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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Point of Reflection: Kind Words

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This has been a very interesting month!  

Quite event full to say the least!  

In our Family Life System, we are doing a "Think Orange" small group.  We are reading together the book called Think Orange by Reggie Joiner.  If you have been checking out my blog for any amount of time you would know that I am really into Orange.  If you do not know what Orange is feel free to check out that time I caught Orange-itis, or when Orange Tour kinda came to my church also, that time I went to Orange Conference 2016.

Well in this small group, we had this particulate ice-breaker a few weeks back that I thought was really interesting. We were given pieces of paper. The papers were stuck to our backs.  Then we had to go around and write on the backs of people saying what you thought of them writing things that they may not know.   So it was obviously done in anonymity.   Well were my results:

I was totally floored by what some people wrote on my paper.  I had no clue that they even thought this way.  I mean I know the reality exist that they could have been trying to be nice.  However, I would like to think it was real.

I am sharing this story because it sets up for my point of reflection.  This weekend, I experienced what to date was the most terrifying event in my life.  I won't go into all the details but God provided a way of escape and peace to kept me calm as I went through it.  I am still here to tell the story.  So as I look on this list, I am so happy that I got to see what people had to say about me rather than these kind words being said at a more sad occasion.

The sense of renewal I have is to ensure that I share kind words with those whom I love dearly and ensure that they know that they are Loved and I care for them.  If you are reading this blog, I hope you can do the same!

Lastly, I will be sharing some awesome changes that I will be embarking on FOR REAL THIS TIME!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

And the Winner is....

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This post has been a long time coming! I did win this contest and I am super pumped that I did.

Thank you to all my family, friends and well wishers who pushed this to help me get votes.

It was an interesting journey to say the least! 

I am just thankful that I get to explore more of my personality and creativity with opportunities like this.  Shout out to BTC for really awesome opportunities!

Happy to know that people out "there" who actually appreciate it!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thank you thus far! ONLY two more days left!

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Hi Friends!!!

As you have seen by my previous blog post, I have entered into a Video Competition with a local phone company, Bahamas Telecommunications Cooperation, otherwise known as BTC.  

Well this competition is under the theme, BTC Limitless Summer!  I decided to look at the concept of Going to the Island but forgetting to top up with phone credit.  Luckily, BTC covers the entire Bahamas so my mother could send me credit from anywhere in the Bahamas. So yeah that was the concept I used.  I got my mom involved and she helped with the project. It was pretty cool! My mother is a natural at acting/role-playing.  Well she is a teacher and has been playing different roles for most of her career. 

The competition literally has 2 more days in it and I have come a long way from 12 votes! Yet, I refuse to rest on my laurels rather I will keep on pushing and using the internet to get them votes!  

Nevertheless,  I would like to pause to say A BIG THANK YOU!!!  
Thank you to everyone that has voted so far, OVER AND OVER AGAIN! 


So there is only 2 more days of this and then I am done (for now lol)


Please vote here - http://wshe.es/u2sWfqAf one more time for me please. 

I will remind you again in 24 hours.

Thanks so much once again.
#BTCLimitlessSummer 
#BjornBeOnIt

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Vote for Bjorn!!!

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Hi There!

Bjorn here again with another video....contest! (smile)

For those of you who know me or been heard of me, you know that I love to do these internet challenges and/or contest.  I have won a few and that has been awesome!

Well, I have recently entered another one and this time I need you help.  I think this is by best work yet because I got my mom to show off her "acting" skills.  She was really intrigued.  So I would really like to celebrate this video with a win!!! So here is how you can help my mom and I win!

Click this link here -------->>>>> http://wshe.es/u2sWfqAf

Then hit the VOTE button.



Thank you so much.  Your vote will go a long way!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My First Trip To Haiti

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This year has been absolutely phenomenal so far.  I can not begin to tell how much this year has transformed my life.  It is really amazing when you feel like you are living in purpose and God continues to blow your mind.  I am so happy to be on this journey and I look forward to sharing more and more as it unfolds.

Well as the title suggests this blog post will be about my first visit to Haiti. 

In the western hemisphere, Haiti is a country that has been look upon with a sense of contempt or condemnation. There is so much negativity surrounding Haiti.  This is very unfortunate.  Unfortunately, I am not completely sure of all of the reasons that this is so.  Nevertheless, on my visit to Haiti this year I was pleasantly surprised.

I saw a country that was determined to make it.  Clearly over the years Haiti has seen so good times and some really really horrible times but the underlying current in Haiti is one of resilience.  This was evident of the amount of people on the road moving about or selling a wide variety of products just to make an honest living.  Is there crime and miscreant activity in Haiti, OF COURSE.  Yet in spite of this it appears that the majority of people just want to make an honest living to take care of their own.

