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Family Fridays-Christnerlens, Missy-Midley, and Dervens

By Andi Lunsford | September 20, 2018

I have a slight touch of OCD. My family would definitely confirm this. This is sometimes helpful, and sometimes not. In consideration of that, every morning I plan out what I want to do for the day. I think about what I really need to do, and I start working towards doing those things. This…

Family Fridays- Annaïca and Cassandre

By Andi Lunsford | September 10, 2018

Jeff and I set out this last Friday excited to do another home visit. I didn’t say this last week but home visits were not actually my idea. After praying this summer for direction, Jeff and I both felt we wanted to do something to reach out to the families of our students, and we…

First HRCA Family Friday

By Andi Lunsford | September 6, 2018

I am a terrible blogger, I love to read, but I hate to write! Occasionally, though, there are things that are worth writing about. We are starting a new program at Hope Rising Christian Academy- Family Fridays! Every Friday our principal, Jeff Altea, and I are visiting the families of some of our 100 school…

It’s Over.

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 25, 2018

The desert is not fun but necessary for every believer because it produces humility.  John the Baptist knew this well, and wow, look how humble he was. Whether we want to admit it or not we are all very prideful and at the root of every sin lay pride. Can we humble ourselves? I don’t…

Balance

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 12, 2018

For Kaylea’s 16th birthday she wanted to go on a hike across Haiti so we rounded up 9 other friends, one of which flew in from the states, and 1 coerced Matt. If any of you know Matt very well you know that all he wears is croc flip-flops and this hike was no different.…

Starving

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 2, 2018

Very few of us have probably ever really been starving. The closest I got was during a 7 days fast about 6 years ago. I do remember though the sensation of being hungry left after just a few days. I believe from what I have seen from people here that you can be starving without…

Hope Rising Sports Ministry

By Ben Lunsford | February 3, 2018

Welcome to Hope Rising Sports Ministry. I would like to take a moment to talk about the opportunities God has given us to reach children in our community with the gospel through sports. Hope Rising has two sports seasons throughout the year: soccer from February to October, and newly added basketball from November to January.…

Reunification

By Matt and Cara Smithson | January 20, 2018

Over the past year and a half 6 kids have been reunited with family and 2 more are in the process. The government has been involved in all but 1 of those cases which unfortunately is not always a good thing but today I am not going to get into the complex issues of the…

The Sun Still Rises

By Matt and Cara Smithson | January 11, 2018

I got up this morning early. Not intentionally as I am not a morning person but I’ve never recovered from this time change thing. I woke up asking God to allow me to just listen. One of my friends recently mentioned in our bible study group how we forget to listen for God’s response after…

The Coffee Cup

By Matt and Cara Smithson | November 25, 2017

Are you ever afraid to be in God’s presence? Afraid that if you are you will fall apart. I had a coffee cup once that had cracks all in it but I could still use it. Then the handle broke off and I glued it back on so I could continue using the cup. But,…