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.
October 23, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
To finally sit and rest is a relief. I feel exhausted and humbled. Shortly I will return to the safety and comfort of my home. My wife that I love dearly will be there. Words like disease and cholera; malaria and filth will drop from the regular use of my vocabulary. I’ll pick up my dry cleaning. The check out person at Publix will greet me and ask why I missed out on last week’s specials. Brushing my teeth won’t be a challenge. Hot clean water will actually flow when I turn the shower handle. Shortly I’ll return.
October 22, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss. At the breakfast table Dr. Matt Tincher handed each participant of our 6 day medical mission in Haiti a 3 by 5 card with these words. At the end of that day the team returned having seen nearly 300 residents of a tent camp here in Port au Prince.
October 5, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Mission Discovery
2010 Golf Challenge Format
Gaylord Springs Golf Links 1. Scramble Format: Each player tees off and the whole team proceeds to the
best drive. The players continue to hit from the best shot each time until they hole out. The lie may be improved by no more than one club lengths, moving no
closer to the hole. You may not move the ball out of a hazard or the rough when improving the lie. Maximum score for a hole is bogey.
September 21, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
C.M. Newton, then a basketball coach for the University of Alabama was asked how his team "played to win." His response was interesting and helps explain in a small sense why a team of 30 medical professionals might just make a difference among hundreds of thousands of hurting people in Port au Prince, Haiti. When coach Newton was asked how he "played to win" he answered, "We don't play to win, but rather do the things on the court that lead to a win."
September 10, 2010 by Stan Horrell
Travel with me to Africa and you’ll leave saying; “DREAMS DO COME TRUE!” A few years ago on my first visit Africa, I stumbled on the mountain village of Bulembu Swaziland. At the time, I marveled at the vision of men and woman who could dream a virtual ghost town into a thriving haven for children left in the wake of the AIDS epidemic prevalent throughout Swaziland.
September 9, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
This year the Mission Discovery Golf Challenge is set to raise
over $40,000 for the work of Mission Discovery here in the U.S. and 7 other nations. The event will take place on October 13, 2010 at Gaylord Opryland Links Gold Course. Lunch will precede the shotgun 1:00 PM start.
September 6, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
As Hurricane Earl churned toward the Caribbean then turned northward I though of the thousands of Haitians living under tarps ad scraps salvaged from the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed over 250,000. Mission Discovery had an immediate impact with victims because of our ground operations there through HOLD the Children, our child advocacy ministry division. Immediately following the earthquake, friends and supporters responded with monetary gifts of more than $150k that was distributed through local churches in Port-au-Prince to meet the physical needs of the most needy.
September 3, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
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.