Judgment Day

Ben GriffisBlog

Judgment Day, Literally A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting amongst nearly 60 other people waiting to be heard by a judge. A month prior I had received a ticket for an expired license … Read More



Papa I have six grandkids. (I know, I look much too young to have grandchildren….but that is beside my point!)  And, I love these kids. This summer Jennie and I took three of the older … Read More

Reflections from the Road


Reflections from the Road Recently, my wife Jennie and I returned from two long trips in the Midwest.  We traveled through six states (Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana), and several large cities (Kansas … Read More

The Fear of Loving Your Neighbor

Nick MartineauBlog

The Fear of Loving Your Neighbor As we’ve gone through this Meet Your Neighbor series I’ve had many of you reach out and share how this series has challenged you to get out and meet … Read More

Breaking Down Walls


Breaking Down Walls This week’s newsletter is written by longtime Hopester and Leadership Team Chair, Joel Ybarra. As we grow, we must break down walls. I, for one, will tell you that my growth as … Read More


Nick MartineauBlog

Reflection What do you do when you have nothing to do? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 I’ve always been a “people watcher.” Whether I … Read More


Steve WeldonBlog

I am writing this a few days early so by the time you read this I will already be on my Sabbatical. What a great and wise gift this has been and is for the … Read More

Pesky Wasp

Nick MartineauBlog

Pesky Wasp A couple years ago, I was mowing the yard and unknowingly got too close to a wasp nest. You can probably guess what happened next. One of those pesky guys flew right at … Read More


Nick MartineauBlog

Pierre A couple weeks ago while in Haiti, I met a man named Pierre. Pierre lived in a Haitian village called Leveque. Leveque is what they call a “Blue Tent” village, but was truly more … Read More


Nick MartineauBlog

Jezi, Millennials, & Family Ministry Just over a week ago, my family and 14 college-aged Hopesters hopped on a plane and headed to Haiti. Three of our students had never been on a plane before, … Read More