This trip was only a few days but I do plan on going back to Haiti some day and spending longer and seeing much much more.  Nevertheless, I am happy to be working with a great team of individuals who are embarking on a mission to change the landscape of Haiti in any way we can.  We are lead by Dr. Mercidieu "Phil" Phillips and our goal is to raise up and train hundreds of leaders in Haiti who will carry out the work of change in their local context. To see more about the work we are doing in Haiti go to http://www.levelupleadershipinstitute.org/.

Well feel free to check out my vlog about the time that I spent in Haiti!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Blogging Again!

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Wow!  It has been a long long while since I have written on this blog.  

So much has happened since the last time I have written here. I mean I find time to write everywhere else though.

Well this is a bridge to a new future. I would like to keep it going though.  I think I will.

This is to new blogs coming regularly.  I will write about life, family, work/ministry and anything else fun that I can think about.  

To me:  HAPPY BLOGGING!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Orange Conference Comes to The Bahamas...Kinda

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If you have been a follower of this blog for any amount of time you would have realized that I really love ORANGE

THINK ORANGE
Orange not as in the colour rather the Comprehensive Family Life Ministry Strategy/Curriculum.  

Check out more on ORANGE here: whatisorange.org

Every year the people who bring you ORANGE have a huge conference and guess what is called?  Yup, you guess it The Orange Conference.  I was so happy to get to go to #OC16 in April after missing the previous year. So much Fun and Learning!  It was an awesome blessing to get to OC16 this year by the way. Check that Story here: I am on my way to Orange Conference 2016!

So here is the thing, Orange Conference is pretty much AWESOME in every way.  You get so much from it!  However, what do you do in between til the next conference? Well you can attend Orange Tours. However, The Bahamas isn't one of the tour stops for OT16.  Well that doesn't stop us here. 

Bahamas Harvest Church has been using the Orange Strategy and Curriculum for a number of years.  This has proven to be a great move for the Family Life Department as it allows for the harmonization of the ministry as they minister to toddlers straight up to college age young adults.  By the way, the ministry laborers make it a point to go to the Orange Conference every year to enhance their knowledge and stay sharp. Also, they have special workshops for the team which also helps those who may not have had the opportunity to go to the main conference to get the great training. 

Well this year Adam Duckworth, joined us at Bahamas Harvest Church for the Orange Workshop.  Adam is the Lead Communicator at Downtown Harbor Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the author of "Not Normal - 7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers" and a communicator at Orange.  So he is amply qualified. 


The Orange Workshop weekend began on Friday night, as Bahamas Harvest Church Family Life Ministry kicked of the night with a FX presentation.  FX is short for Family Experience which gives a glimpse of what will be taught that month in Children's Ministry. Afterwards, Pastor Mario taught a moving message called "It's Just A Phase"(Check out the video).  This message was so thought provoking.  I left challenged to engage every step of the way in the lives of my daughters and the young people I come into contact with. Lastly, Adam taught on "Thinking Orange".  He broke down the 5 gauges of the Orange Strategy based on the book "Think Orange".  Well by the misfortune of using technology sometime you lose things and I lost all my notes from this book.  However, you can find more info from the book by getting it. Buy Think Orange book here.

On Saturday, we spent time in a general session afterwards we broke up in groups.  We engaged in another great time as well in order to get equipped for ministry in Family Life. Adam kicked off the day with a teaching/training for volunteers.


Volunteers were challenged to be "Not Normal" based on the main points from the book that he co-authored "Not Normal: 7 quirks of Incredible Volunteers".  I liked the term "quirks" cause it just sounds weird, kinda like volunteers who show up week after week to go beyond themselves to minister to children and teenagers.  This is weird when the world says "Me first, others second."

Thankfully for this session managed to still have the notes for. Yippee!!!

Check them out here on Evernote: Adam Duckworth "Not Normal" at Bahamas Harvest Church.

This pretty much wrapped up The Orange Workshop weekend at Bahamas Harvest Church.  As I reflect on all that we discussed, I realized more and more why we have to be so intentional about ministry to children and youth. Its about introducing children to Jesus, who has really come to give us all more than we can ever think.  It takes a person showing up every week and being there on Monday to help a child to know that Jesus loves them and has a great plan for their lives no matter what they are going through right now. We have to be so intentional because really we never know how much we investing in today can have a lasting influence on a better tomorrow. I know I want to have a better tomorrow, don't you? 
Some how invest in the next generation today!