Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Legislative Action on Trafficking

Hey guys, here is a good story that tells of good progress in Human Trafficking assistance. (Even though it was a long time coming.)

This next link is a editorial by Bob Sanborn that describes the depths of Human Trafficking in Houston. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6132874.html

Mr Sanborn also mentions a bill (SB 89) going to the State Senate. This bill will provide for a state task force that will help in combating human trafficking through Texas as well as providing for public awareness, education and victims assistance.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


the other day i got to visit st. paul cathedral's first advent service of 2008.
there were oh, about a thousand people there...
full choir-adults and kids,
and of course the place is HUGE and breathtakingly beautiful.
we got to sing one christmas carol, 'come o come emmanuel' and the whole time i kept thinking about how badly i want to be back in houston so i can sing christmas carols with my friends at wellspring...and maybe even do a powerpoint with lots of holidays photos. 
can't wait to see you guys...two more weeks! hope you're all doing well :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In these troubled times, I thought this appropriate:

Corcovado parted the sky
And through the darkness
On us he shined
Crucified in stone
Still his blood is my own
Glory behold all my eyes have seen
Have seen

I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed to be a witness

Some have flown away
And can't be with us here today
Like the hills of my home
Some have crumbled and now are gone
Gather around for today won't come again
Won't come again

I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed to be a witness

So much sorrow and pain
Still I will not live in vain
Like good questions never asked
Is wisdom wasted on the past
Only by the grace of God go I
Go I

I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed to be a witness

I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed
I am blessed to be a witness

-ben H.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Something to disagree with???

Thought the song was fantastic and the quotes and their authors very provoking. Maybe something to think about.

(I'm not quite as savvy as textelc, so I posted the link and not the video, sorry...)

Saturday, September 13, 2008


i have been watching that hurricane in complete horror. i heard that the shuman's and the napier's are alright, what about the rest of you? i realize it might be awhile before any of you even see this since there's a loss of electricity. just know that i stayed up all night watching that damn hurricane roll in and i was thinking of all of you every minute. wish i was there with you all...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

God Of This City

You're the God of this city
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You are
You're the light in this darkness
You're the hope to the hopeless
You're the peace to the restless
You are
For there is no one like our God
There is no one like our God
Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done here

I've been hearing bits and pieces of this song lately, I don't remember exactly when or where, however when I heard the story of it's lyrics I was immediately taken. I don't want to mess up the story so check out this interview of the band Bluetree.
The song has been recorded by Chris Tomlin, but check out the Belfast version by Bluetree.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


i hope everyone else over there that also has an august birthday had a good time celebrating! miss you guys!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

in germany

i miss you guys :(
i'm in germany right now and i've been asked a million questions on how all of you are doing...and it makes me miss you guys a lot...can't wait to be home and with all of you again!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Human Trafficking links

International Justice Mission - www.ijm.org
Polaris Project - www.polarisproject.org
Free the Slaves - www.freetheslaves.net
Redeemed Ministries - www.redeemedministries.net

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I want to say something

I want to say something...
I'm not sure what...
I'm not sure when...
I'm not sure why...
I'm not sure how...

I just know I want to say something!

Friday, May 09, 2008


I'm not quite sure what has made me pay so close attention to the discussion we've been having lately. Shannon came to town and on a Wednesday night not too long ago shared many things with us about the her ministry. The one thing that struck me so hard that night were the stories of human trafficking. I've heard these things before but this time there was something that grabbed my attention. I'm not much on research but I couldn't/can't get this thing off my mind. So, I went looking around and found a lot of numbers that, even though I've heard them before, still astound me. Here are a few numbers involved:

27,000,000 - trapped as slaves around the world

800,000-900,000 – The number of people trafficked across international borders, world wide

14,500-17,500 – The number of foreign nationals trafficked into the United States each year.

200,000 – The number of American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.

5000-7000 – The number of Asians trafficked into the United States each year.

3000-5000 ea. – The next largest groups from Latin America, Europe and Eurasia.

Or how about the ages involved. 8 year old kids working in fields and sweat shops around the world and in the United States. Girls as young as 13-14 year old girls sold as sex slaves. 10-12 year olds taken from their families to become soldiers. Not to mention the adults that are taken out of their country on the pretense of good jobs and money to support the family left behind, only to find themselves in a field or factory working to pay off the debt that never goes away.

I'm not through looking into this and I hope y'all keep looking too. The only thing is, what do I do with all this new found information? How in the world can this kind of stuff be happening in the 21st century? I'm praying that God will show me, or us, what to do with this.

Remember, this is not only in Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico or South America. This is happening in the United States of America.... The great State of Texas.... The very culturally diverse City of Houston.... and possibly my own community of Spring.


I don't think I'm finished yet...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some Kingdom Thoughts

Here are two other takes on the idea of the Kingdom of God:

1. From Scott McKnight in his book "A Community Called Atonement"
Jesus decides to express his whole vision in one phrase, and he chooses " kingdom of God." It is here and it is coming, and it is small and it is big, and it is powerful and it it sometimes silent, and it is for big folks and little folks, and it is for off-the-map sinners and on-the-map righteous prigs (if they'll just learn to follow Jesus and stop thinking so highly of themselves.) The kingdom, is the society wherein God's will is established and practiced. "Kingdom" once again, it about people, about what I will call the ecclesial community.

The church is a local expression of God's kingdom. It is a community in which God's will is to be actualized. The church is the alternative society to the structures of power found in the world. The kingdom is justice and peace and a society wherein God's loving will is lived out.

The kingdom of God, is the society in which the will of God is established to transform all of life. The kingdom of God is more than what God is doing "within you" and more than God's persoanl "dynamic presence"; it is what God is doing in this world through the community of faith for the redemptive plans of God - including what God is doing in you and me. It transforms relationship with God, with self, with others, and with the world.

2. From Brian McLaren in his book Everything Must Change:
"We talked about eh metaphor Jesus used again and again to convey his essential message: the Kingdom of God. We considered how this message of the kingdom - conrtrary to popular belief - was not focused on how to escape this world and its problems by going to heaven after death, but instead was focused on how God's will could be done on earth, in history, during this life. We described God's kingdom in terms of God's dreams coming true for this earth, of God's justice and peace repacing earth's injustice and disharmony."

"What could change if we applied the message of Jesus - the good news of the kingdom of God - to the world's greatest problems?

What do you think?

Thursday, February 21, 2008


The "kingdom of Heaven" is a condition of the heart - not something that comes "upon the earth" or "after death." 
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Jesus Creed (Wellspring Edition)

Sunday I was thinking of how long it has been since the Jesus Creed was posted. So here it is again. This is what I believe, how about you.

We believe in Jesus Christ who healed the sick, the blind, and the paralyzed and even raised the dead. He cast out evil powers and confronted corrupt leaders. He died for the sins of the world, rose from the dead, and ascended to the Father. He sent the Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus who taught in word and example, sign and wonder. He taught the way of love for God and neighbor, for stranger and enemy, for those rejected and those ignored. We believe in Jesus, who called disciples, led them, gave them a new purpose and sent them out to preach good news. He celebrated, he sang, he feasted, he prayed and he wept. We believe in Jesus, so we follow him, learn his ways, seek to obey his teachings and live by his example. We have not seen him, but we love him. His words are words of eternal life to us, and to know him is to know the true and living God. We do not see him now, but we believe in Jesus. Amen.