I believe in the power of the kitchen.

I believe in the power of the kitchen. Kitchens build community. Demonstrate love. Relieve tension. Facilitate friendships. Feed bellies. A few years ago, I lived with a sweet southern gal named Melissa (better known to me as MNM). MNM’s a couple years older, married, and much more domestic than I was at the time. She knew how to cook shrimp[…]

Bridge Happenings – March 2017

Here’s a friendly recap of March at The Bridge. Summer Job OpeningsThe Bridge was awarded 6 Summer AmeriCorp positions (4 Summer AmeriCorps VISTA Associate positions for an 8-week term and 2 Summer RefugeeRISE Positions for a 10-week term).  Applications are accepted from now until April 28.  The Summer AmeriCorp positions will work with youth in[…]

The Bridge is hosting the Empowered to Connect Conference

The Bridge of Storm Lake will host the Empowered to Connect simulcast on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 from 9AM to 5PM each day. Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children.   Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope[…]

we ain’t ever gonna give up

He hadn’t been able to arrange a planter to pull behind the tractor, so Jay had gone at it by hand, trying to beat the coming rain. He had planted about 3,000 feet of sweet corn, and there were another 600 feet left. His young helpers were a group of kids, raking dirt clods out of the[…]

Building Bridges

Building bridges takes more than structurally-sound triangles and a solid blueprint.  In this case, it demands intentionality, surrender, grace, deep love, and true [splagchnizomai] compassion. It requires stepping outside yourself and comfort zone. Meeting your neighbors.  Living out the gospel.  Loving even, especially, when it’s hard. Anne is sharing her family’s story over at Front Porch[…]