The make-shift store had finally been set up.  It wasn’t anything spectacular but somehow we were able to fill the entire basement of the 316 House with mostly new gifts that had been donated the previous two weeks.  Though we had delivered invitations to our neighbors in the row houses, we…(Read More)

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Why Adopt?

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As this blog is posted my wife, eldest son and myself are on a plane en route to China (leaving behind our 3-year old and 18-month old with Papa and JuJu).  In mid-December of last year we began the arduous international adoption process.  After just a few months we were…(Read More)

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I am certain that I would not be at the Fellowship House (CLDI’s urban internship program) if not for my wife. Before we got married we had talked in very unspecific terms about doing some sort of spiritual formation or discipleship program early in our marriage before we became tied down to a job…(Read More)

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Light

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I suppose those who know me might consider me somewhat of a “runner”.  Though I certainly don’t run marathons or even half-marathons all that often, it is safe to say that I typically find myself hitting the asphalt 3-4 times a week.  There are several reasons I enjoy running: 1…(Read More)

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It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around God.  It seems the more I try to understand His ways and how He works, the more astonished I am.  I mean, take a look at the guy!  In a vapor He formed intricate galaxies.  In one word the powerful mountains…(Read More)

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The Sai

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In October of 2008 my wife and I had the opportunity to visit my family back West while we were living in Memphis, TN.  Memphis had been home since the fall of 2002 as my wife was attending medical school at UT Health Science Center.  Shelly and I love the West.  We…(Read More)

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Each year CLDI is blessed to host interns to work with us in our efforts of seeking to redevelop the South Side.  Not only do these interns provide us additional laborers to engage our community, but I am also provided the opportunity to invest spiritually in the lives these young people that have an…(Read More)

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“Go to ACE, tell them you’re patching up a wall and they’ll get you what you need.”  Simple enough for a girl who has no brains when it comes to fixing things like holes in drywall.  I just always assumed I would add that to my “Reasons to Get Married” list…(Read More)

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*The following is a letter written by Judy Basye to Eric Basye (her son) and her brother Terry. Judy is a true disciple of Jesus and resides in Jackson, Wyoming.Good morning Eric and Terry,I am currently reading through the Bible – just finished Joshua and now reading Judges. As I read I am also…(Read More)

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In July 2011, I started a project as a VISTA. My assignment is to develop an adult literacy program targeting the South Side of Billings where statistically, the needs are the highest. As I’ve learned by assessing, comparing, computing, and picking people’s brains for information, I’ve also learned the direction that God…(Read More)

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My Community

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My community is an open one. It continues to surprise me how open the people are with what goes on in their lives. Well-to-do neighbors and friends of the suburban culture are uneasy with vulnerability. They hide the embarrassing problems in their relationships with family or the “black sheep” of the family and…(Read More)

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*The following is a blog from some dear friends of CLDI, co-laborers with us in seeking His Kingdom here in the South Side. I trust that you will be greatly encouraged by their story. Please note that we have changed the names in the blog.At the beginning of this year John and I…(Read More)

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A HUGE Praise

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This is too big to not mention… how awesome is our God? On a regular basis I make it a priority to spend time either walking or running (quite literally) the streets of my community, the South Side. It does a few things for me… 1) provides time to “view” the neighborhood from a much…(Read More)

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Nine months. When I first moved to Billings back in August, I remember thinking that nine months was going to feel like an eternity. Sitting here now on May 26th, all I can think of is, “Where did the time go?” It simply flew by, and trust me when I say this, I wish it…(Read More)

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I wonder how many of us professing Christians truly think about discipleship? I believe it is fair to say that we live in a time and place where it is quite easy to be a follower of Jesus. We can meet freely and publically, we can download a plethora of sermons from iTunes, we have…(Read More)

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John Deere Mowers

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Repairing ‘punch holes’ in walls is a skill I never imagined I would need to learn. I also never thought I would be driving a pick-up truck, pulling a trailer, and spending more time on a John Deere mower than in my own car. Leading youth in lawn and landscape projects…pretty sure if…(Read More)

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It all began several months ago in the spring, just as the weather took a turn for the better and neighbors began to emerge from their homes after a long cold winter. Walking down the back alley on my way to work I saw her, my six-year-old neighbor. Walking by and saying hello…(Read More)

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As I begin writing this post it is the 1st of the month. For companies like ours, where we provide affordable housing to many people in South Billings, this day marks the day that rent is due. Have any of you ever been a landlord? Well, I have to tell you that this venture of…(Read More)

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It’s hard to explain my experiences in Bangladesh. Probably because I feel words don’t do it justice and pictures cannot seem to capture all there is to witness. Simply finding three phrases to encompass all the sights, sounds, feelings, and intensity seems absolutely impossible. The words I choose seem to keep changing, and…(Read More)

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Risk is Right

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“If our single, all-embracing passion is to make much of Christ in life and death, and if the life that magnifies him most is the life of costly love, then life is risk, and risk is right. To run from it is to waste your life” – John Piper.This quote has been the echo…(Read More)

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There are days I wonder what we are doing here in the South Side. Walking down the back alley from our house, I couldn’t help but notice the condemned building that has been sitting there ever since I moved to this community, a real eye-sore to those who behold it. I also happened…(Read More)

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