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An update to the Staurolite foundation

24 Apr 2017

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so here are a few that will hopefully illustrate the work of the Staurolite foundation the last half of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. We covet your prayers as we

Real Mission work

10 Feb 2017

Yesterday we were privileged to go out with our friends and participate in training local “baby” Chris!$t!@ns in how to share the word. When we completed the training we shared a meal and then after a time of talking with

And we are off..

04 Feb 2017

Well today is the day. We head out this morning to begin the journey of almost 28 hours to India. If we could find a tv, and then if we could get the game, we could watch the Super Bowl

Nothing is as Good as it seems & Nothing is as bad as it seems

29 Jan 2017

Let me start with an apology of sorts, maybe an excuse or an explanation… I have been neglectful in meeting my own self imposed standards of posting to this page. And, while I am at, don’t expect it to get

Outdoor activities

01 Dec 2016

We are hip deep in elk hunts for wounded military service men in New Mexico while the staff of the New Hope school in Kolkata is also engaged in outdoor activities.

There is something about being out of doors that

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They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so here are a few that will hopefully illustrate the work of the Staurolite foundation the last half of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. We covet your prayers as we seek the plans the Good Lord has for the rest of this year and beyond.


Seasons change and we shifted gears and were off to India. We spent the majority of our time out in villages helping folks learn how to share the gospel. We went door to door with freshly trained believers as they shared the Good news with their friends and neighbors and we shared with folks as well. We made a quick visit to the New Hope school, We spent some time just hanging out with some old friends and meet some new ones as we visit folks who are striving to make the world a better place in a very dark and difficult place. And we had a little fund doing it all…


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We often visit a local church close by where we stay when we are in Texas. The one we often visit recently lost their pastor. They have had an interim and now have a local young man filling the pulpit. He spoke yesterday on “Peter’s Vision” from Acts 10. He changed the title to “God said go left”. His point was the world says go right, but when God says go left you need to go left. And my daily bible reading today was “coincidentally” Acts 10. As my good friend Pastor Steve tells me, every sermon should both challenge and encourage. We were encouraged as the trophy wife and I have made several turns that were in opposition to worldly choice. However, we were challenged as well. What is next for us and for the Staurolite foundation. Change is in the wind, and trust me the wind blows often and strong in the Texas panhandle.

Please be in prayer for us to have the wisdom and discernment to understand the plans the Good Lord has for us and the Staurolite foundation and the strength and courage to follow through.

Blessings to you and yours,


I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.            – 1 Timothy 2:1

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.–Ephesians 2:10, NLT

For God is working in your, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13 NLT

Cowboy Logic:If you are not living on the

edge, you’re taking up way too much space.”

Cowboy Logic: “Going faster in the wrong

direction is NEVER the right thing to do.”

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Yesterday we were privileged to go out with our friends and participate in training local “baby” Chris!$t!@ns in how to share the word. When we completed the training we shared a meal and then after a time of talking with the Father went out in small groups to share house to house in this small village. One older lady, a grandmother, who was very shy and reserved, very hesitant to speak at all in front of us and her friends during the training was as bold as a lioness out in the neighborhood. Our friend who went out with her watched. She would not pass a house with an open gate. She stopped and talked to people on the street. She did not want to quit. This quiet, humble, shy lady became bold when sharing the Good news. This lady exemplifies the lesson of Phillip from Acts 8. This housewife, just a regular person with minimal training, was willing. All the Father asks is that we be willing.

I have been told more than once by men who are a lot better trained, wiser, and more experienced than I that we go on mission not for what we can do for others or for the kingdom but for what the Good Father can and will do in us. We spend so much energy worrying about being trained, or having a certain degree when all the shepherd desires is willingness on our part.

Let me challenge you as this little old lady has challenged me to have a real burden for the lost. She took to heart that the king of the heavens will not return until all have heard of him and she is busy about telling. This is real mission work.

Step out of your comfort zone and tell someone near you today,


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Well today is the day. We head out this morning to begin the journey of almost 28 hours to India. If we could find a tv, and then if we could get the game, we could watch the Super Bowl a bit after sun up on Monday. Hopefully, we will be asleep during game time as we arrive there about 1:30 in the morning on Monday. We will spend the majority of our time working with faith groups and hopefully encouraging them as they interact with their friends and neighbors. We will travel by car and train back and forth from our base in the Baptist Missionary Center of Calcutta and in past years, have traveled by boat as well – I know it sounds like a bad country song. Travel in India is always interesting. We have been stranded by taxis with flats in the dark of the early morning. We have traveled on trains that were well ,,,,, lets say interesting. We  have to go with the flow and understand that whatever happens is the Good Lord’s plan for this trip.

