As we passed row house after row house on our way into Dundalk, MD Thursday morning, I was taken to memories my bride shared with me of her childhood in this very area. Some blocks we passed are still neat and well kept, many show signs of neglect and years of obvious challenges. The snow […]Read more "Church of the Harbor"
I had the pleasure of spending the past couple of days traveling to a city we all know, but few truly understand. My bride cut her teeth, literally, in the Dundalk – Essex area of Baltimore, Maryland. However, the Maryland her family left in the late 70’s is a faint memory. The city is clearly […]Read more "A faint Memory of what once was"
We have had a fantastic mission and fact finding trip to Eastern Europe. Thursday afternoon of last week Mike and I arrived in Chisinau, Moldova and headed directly for the hotel to recoup from the travel over. Ghena picked us up at 11:30 a.m. Friday and we started our journey North to Larga picking up […]Read more "Moldova-Romania Mission Update"
As I sit in the cold waiting area of a favorite tire store run by an Hispanic family of believers, I am reminded of second chances and fresh starts. This morning as we celebrated 23 years of marriage Kim and I had the honor of reading a lengthy letter by a friend asking those who […]Read more "New year, new chance to live"
As I sit at the table eating a ham sandwich, I am reminded again of the many blessings which surround me. From the sound of two Littles playing in the yard to the Labrador begging at my heel, I am truly a blessed man. My bride is toiling away in the kitchen, folding laundry (it […]Read more "Grateful"
This has been an amazing four years. Wow, I can hardly believe I just typed that. Four years have already passed since we launched River of Leland. Is that even possible? September 18, 2010 I only had a concept of what River might become. We knew that we wanted to reach Leland. That would mean both “new” […]Read more "Humbled. River Church – Four years and counting!"
In case you’ve been on Mars for the past three months, life has been a bit of a whirlwind for River Church and the McIntyre family. In February River signed her very first lease on a gracious space in the Leland Industrial Park. From that point things started moving quickly forward and then the totally […]Read more "Pretty Awesome Three Months"
Yesterday was Valentines’ Day. I had a romantic evening planned too. We were going to drop the kiddos off at a play center then have a nice, relaxed dinner to celebrate 22 Valentines’ days together. About 10:30 a.m. the plan started to change. Kim called while I was working at a coffee shop to ask […]Read more "Romance"
My morning is almost surreal as I sit amidst a crowd of people on laptops, smart phones, tablets and bubbling conversations. The cars are wrapped around the building waiting for long awaited Starbucks nectar. Cars are racing by headed to work, play, and who knows what else. I see at least three friends of mine […]Read more "How Surreal"
One year ago as I boarded the plane for Moldova, my mind was clouded and full of questions all at one time. That trip marked what I would consider the absolute lowest point in my ministry. Suffice it to say, that is saying A LOT. River was experiencing negative growth, close friends I never thought […]Read more "What a difference a year makes"