Tag Archive | Ethiopia

The WayBack Machine: July

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers whTho have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2010

Jesus

This is my first attempt at poetry here at the blog.  I wrote this both as an introduction to who Jesus is for people who don’t know Him.  I was also trying to find ways to explore the artistic side of my writing.  I hope you enjoy it. ***If you’ve never encountered Jesus or don’t have a relationship with Him, this should be the post you read.***

My Daughter: The Newest Fiery Believer I Know

Earlier in the year Ariel accepted Christ and was baptized.  There was an immediate turn in her heart and attitudes.  It was fun to watch and these are my thoughts from shortly after the event.

False Prophets, Acts Chapter 2, and Our House Church

I wrote this post in December of 2009, but only got around to posting it July of last year.  In my mind this post captures the best of where we were as an organic spiritual family in 2009 and 2010.  If you’re wondering what sometimes happens when our house church gathers, this is the post for you.

The Supernatural Church

Much of the church in the Western world is devoid of supernatural power.  I wrote this post as I was reading through Visions Beyond the Veil by R.A. Baker.  The book has some important insights into our anti-supernatural leanings as a Western Church and I shared some quotes as well as my own thoughts.

2009

I’m Back

This was my first post after coming back from my trip to Ethiopia.  If you want a good picture into the heart of a guy who just returned from Africa, this is the post to read. It will be interesting to see what the Lord continues to do with us in Ethiopia in the next year.

2008

Tune Up

I wrote this post about an encounter I had with one of my 50,000 coaches, Dick Speight.  Dick helped me see that I was off in my walk with the Lord because I was lacking time in the secret place.  I wrote this post as I wrestled with the fact that I should know better than to let communion with the Lord slide.

Just A Thought…

This post was born out of a trip I took to meet with others who practice meeting as organic churches in Iowa.  It centers around the idea that we are quick to believe others have imposed religion on us, but frequently something far more subtle is at work.  If you’ve ever struggled with a “religious spirit” you’ll want to read this post.

2007

Using This Blog as a Resource

This blog is me wrestling with whether this blog will be a personal blog (which it started out as) or whether it will be a resource blog about house churches, apostolic Christianity, and revival.  I think I’ve settled on it being both, mostly because I’m both and I think about these things a lot.  But this gives you a good snapshot into some of my early thoughts on the subject.

“Tell a Little Story…Do a Little Miracle…”

This post represents some of our early thoughts about evangelism that we had as a house church.  I still believe these are things we’re called both to see and do, and that stories and miracles have a much bigger part in the spread of the Gospel than most of the Western Church understands.

2006

On Being Me and Where I See Me in Movies

This was my very first post on my blog.  I started this blog as a journey into self expression and finding God in the midst of the things I love.  I write about some bloggers that were stunningly honest about their lives in their blogs and some movies where I saw myself in some of the characters.  Social media has given me a few more outlets to do the every day life sort of posts, but I hope to never loose the honesty and simplicity this post captures.

50,000 Coaches

One of the movies that I saw back then was Akeelah and the Bee.  I’ll spare you the synopsis, but a turning point in the movie talked about how Akeelah has 50,000 coaches.  I was struck by the fact that many of us neglect the 50,000 coaches God has given us in our lives.  This is a phrase I keep coming back to over and over again.

How To Get the Most Out of Pursuing Glory

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Comment

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Twitter is where I post thoughts and quotes that will either become a full post here or is relevant to the topics we discuss here.  I’m also planning at least one Twitter/Blog series where one set of unique material will show up in my twitter stream that will correspond with a blog series I’m running here.  You can find me on Twitter @traviskolder.

Notes From The Margins

On a somewhat irregular basis I post a blog in my “Notes from the Margin” series.  The point of the series is not just what I’m finding in Scripture and what I write, but also what you’re finding in Scripture and what you’re writing about it.  If you have a blog, I’d love to see you take this series and do your own.  You can check out the guidelines for Notes from the Margins and read examples of the series here and here.

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The Wayback Machine: June

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers whTho have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2009

The Ethiopia Trip

Weird, huh? I’m in Africa while you’re reading this and I was planning a trip to Africa (this time Ethiopia) two years ago.  This was the start of an amazing journey with lots of new friends and spiritual giants.  My time in Ethiopia changed my world.

Widows and the Church

The church of Jesus Christ has a particular obligation to care for widows.  It should be difficult to separate the true church with the care of widows, but sadly, it’s not.  This is one of my first “Notes from the Margin” posts where I’m wrestling through 1 Timothy and Paul’s prescription for the care of widows.

Have You Been A Part of One of These?

This post is a short meditation on the nature of movements.  This thought came because of the love the people in my sphere had shown me.  My hope is we all have a chance to be a part of something like this.

2008

Blogging: Osama Bin Laden Style

This post is me wrestling with my blogging style.  Should I be a blogger who writes about whatever is in my mind at the time? Or should I be a strategic blogger, waiting for content that is relevant and in the Lord’s timing?  I’m still wrestling with this idea to some degree.  After the death of Osama Bin Laden, this post seems a little dated and a little timeless all at the same time.

2007

Missions Trip

It seems like no matter how many things change, they still stay the same.  In 2007 I was planning my first trip to Uganda.  By the time you’ll read this, I will be there again.

How To Get the Most Out of Pursuing Glory

There are lots of ways to get more out of Pursuing Glory than just stopping back to check for new content every few days.  Here are some of the main ways you can join the conversation, learn, and contribute to the conversation we’re having:

Subscribe by Email or RSS

If you’re not particularly technologically inclined, hit the “Email Subscription” button on the sidebar of the blog.  If you’re more into computers or you’re daring, you could subscribe to this blog using a feed reader.  This link is a great explanation of RSS and Feed Readers. Let’s face it. Life is busy and it’s easy to fall out of the loop.  Either of these tricks will help you stay involved in what’s going on.

