Thanks and Giving

By Res Spears Message delivered November 18, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church Yesterday, a small group from this church spent a few hours in the parking lot of a church in downtown Suffolk, handing out grocery bags with sweet potatoes in them. It was cold and, for a while at least, uncomfortable, and I think it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever have a visit from a single one of those who were in line for the free food distribution. But we weren’t there as a marketing or church-growth exercise. In fact, I had considered looking for a banner with … Continue reading Thanks and Giving

Woodson’s first steps

As they are for any child learning to walk, Woodson’s first steps were tentative and shaky. Without something to hold onto, he would surely have fallen into a heap on the tile floor. And even with something to help his balance, it was clear that it would take him some time to work out all the mechanics of this new way of getting around. Of course, toddlers have been learning to do this since Adam and Eve had their first children. But Woodson is no child. He’s a young man, probably in his early 20s, and on Wednesday, I watched … Continue reading Woodson’s first steps

Searching for hope and forgiveness

I’ve been struggling over this post for a couple of days now – trying to work through the emotions that are tied up with it so that I don’t allow anger and bitterness to take over and trying to find some hope within the heartache. A little more than a week ago, I held a dying woman in my arms. I don’t know her name, and I can only guess at her age – somewhere in her 80s probably – but I know she was dying, because she passed away on Friday. And judging from the conditions in which she … Continue reading Searching for hope and forgiveness

Loaves and fishes in Peris

  I wonder: Did the boy hesitate, thinking the disciples must be crazy, or did he eagerly hand over his five loaves and two fishes when they told him Jesus wanted to use them to feed the hungry multitude? The feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle of Christ that is recorded in all four gospels, and the account in the Book of John is the only one that mentions the boy: “One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are … Continue reading Loaves and fishes in Peris

Letting go

    I’ve heard it said that we can never receive the full blessings that God has for us until we’re willing to let go of the lesser things we tend to hold so fast. The past month, since my announcement that I am leaving the newspaper business, has been a long lesson in letting go. Letting go of control. Letting go of position. Letting go of pride. At times, it has felt as if God was prying my fingers loose from these things, and I haven’t always handled the changes as well as I would have liked. Pride is … Continue reading Letting go

Guerby’s story

  By R.E. Spears III At 2 p.m. on a hot spring day — in Haiti, all the days are hot, but the approach of summer adds a whole new level of intensity, like wrapping up in a wool blanket by a campfire at noon in Nevada — most folks in Montrouis are looking for shade, content to let the next couple of hours pass with as little physical activity as possible. For 30-year-old Guerby, though, there will be no shade. On this small, hand-built green-and-yellow rowboat, he sits exposed to the full force of the sun, floating quietly in … Continue reading Guerby’s story

May 2017 Haiti Visit

  In May 2017, my friend Bob Mayo and I traveled with 9-year-old Ephram Surber, our translator and “team leader,” to Montrouis, Haiti, to work with and document some of the work of Supply and Multiply, a ministry in that town for which I serve on the board of directors. By the grace of God, Supply and Multiply, in partnership with One Heart, 2 Homes, built and operates one home for the elderly in Montrouis and is in the process of completing a second one. We are also blessed to be able to provide a boat for a local fisherman, one … Continue reading May 2017 Haiti Visit