We covet your prayers that the Good Lords purposes will be accomplished in us and through us as we go and interact with the folks the Good Lord has put in our path both on the trip over and during our time there and during the return. Hopefully, we will post here occasionally, but often internet is non-existent.

This is the 3rd year the Staurolite foundation has led the trip. We are truly honored to be able to make this trip and we thank you for your support,


You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16


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Let me start with an apology of sorts, maybe an excuse or an explanation… I have been neglectful in meeting my own self imposed standards of posting to this page. And, while I am at, don’t expect it to get much better in the coming weeks. We have been way too busy. I am not going to bore you with the details because I expect you are as busy as the trophy wife and I, and nobody likes a whiner. I am not whining- really. It is all Good stuff and we are honored to have the privilege to be involved in so much, but it has been busy. I actually wrote the post below a few days ago, but we have had internet issues along with me over scheduling.

Way back when I was an assistant football coach I worked for a guy who had a great influence on the young men he coached and on me – a young coach. DeWayne Sexton was a good man and a great leader. I learned more about leadership from DeWayne Sexton than from any book or lecture I attended on this journey of more than 30 years. DeWayne was a man who knew his limitations and was confident enough to ask for help. One of the best lessons he taught our young men, and I, was that nothing was quite as good as it seemed at the time and absolutely nothing was as bad as it seemed.

High school football is huge in Texas and folk’s attitudes and general feeling about the school and the community are often set and reset based on the performance of a bunch of 17-year-old young men. The place where we were coaching was no different, except they had not been successful in football in a long time. We handily beat a nearby school one Friday and the kids, parents, and well everybody was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning – they could not wait to get home and brag about the game. Well, as is normally the case, the excitement was short lived and the next week we got beat by a good team.  A team we should have beat, but a good team none the less. The excitement from the week before was long gone when Coach Sexton stood in front of the team after the game and said almost the same words as the last week, “…nothing is as good as it seems, and nothing is as bad as it seems.”

I spend a lot of time with men wounded in military service these days. Most of the time they teach me more than I can provide anything for them. We had 4 weeks of elk hunts this year with guys who had a wide variety of injuries. Some appeared to be unwounded and there were some who were wheelchair bound for the rest of their life. Amazing as it sounds, some of the most wounded have the best attitude and are truly making the most of their life. I am amazed at the guy who is in a wheel chair and we must load him on a trailer in his track chair to get him back in the woods where he will have a chance to even see an elk. Then we watch him headed down a two-track dirt road into the woods riding on that trailer doing the parade wave as if he is in a parade. Just amazing. I am in awe of the guy, who has both legs but one doesn’t work and he sleeps only every other day or so due to the memories, when he tells me his injury has made him more appreciative. He says things like, I would never have been here if I was not wounded. And, I am also amazed at the guy who seems to have everything going his way – not one of these guys wounded in military service – and all he does is complain. Yet, the vast majority of these guys who have sacrificed so much would do it again in a second – even knowing they would get injured again.

Let me challenge you and challenge me to enjoy the good times and not put too much emphasis on the bad times. I can’t speak for you, but I tend toward the highs and the lows and don’t always have the faith that the Good Lord is still in charge and He has a purpose in allowing everything that happens. I don’t always take the long view and look past the momentary good or bad circumstances. So, please take the long view and look past this momentary time of prosperity or challenge. Trust me, I have read ahead to the end, and even though I forget most of the time, the good guy wins.

Be Purposeful,


Leadership on Purpose

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. -Proverbs 17:27, NLT

The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. –Psalm 103:13, NLT

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.  And do everything with love. –1 Cor 16:13-14, NLT

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.-Proverbs 3:5, NLT

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.–Proverbs 3:6, NLT

Cowboy Logic: Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain


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We are hip deep in elk hunts for wounded military service men in New Mexico while the staff of the New Hope school in Kolkata is also engaged in outdoor activities.


There is something about being out of doors that is good for our hearts and souls. We get refreshed, rejuvenated, refocused even. When we participate in exercise it releases endorphins in our blood. The definition of endorphins – according to the internet – is any of a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions. They are peptides that activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect. It was explained to me much simpler – in the blood morphine. It makes us feel good. We forget about our pain – often our emotional pain. Exercise in general makes a body good – to steal a marketing quote. But outdoor exercise seems to magnify or maybe multiply the effect of exercise.