Comment

We learn more by talking and teaching than we do by listening and reading.  So help us learn by sharing your life, your pursuit of Jesus, and what you’ve learned through your experience in the comment section. Click on “Leave a Comment” or “with 1 Comment” or “with [X number of] Comments” at the top of every post to see and leave comments.

Follow Me On Twitter

Twitter is where I post thoughts and quotes that will either become a full post here or is relevant to the topics we discuss here.  I’m also planning at least one Twitter/Blog series where one set of unique material will show up in my twitter stream that will correspond with a blog series I’m running here.  You can find me on Twitter @traviskolder.

Notes From The Margins

On a somewhat irregular basis I post a blog in my “Notes from the Margin” series.  The point of the series is not just what I’m finding in Scripture and what I write, but also what you’re finding in Scripture and what you’re writing about it.  If you have a blog, I’d love to see you take this series and do your own.  You can check out the guidelines for Notes from the Margins and read examples of the series here and here.

Email Me

I love interacting with readers of the blog.  Shoot me an email, say hi, show me the blog you’re writing or tell me about the work you’re doing, tell me what you’d like to see or what you’ve enjoyed so far.


Photo Credit: Dr Who by Aussiegal

I’m Back…

If you haven’t caught the twittering going on lately, I’ve been back from Ethiopia now for about one week.  There’s been a lot of catching up and transitioning going on, so I’ve been pretty silent here.

Travis and GizawEthiopia was amazing.  I will try and post some stories and photos soon, but I want to tell the stories in a way that’s fair for those who have been supporting me in prayer and through finances first.  Fairly shortly I will be writing an article for the House of Friends July (or August) newsletter, so I may post that here as well.  Thank you to everyone who encouraged, prayed, and gave to make this last trip possible.  It was definitely not in vain.

In the Lord, I need to get back into the secret place in a major way.  I’m realizing that I rely on the relationships around me as a primary conduit for revelation, insight, and motivation.  And while I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord uses relationships for that very purpose I’m realizing I have grown lazy in actually hearing from Him on things that are important.  I’ll probably have to confess that to my group of guys in the morning.

Lastly, I’m going to try and post here more in the future.  I won’t say how often my goal is lest I fail to make it and look like a fool, but I will tell you I want to post here more than I am.  It’s good to be back!

T

The Ethiopia Trip

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my latest adventures and I’ve barely written about the thing that has been keeping me the most busy.   I’ve been contemplating for almost a year now traveling with my friend John Gross to Ethiopia to begin the ground work for some strategic missions work there.  Our specific goal is to build relationships with believers in Ethiopia and lay the groundwork for an orphanage there.  Up until about two months ago it didn’t even seem like I would be able to go on the trip, so talking about it seemed premature.  When everything did come together it became obvious that we had to move quickly to get everything done.

So now, in less than three weeks, a team of four of us from our house church along with John, Gizaw, and three others from Kansas City will be venturing to Ethiopia to see what the Lord would do when we show up.  We would very much appreciate any prayer support we could get.   Also, if you’re heart is moved to give towards the cause, we would love that as well.  You can check out more details here if you’d like more information.

Because the time is short, if you decide to pray or give, leave a message in the comment section so I can connect with you somehow.  Prayer is especially needed and we are quickly working on an effective way to organize our prayer support.  Thanks to all of you who have become an amazing form of support to Christy and I.

We love you.

Travis

Related Posts:

When An Ethiopian Comes To Your House Church

House of Friends Newsletter (March)

Uganda Report by Travis Kolder

House of Friends Newsletter (March)

One of the areas of my life I’ve been a little bit silent about is my involvement with House of Friends.  House of Friends is a group of people that was brought together by this guy in January of 2008 in an attempt to launch missions movements all over the earth in the context of orphanages, night and day prayer, and church planting.

Since I’m a huge fan of caring for the poor, touching the nations, night and day prayer and church planting, being involved was real no-brainer for me.  I’ve been shocked at what Jesus has allowed us to be part of even though we aren’t very large.  This summer I’ll be part of a team going to Ethiopia to scout out some possibilities for more involvement there.  (You’ll probably here more about this later.)

Anyways, I’m going to make an effort to provide the cause a little more cover here on the blog, starting with publishing the most recent newsletter.  There is actually a little more in-depth article about our time with Gizaw and John Gross which I talked about here and a lot of information about how you can get involved helping widows, orphans, and the lost of the nations.   If you’re interest is piqued, you can check out our website here or join our cause on Facebook here.

Check out the newsletter here.  I will post more as they become available.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.  (James 1:27)

When an Ethiopian Comes To Your House Church

Quick update:  Today John, Gizaw, and Kenton from Kansas City shared a day with us here in Iowa.  We had been hoping for a few months to draw together some of the main players in our upcoming Ethiopia trip for a time of dialogue, team building, and interaction.

We started out the day with an off the hook word from Gizaw.  I had asked Gizaw to speak to us about “what the church in America can learn from the church of Ethiopia” and the Lord and Gizaw did not dissapoint.  Then it was off to the Starlite Room for some down home eating and Field of Dreams references, as well as a lot of intentional dialogue about what the trip to Ethiopia will look like both in the short and long term.  Then back to our house, where John shared about the vision of  House of Friends. He also shared a dream he had last night that was for our house church.  Then ensued a time of worship, prophecy, pizza, card games and chick flicks. (Note: not everyone participated in every activity.)  Oh, yeah, and Bryan danced a victory dance to Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.

Hopefully I’ll have a chance to give a more detailed report tomorrow.

T