.

But yes, even Christians can work in or go to bars and not be horrible people, or failures to Jesus. And with that said, even if there are Christian people chillin' in bars, talkin' to patrons...did Jesus not hang out with "sinners" and all sorts of people like that? If you look in the Gospel, He hung out with murderers, prostitutes, etc.

Jesus said love your neighbour. Even in a bar.

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12:07 am - Question

Do you think it's "un-Christian" for a church-going, Jesus-following girl to work as a waitress in a bar? We had a contact from a few weeks back invite us to the bar she works at, we went, etc. We're at the farm of one of my teammates, and her mom found out and was all like, "A Christian girl working in a bar?"

It's sad that some people think that way, but they do.

I was hoping to get the opinion of you guys...

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
12:10 am

I've been busy tonight. I've been online for several hours searching for agencies and organizations in which I can volunteer at or get a job at.

Here's the list of places I've looked at:
~Overlake Medical Center (I filled out an online application for unexperienced jobs)
~Lakeside-Milam Recovery Center (I emailed them asking if they were going to be hiring)
~Amachi (a Christian org. affiliated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters)
~Big Brothers/Big Sisters (I sent in an application to become one)
~YMCA of Snohomish County (I'm going to send in an application to volunteer)
~America's Promise
~Mission to the World (missionary organization, I'm going to email them for an application)
~Young Life
~Teen Haven
~Harvest USA
~Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention
~Mission Media

If you've heard things about those places (good and/or bad), please comment and let me know!

If you know of any psychology, social work, therapy, counseling, recovery places in the Seattle-area that accept people without degrees to work (like Lakeside-Milam), please let me know! I am really interested.

This is so cool...except that it's now after midnight, and I've been online since 8pm...I've been searching like mad for these things. A mission trip would be really cool. I need to focus on service. Because that is what God is calling me to do as of late. It's something I cannot give up on.

Praise Jesus for all these cool opportunities.

Love y'all. Peace out, homies.

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Monday, March 28th, 2005
2:23 pm - Upcoming events!!

Captive Free North West
Sunday April 3
Family Night Program (aka concert)
Light of Christ Lutheran Church
Federal Way, WA

Saturday April 9
Family Night Program
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Moses Lake, WA

Captive Free South West
Wednesday March 30
Family Night Program
First Congregational Church
Bakersfield, CA

Wednesday April 6
Family Night Program
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
Las Vegas, NV

Captive Free North Central <--my team!!
Wednesday March 30
Family Night Program
Faith Lutheran Church
Culver, MN

Friday April 8
Family Night Program
First Lutheran Church
Blooming Prairie, MN

And that's all I have time to update today...

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Saturday, March 26th, 2005
9:40 pm

Because Easter is tomorrow, I'm posting this:

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has rise, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

-Matthew 28:1-20 NIV

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Friday, March 18th, 2005
4:46 pm

Join Eternal__Beauty

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Monday, March 14th, 2005
9:12 pm

Hello there.

One of my teammates is lookin' for mission trip stuff in Africa.

Does anyone know of anything?

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005
11:44 pm

So tonight my team and I went to a church service called the Upper Room at a church in Minneapolis. It was pretty cool. My team had gone to it a couple weeks ago, but I stayed behind. It was really nice to go, and the sermon was all about God and how He was given 5 names, and he discussed Yahweh tonight. It was really cool, and nice to hear a sermon all about God, and not about us.

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