Among the Most Vulnerable

Among the Most Vulnerable

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

His Name is Daniel

His Name is Daniel

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

Racism

Racism

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

The Road of the Wilderness

The Road of the Wilderness

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

A Changed Perspective: Challenged to Hope

A Changed Perspective: Challenged to Hope

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

A Christmas Reflection

A Christmas Reflection

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

Oasis

Oasis

*The following reflection was written by one of CLDI’s newest interns, Colin Sauskojus. We are thankful for His provision of such gifted, talented, and Jesus-oriented young people to further our gospel work in the South Side of Billings. At this time, I was in the...

WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN

WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN

*The following is Part 1 of 2 journal reflections written while on sabbatical as my family and I traveled overseas this past June. I feel frustrated, vocationally speaking. For a number of months, I have lacked a sense of passion in what I do. I am finding that I am...

Messy Abundance

Messy Abundance

I love the freshness that comes with the beginning of a New Year. As a creature of habit, much to the dismay of my wife and kids at times, I function best when I align myself with healthy rhythms in my life. One such rhythm is that of seeing the New Year as a season...

How NOT to Love Your Neighbor

How NOT to Love Your Neighbor

*The following blog was written 8 years ago in the fall of 2010. Today I was confronted with one of the most basic, yet comprehensive teachings of Jesus – love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  One would think that after years of studying His Word and trying to...

Mzungu! Where Are You Going? by Ashley Hatmaker

Mzungu! Where Are You Going? by Ashley Hatmaker

*This past July, Ashley Hatmaker, a CLDI Youth Works staff, took one of our South Side youth, Sabrina, on a 3 week mission trip to Uganda. We have been blessed to work with Sabrina the past six years and watch her grow into a young woman passionately in love with...

Firmly Rooted

Firmly Rooted

Over the past 12 months it has been apparent to me that CLDI has been undergoing a season of transformation. Needless to say, a lot has happened since June of 2017. For one, we started the renovation of the old Labor Building (otherwise known as Katapheugó) in August...

Sins and Souls

Sins and Souls

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not...

Did You Hear?

Did You Hear?

Did you hear? The Basye clan is moving overseas… or so we thought. Going back as far as our dating relationship, almost 17 years ago, Shelly and I have discussed and prayerfully considered our role in taking the gospel to the nations. In fact, we moved to Montana with...

Through the Eyes of an Intern

Through the Eyes of an Intern

Moving to the South Side has not been what I expected. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what I expected! It must have been something along the lines of becoming best friends with all our neighbors and having deep conversations with them all the time. So far we’ve only...

The Power of the Incarnate

The Power of the Incarnate

As we welcome another New Year, we do so on the heels of a season commemorating the birth of Jesus. For the past few days I have been contemplating the power of the incarnate – God came to dwell in the flesh as a babe born in a manger. During a Christmas Eve service,...

Faith Like a Grain of Mustard Seed

Faith Like a Grain of Mustard Seed

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, ESV) Have you ever attempted to do something that was really...

Campout Turned Slumber Party

Campout Turned Slumber Party

This summer Youth Works has been filled with taking our South Side youth on day hikes, camp trips, and backpacking. As we looked towards the last stretch of summer, Ashley (fellow Youth Works staff) and I were hoping to take some of our friends in 4th, 5th, and 6th...

Saturday Stroll

Saturday Stroll

*The following article contains some controversial language used by those depicted in the story. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and a rare one at that as at 7:30am all of my kids were still asleep.  Having been up for some time to read, pray, and be with the...

CLDI Internship Reflections

CLDI Internship Reflections

So, it's never been more obvious that I can do nothing apart from Christ.  I can't get out of bed well without His abiding presence.  I can't even do a good job speaking with someone, unless Christ indwells my everything.  This time as an intern has simultaneously...

Loving Your Enemies

Loving Your Enemies

Jesus said, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes the sun to rise on the evil...

Beautiful Moments

Beautiful Moments

*The following blog is written by Kaylee Thompson.  Kaylee strives to make the gospel known and disciple young people in the South Side of Billings as part of our youth program we refer to as Youth Works. This winter to spring has absolutely flown by in my world....

Kingdom Ethics

Kingdom Ethics

On a regular basis I am confronted with the question:  Is Jesus truly worth following?  I don’t mean the Jesus that our culture propagates, but rather, the Jesus of the Bible.  He Himself calls us to consider the cost, for the way of following Him is one of laying...

Through New Eyes by Ashley Hatmaker

Through New Eyes by Ashley Hatmaker

I’ve lived in Billings my entire life, and I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve grown up with, and maintained, a pretty negative view of the South Side. “Don’t go there.” “Don’t hang out there.” “Don’t hang out with people who hang out there.” “And, by all means, don’t...

Mar-toos

Mar-toos

In recent weeks I have been blessed by a study of the book of Acts.  Two truths in particular have stood out to me: Jesus’ affirmation that we will be His witnesses, and second, the power that exists with the name of Jesus.  Prior to ascending to heaven after His...

Redeemed

Redeemed

*The following is written by a friend and sister-in-Christ, Mandy.  A few weeks back I (Eric) had the privilege of sitting with her on the front porch of the Hannah House as she shared her story of transformation with me.  Though I had not initially remembered, I had...

Gospel Intentionality

Gospel Intentionality

For those of us in Christian circles, when you think of the word ministry, what comes to mind?  If you had to describe what ministry was, or who was responsible for such activity, what would you say?  According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, ministry is defined as...