Nati stood on a hill in the African village of Melanda, Swaziland addressing a Mission Discovery team after they completed a playground for the children of the community. Surrounding us were the simple mud-huts typical of this region of Africa. “This is Mission Discovery’s second year to come back to my village,” Nati said. Nati leads tours of his home village and the nearby town of Bulembu.
July 19, 2010
Work day #1 is complete and God is already started to do amazing things. We have 3 great churches and they are building 5 houses total. Today they all started work on their houses and got to know their families a little bit. We went out and did a little VBS canvassing for tomorrow and hopefully it pays off and we have a ton on kids there. I’m a little nervous about being VBS coordinator this week, but know that it’s what God wants from me at this moment. And what could be a bigger blessing than getting to hang out with a bunch of kids and teach them about God’s love?
July 17, 2010
Officially en route to Tecate! It was a bit of a rough start this morning. I woke up to find my face was puffy, itchy, and red. For some odd reason, we had no benadryl or any type of allergy relief medicine in my house at all so on the way to the airport we had to stop at Walgreens to pick some up. I get to the airport right on time (or so I thought) at 4:30 for my 6:30am flight. I get up to curbside check-in and find that there is no 6:30 am flight to San Diego. I looked back at my confirmation e-mail from Delta and the Sky Cap was right….I didn’t leave until 7:45am.
June 26, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
It happens occasionally that someone I am talking with will look at me in such a way that it’s like they are looking into my heart. Most often it’s with Ann or my men’s group who know me well. Last week a Corey stood to talk about what he was taking home with him after having served in Westmoreland, TN on a Mission Discovery trip there. He had been serving at Rick Henson’s house with his youth group from Argyle United Methodist Church. Rick and his family was one of hundreds of families whose home was flooded in here in Middle Tennessee 6 weeks ago.
May 22, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Leanna Crossman R.N., is one of hundreds of compassionate nurses who have volunteered since the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. The Mission Discovery team of nurses met her at General Hospital in Haiti where she lead an orientation for them. She makes her home in Champaign, IL. Leanna is pictured far left orienting our nurses. These are her Reflections of Haiti.
May 11, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Maury Buchanan sat with friends from his church who were victims of last weeks floods near Nashville, Tennessee. Read his coments and suggestions about how you can help. Click here.
May 5, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
"She continues to trust God that one day she will see!" In her 60's she came to our medical clinic with one request. "I'm blind." Rachelle wrote the information on a piece of paper, prayed for her, and walked her to a waiting medical staff. Cataracts, simple to cure here in the U.S., but in Haiti a different story. This is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and here everything is difficult.
April 15, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
The official opening of Mission Discovery's HOLD the Children Orphanage in Haiti is this week and a team is there to dedicate the building and work as well. Just outside the city of Port de Paix, Haiti is Mission Discovery childrens home that currently meets the needs of 19 children. The home provides a safe place, and education and nutrition.
April 2, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Getting a youth group ready for a summer mission trip takes more than a packing list! We asked youth leaders from across the U.S. to give us their top 3 topics for preparing their teams and here's the scoop.
March 22, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
This Week at Mission Discovery with Maury Buchanan. An overview of what's new at Mission Discovery. Powered by Podbean.com
March 21, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
We call it "Team Building" at Mission Discovery. Phil 2:2 says "…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." And how do your get your short term mission team to this place? Any good coach knows that in order to have success as a team, everyone must know the plays, their positions on the field, and perform in the position well.
March 18, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
For many years the border towns of Reynosa, Tecate and Juarez have been the largest of Mission Discovery mission trips. In these three towns Mission Discovery teams have built over 1700 homes for the poor and seen thousands trust Christ through our adult and childrens' outreaches.
March 17, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
If the word “investigate” is used within the first few minutes of a television show, I am hooked. It’s a set up for a good story. It’s even better if while an investigation is going on the investigator has to overcome obstacles.
March 16, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Do you have those occasions when you know you are in over your head? I’ve been a youth worker since 1973, and for 4 of those years I was a youth pastor. In the church I worked we had a licensed therapist on staff that I could pass off the individuals who I knew I couldn’t help. But sometimes I only knew I was in to deep after it was too late. That was the case with Ron, a senior high student and his dad Phil, a 45-year-old alcoholic and former lineman in the NFL.
March 12, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Podcast: This week at Mission Discovery, with Maury Buchanan. News from Guatemala and Mexico.
March 11, 2010 by Stan Horrell
Prior to my ministry with Mission Discovery, I had been a church planter for 15 years. Buried somewhere deep in my DNA is this desire to start something new – blaze into the next personal frontier.
March 6, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Bill McDowell is my earthly consultant on poverty. Bill is the founder of Second Mile Development in Huntsville, Alabama.
March 1, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
I recently heard youth leaders on a podcast with a compelling reason from scripture for students to go on a mission trip to Haiti. During the one hour broadcast there was just one element missing. The Parent Factor!
February 26, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
“This mission trip to Mexico, justify the cost to the long term benefit for the students?” I sat in my senior pastor’s office not ready to answer his question. A year earlier I’d been to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. On that mission trip I saw first hand its impact on a group of students from another church and wanted to see the same happen with our senior high youth group.
February 21, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
What if, every Sunday your church walked out of the doors and in unison were singing the song you started in the building? That is the perfect description of the church in Haiti right now! I couldn't believe my eyes! I saw it first hand.