July 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
June 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
I was bike riding with my dear friend last week out on the south side of Maui. It was a beautiful day with magnificent views of Maui, Kahoolawe, the Pacific Ocean, and even the peaks of the Big Island of Hawaii poking through the clouds. We put the bikes in the car and headed back. On the way, we passed one of my favorite coffee shops on Maui- Grandma’s Coffee in Keokea. It’s been closed since March, but I noticed the front door open. “Let’s Stop for a cappuccino”. We pulled in to a parking area and there was an older man painting some shelving next to us.
As I started to get out, he shouted: “Go on. Leave. Why are you stopping?”
Surprised, I said “We are going to Grandma’s”
“It’s closed. Everything is closed. Why do you think it is open?” he growled.
“Because the door is open.” I answered.
“No, it’s closed. Go on. Get out of here.” He said loudly.
I thought for a microsecond, and formed my response. I planned to ask this grumpy man if he was the owner of Grandma’s, and then point out I was a loyal 20-year customer, and that I had actually helped the barista fix the espresso machine last year. Even if he wasn’t the owner, I was intent on wading through his hostility in an attempt to arrive at civility.
Just as I was opening my mouth to speak, my friend sitting beside me said in a rather loud voice “Hey, why are you being so hostile?” It was at that point that my strategy suddenly evaporated and I put the car into reverse, and began backing out. The painter looked at us with surprise. I put the car into drive and began to move forward onto the road.
It was then that my friend yelled to him “We are very peaceful people.”
May 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
What is Truth? It is a question that many of us are asking in these days of fake news and opinions driven by hate rather than reason.
Truth is rarely absolute and often relative, except in aeronautics, banking, gravity, and other such areas of life. One of the definitions of Truth in my dictionary is “values shared by a group”. By this I understand that terrorists, corrupt politicians, greedy businessmen and sexual perverts all have their ‘truth’ which they conduct their lives by, and we are all living a world that is soured by their societal decisions.
How do you like living in their world?
April 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
March 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
Have we made a difference?
Most of the mothers and fathers in our eight communities are our former students. Did they receive anything in their daily Bible classes that is impacting their families? Are they better neighbors? Are they known as loving people to their extended families? Are they looking to God for their needs rather than the sukias who represent the multiple demonic spirits that have influenced life on the river for centuries?
We think so. We hope our impact is even more than we can see, which is usually the case.
February 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
January 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
As many of you know, our missionary and discipling efforts have largely been focused not only on our Project Ezra Miskito friends of 30 plus years, but now also in the last 10 years we have added efforts toward the communities we have been a part of via our Rio Coco Beans roasting and Café ministry. We still function as “Volunteer Missionaries” living our lives by faith even though we are instructed by our Boss to pay all of our Miskito Teachers, leaders, disciples, teammates and the rest of the workers that come alongside of us. We continue to be called to build community and relationships wherever we happen to be… here, there, everywhere, foreign or local…doesn’t matter….God is with us doing this no matter where and with who…It is something that happens as part of why we feel we are placed on this earth for.
December 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
We all are approaching one of the most intense times of the year- Christmas.
This is supposed to be a time of reflection and celebration, but the reality is that we are often stretched and strained during this holiday season by:
* Traffic jams at the shopping malls;
* Decisions on how far to financially stretch;
* Meeting the expectations of the children;
* Guilt over how much was eaten last night;
* The effort required to get into tighter clothes;
* Listening to endless renditions of “Tis the season to be jolly.”
What do we get for all our efforts and enduring?
- Loud toys that make noises unfit for your quiet home;
- Technical directions written in English by a Chinese for those new gadgets;
- Uncomfortable, tight clothing;
- Bills in January for those financial stretches in December;
- Wondering if we just somehow just missed the whole point.