Jordan Refugee Crisis March 2017 Report

Syria is now in its seventh year of civil war with a total of over 400,000 dead and 6 million Syrians displaced. And refugees continue to enter Jordan, a safe place. Reports from fighting around Mosul in Iraq indicate that possibly 20,000 more refugees may be on the way to resource-stretched Jordan. Our trip in March allowed us to see the ministry to refugees up close and in person again. We met Ahmad Ali Alsoloum, from Damascus in Syria who had ...

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

As I reflect on what filled my heart and mind as I pondered each station or point of reference, I'm forced to consider, for me this wasn't simply an historical journey remembering the steps of Jesus, this was a personal pilgrimage which followed the footsteps of my own life. From the outset, when considering the Stations of the Cross, it occurred to me that Jesus' temptation to bypass the Cross, with which He wrestled in the Garden of Gethsemane, wasn't ...

Trapped Royalty Gains Freedom

Eight months after I decided to pursue becoming a licensed minister, everything important to me was snatched away. My close friend battling cancer got a bad report. After we prayed, I said to myself, “I need to see her next week.” But next week never came. She passed away two days later. After her death, my dad was diagnosed with late stages of Alzheimer’s. I flew home to visit, but dad didn’t recognize me this time. I realized he would ...

My New Normal Started at the Chase Oaks Family Center

It’s an amazing blessing to see what God can do when you choose to follow and serve Him.   I knew I had to find a new normal. While I was gone, changes at my previous church resulted in fewer people my age and stage of life to connect with. I started looking for another church to attend. I really liked Chase Oaks Church and had several friends who attended, but it was difficult to figure out where I wanted ...

Jóvenes Chase Oaks Making an Impact

Jóvenes Chase Oaks (JCO) has been a life-changing experience for me.  Many people might think it’s an exaggeration when I say that it’s completely changed my outlook on the world—but it has!  When I first joined JCO, it was summertime, and I was going through a tough time.  But when I got to meet all of these new people and heard their own struggles, I didn’t feel so alone.  Getting to know so many varieties of people made me understand ...

The Transforming Power of LifeGroups

Marriage between a man and a woman is a holy covenant, a God-ordained relationship that He likens to His relationship with the church.  Holy or not, anyone with any experience with marriage knows it is hard work even in the best of circumstances.  Throw in a stressor or two, and a marriage can easily end in divorce.  So let’s look at a story of one Chase Oaks couple whose circumstances were less than ideal from the onset, were headed for ...

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