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January 22, 2011 by Stan Horrell
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January 22, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Yesterday I was chatting with a friend who works for a NASCAR race team. We were talking about his job for the team. During a race he’s monitoring track temperatures, tire pressure, track bar adjustments, and other driver’s pit stops. I’ve been out there with him in the pits. He and I know that his car is set up better than Carl Edwards, and yet Carl wins? “Regardless of how well a car is set up, it really comes down to the driver,” my friend says.
January 16, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
What if you knew that missions trips fit in to the global, grandest part of the growth of your church? What if your next missions trips laid the groundwork for the message you wanted to communicate?
January 13, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
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January 13, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Samuel Masadieu is a quiet little boy who doesn’t speak English, so it’s hard to know what the Haitian orphan thinks. But when he giggles, holds Rich Rohde’s hand, or runs his fingers through his hair, it’s clear to Rohde that the boy doesn’t think of him as just a white man with money from some far away place called Johnstown, Pa. Rohde gravitates toward Samuel, who fades into the background among the many children who arrived at the northern Haiti orphanage months after January’s earthquake left them alone in streets of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
January 11, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Saturday, January 15, 6:00-7:30 pm and Sunday, January 16, 6:00-7:30 pm Belmont Church in Nashville in welcoming Mr. Fouad Masri, the Lebanese-born founder of The Crescent Project. This lively, interactive seminar will help you better understand and love Muslims in your community. According to Belmont, "This is not something to invite our Muslim friends to, because it will be “shop-talk” as an experienced “mentor” is going to train a bunch of us “learners.”"
January 3, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Jamaica Mission Trips with Mission Discovery: Teams from Arkansas, Texas and Illinois left yesterday for home having completed yet another step in the expansion of the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf (JCSD). JCSD is nestled in the back country of Jamaica about 45 minutes from Montego Bay. There 37 deaf students not only go to school but are residents.
January 2, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
This is what the pilots see on approach to Montego Bay International Sangster Airport. Good arrival day here in Montego Bay. I'm more struck by the genuine kindness of the people here today than ever before. I had a nice chat with a taxi driver in the airport while we were waiting for Michael Kneff to pick us up. When people ask me about working here over the last years I'm always amazed by the response from Jamaicans when I say I worked in Salt Springs. Their eyebrows go up and they let out a shrill, like maybe I shouldn't ever go there again.
January 1, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
This week a group of 61 is here in Montego Bay, Jamaica working at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf. This is my 22nd year to come here. I began here in 1989 with an organization called World Servants. I traveled with Tim Gibson, who I think had as much experience driving on the left side of the road as I did, and that was none.
January 1, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
UPDATE BULEMBU, SWAZILAND-Mission trips impact: Bobbie Bisher's parents were missionaries in India, she was just a little girl, but the good memories of God's work lingered and she never lost her childhood passion to serve God in a foreign land. Her husband Harry, a carpenter/contractor by trade was waiting for God's call, so when he heard Maury Buchanan from Mission Discovery tell about the African town of Bulembu, Swaziland his heart leaped. Could God be calling him too?
January 1, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
I was speaking a few Sundays ago to a group of adults and students in Austin, Texas. "I know this is the time of year when you begin to think through changes that you want to make, and things you want to accomplish. In some of your thinking you said to yourself, 'Someday I want to go on a mission trip.'"
December 22, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
My dad had just graduated from law school in Jackson, Mississippi. I'm sure he didn't have a lot of money. It's hard to know whether I really remember things as a 4 year old or have created the images from stories told over and over. I just remember going to a store front where a model train circled in the store window. My dad was asking me questions about the train. Then the next thing I know, on Christmas morning, I had one....a Lionel model train! It was all so cool the coal car, the caboose and the powerful engine with a head light.
December 15, 2010 by Stan Horrell
There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you've played a role in bringing a contractor from Long Island, NY to the island city of Port au Prince, Haiti.
December 4, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Today is a special day. Today "Help Portrait" Day. Where photographers from all over the world are giving their time to serve the needy, single moms, and those who have never had a professional portrait. I was founded by Jeremy Cowart, some of you who have been on Mission Discovery mission trips know his brother Mike Cowart (himself an awesome photographer) who has led worship for us for many years.
December 4, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
This past September Jamie Kendrew and Leanne Roland of Christ Church at Grove Farm, journeyed on a short term mission trip to the northern coast of Haiti for a first hand look at Mission Discovery HOLD the Children Orphanage and school program. Here are Leanne's reflections of a day in Port de Paix.
November 28, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Did you know you have a story that is being written as you live it? On a mission trip as is in life we don't give our own light, we are reflectors of God's light and Don Schreier in this podcast talks about the essentials of preparing your team to tell their stories. This is part one of our training series on "Preparing Your Team."
November 16, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
These last two years I've seen the impact of the economy on countless friends all over the world. Many of my friends here in the United States are in the construction industry and are experiencing everything from lay-offs to salary cuts. I was watching a NASCAR race this past Saturday and saw empty stands. Some cars circled the track with no visible sponsor painted on the hood. Everyone industry has been impacted in some way.
November 16, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
So you are a pastor thinking about taking a group of adults on a mission trip?
November 15, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Years ago Ann and I were working for Youth for Christ. At the time we were raising our financial support and it was not going so well, behind in pay, and struggling. We were convinced that God would care for us. For several weeks, we received a cashiers check in our mail book for $500.00. We had no idea who it was from. We just thanked God for that person and asked God to continue to bless their life.
November 1, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
My daughter is married! This past Friday she dedicated herself to Rich Spalin. I have been to lots of weddings, maybe even yours, but I do believe this was the best I have ever attended including my own! Here's why.

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