the work of Elam in Iran

With the nation of Iran and the whole Middle East so often in the news these days, it’s exciting to find out what God is doing over there – even in the midst of turbulent times and questionable leadership in various countries. Rick Howard and Jeff Ward recently returned from a trip observing and experiencing [...]

3 Ways You Can Be Involved in Disaster Relief, including Moore, OK

This morning we gathered as a staff and spent some time praying for everyone affected by the devastating tornadoes that swept through Moore, Oklahoma last night. In seeking to live out Mark 12:31, our staff has been busy today  putting together a plan to help our body step up to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are in [...]

When God Moves Us: update from Amber

Earlier this week, our External Focus International Director, Rick Howard, wrote a Watermark young adult who has moved to Haiti to impact lives there through teaching at a Christian school. Amber Epley traveled on one of our Haiti Discipleship Trips earlier this year, and God used that experience to point her back to serving that country in longer-term [...]

mentor training recap – with audio!

We had a great training event / info session for Mercy Street Mentors last Wednesday! About 40 people gathered around some great Chick-fil-A wraps to hear from local experts on mentoring kids within the unique West Dallas setting. We recorded the live Q&A from the event, providing some great tips, ideas, and explanations for helping kids in [...]

Family Service Challenge – It’s On!

Time to rev up those motors and get the engine running on serving others!  The Family Service Challenge Kit contains devotionals to do as a family, as well as ideas for serving.  When you have completed the challenge, let us know; we would love to honor your efforts.  Ready…..Set…..SERVE! Family Service Challenge Kit

The Gospel…plain and simple!

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself

Register now for this special event, featuring Brian Fikkert, author of “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.” Where: The Hope Center | 2001 West Plano Pkwy | Plano, TX 75075 When: May 19, 2011 9am-5pm Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch) For more information and to register: Anyone [...]

Don’t miss Chuck Colson and others here next week!

If you’re not already aware, make plans to attend this panel discussion next Saturday, March 26! Hear Chuck Colson, David Naugle, Kelly Shackelford, David Stevens, John Stonestreet, and others… Here’s the information: Our culture is undergoing an ethical and moral breakdown of seismic proportions, and the implications reverberate through our families, workplaces, communities and all [...]

One of the greatest stories of 2011!

I love my friend Marvin…and if you haven’t heard his story, watch this.  It will bless you…and encourage you that transformation starts with “a conversation”. Join us we Glorify God. Mobilize the Body. Transform the Community and World! Watch at

Helping Your Community Group Have Kingdom Impact…

We recently did a break out session at the Community Group Leadership Conference on the issue of how to help your group engage and connect in service in our community.  The session is brief (less than 30 minutes) and is very practical.  Here’s the link to the audio: Here’s the link to a video interview [...]