Ready, Set, Go

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Dear friends and family, (Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains) Vanessa Here 🙂 I’m currently in Washington DC working as a physical therapist, serving as a missions pastor in Alexandria, VA, and doing inner city youth ministry 🙂 I’ve got some great news, keep reading to find out. (Oldie but goodie, HopeStreet Christmas) I’m heading […]

True Love

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“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is […]

Caught in the Act

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Reflections on John 8 Words that stuck out to me: Caught, trap “Neither do I” Go leave your life of sin. We’re all caught red handed in sin, day in and day out our flesh, sin gets the best of us Whether it’s something we’ve said, thought or done, we all mess up. There will […]

Waiting on Immanuel

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Waiting… As I sit on the floor of the BWI airport, many thoughts run through my mind. Why in the world was I so anxious about being late. Even though my train to the airport was an hour late, I prayed, my sister prayed, etc. I still had some doubt that God would make it […]

Giving Thanks to God the Healer

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Day after day I see the frailty of the human body, whether ravaged by disease, trauma, aging, etc. On the same day, I see individuals healing, making gains, progressing in strength…..  How do you keep yourself from getting dragged down by the reality of our human frailty?Focusing on the latter I think.   I know […]

Hope for the streets of Haiti

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One month ago today, I had the privilege to travel to Cap Haitian in Haiti, to partner with an organization called Streethearts.  Together with a wonderful group of people from my church, we were able to love on all the former street kids (over 30) and serve alongside the Streethearts staff.   How do you […]

Grafted In

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For many the thought of weeding the garden is a daunting and unwanted task, but I find it very peaceful. I turn my music on and go to town. What was an overgrown mess becomes a beautiful landscape 🙂 Well after weeding the garden I began to prune the dead branches and leaves from the […]

Nothing but net…

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A mash up of March Madness and the Easter story! This past Tuesday at Hopestreet.DC we were discussing Easter. How do you answer the question, why did Jesus have to die? What does that mean for each of us?  Of course…a basketball analogy. I was able to share an abbreviated version on Tuesday night, but […]

Snow Covered Dreams Part II

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I awoke this morning to the sound of crinkling newspaper and the creaking of the wood stove door, Dads making a fire 🙂 my heart leaped for joy. There’s something about sitting in front of a fire that just brings peace to my weary soul, I can stay for hours. I rolled out of bed to […]

Snow Covered Dreams

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I sit and stare at the computer screen. The last few days a whirlwind: of hoping, waiting, questions, and confusion. For months I have taken the challenge to study for a specialist exam in my field. Thursday, March 5th was the day. As the week progressed, and the weather forecast remained bleak, I began to […]