Friday, March 16, 2007

Chelsea in Charleston!

This last week I spent my spring break in Charleston, S.C. with one of my favorite people, Chelsea Brink! I've known Chelsea since she was in high school, now she is all grown up and ready to graduate from the College of Charleston! This summer she will be taking off for western Africa to spend two years with the Peace Corp. I love this girl! She has enough energy and life for 10 people. She wined and dined me, along with her roommate Jenna and boyfriend Brad. Here are the highlights...

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Prophet of Peace...

On our way back from visiting my parents in East Central Indiana, I finally made the pilgrimage to Rich Mullins' grave site. Rich was a modern day prophet, more known for his Christian music hits of the 80's and 90's (Awesome God and Step by Step), but I knew him as the voice of God. He was killed in a car accident almost ten years ago.

He spoke boldly about peace and poverty. He made his own vow of poverty, of sorts, when he decided early in his career to collect the average wages of a single American (about $25,000 at the time) and divert the rest of his earnings to charity. He told his accountant not to tell him the difference, lest he be tempted not be faithful. Luong and I made the decision to follow his lead and set our annual budget to that of an average American family. Before you go commending us for our great sacrifice, remember that 1/3 of the world lives on less than $2 a day. We are not suffering in any way.

You can find many of his "teachings" and lyrics at

We long for the peace you knew Rich... may you rest deeply in every bit of it.