The children of the New Hope school live in the Udayan Pally slum area of New Town, Kolkata, India. They live in a very small, maybe 12 foot square house. Some of the houses are mud, some are masonry, and some are simple cane poles stuck in the ground with a piece of plastic thrown away on a construction site wrapped around the poles. They have a 10 or so foot space in front of their “house” – which is a dirt thoroughfare for the village. So, they have no space. And no place to play. A day or three of outdoor activities is like a trip to an amusement park for folks in the good ole spoiled US of A.


As for the wounded warriors, well they are often limited by what they can do as well. The elk hunts allow many of them to experience something they could never even imagine. I don’t know about you, but through the grace and favor of the Good Lord, I have been able to experience many things that were well outside my imagination. Maybe my vision, or my view, or my expectations, of me and for me have not been big enough, but that is not the case for these military men. They are limited. To give someone the opportunity to experience something they could not imagine and to do it in the name of Jesus has not only immediate reward, but it has eternal as well, and the gift is multiplied when it is done in the name of Jesus.


We sow these Good gifts of simple outdoor activities in the hope that the Father will allow someone else to water, to weed, to fertilize, and that at His appointed day there will be a harvest. I do not know about you, but I enjoy giving gifts. I have a strict principal on gift giving – I strive to only give what I would myself want or value. Let me encourage you as we enter this season of giving in honor of the birth of the son of God to give according to what He has actually asked for, which is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, to love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

May the Father of the Christ child Bless and Prosper you as you look to follow His plan for your life,


34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did itto one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’  Matthew 25:34-40

Cowboy Logic: The person who wants something will find a way.The person who doesn’t will find an excuse. 

Cowboy Logic: “ Going to church makes you a Christian about as much as sitting in a hen house makes you a chicken.”



H4H (Hunt for Heroes) 2013 Elk Hunt



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It is testing time in the New Hope school. Yes, students all over the world participate in standardized testing. As a life long educator from a family of educators I assume the position that the vast majority of teachers are providing a high quality academic education for their students. Having personally observed hundreds of teachers from all across the world I am confident in my assumption. However, we live in a world where the government of our country, be it the United States or India or……, has determined what it believes are the most important information for students to have in order to prove they have progressed academically. Thus – we have standardized testing in all parts of the world, even in a slum school on the outskirts of Kolkata, India.


Please join us in praying for the students and the teachers of the New Hope school as students are given the opportunity to have a basic education in English language skills, math, and science while they are being introduced to the love of Jesus Christ. These children come from an environment that provides little hope for a better future. The New Hope school is providing them with new hope – both in a way out of the slum through education and in the realization that Jesus has love for them and Good plans for them.


Here are some men who have passed another type of test. These men are truly givers – servants if you will. They have been willing to sacrifice a big portion of their life and well being for us all. And by us all, I don’t mean only citizens of the United States. These men served in some very difficult parts of the world putting their life on the line to give folks a better life in living situations that are difficult for most of us to even imagine. They proved up in the test. Let me encourage you to give a word of thanks for the American military service men and women who have been willing to put their life on the line to make the world better.


It is a Blessing for Cheryl and I to hang out with these true American heroes as they hunt for the majestic elk – to quote one of our hunters from last season. While the success rate on actual harvest of an elk is low – the success rate on good times and appreciation is high.


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The work of the Staurolite foundation is year round. We are gearing up for the fall elk hunts for wounded military service men and women even as investments made in India on past mission trips are continuing to bear fruit. Please read below some recent stories of how the Staurolite foundation is supporting people with feet on the ground in southeast Asia sharing the gospel on a daily basis. Please join us all in praying for these people who are truly doing the Good deeds God has planned for them. They are loving, disciplining, and planting the seeds of the gospel on a daily basis. We do not share the names of the workers because persecution of Christians is active in southeast Asia. We often say how Blessed we are to have the privilege of hunting elk with true American heroes, well these folks are truly heroes of the Christian faith and we are doubly Blessed to be able to work alongside them and support them and their work.

My mother called over the phone to aunty (school principal) at midnight to come to my house. Aunty came next day morning and came to know that my own father……
Aunty rescued me from the hell and brought me to her own house.
I became her elder daughter. I got a ready made father, mother, brother and sister!My new family is very good. I have been staying for the last 3 years with them.
I never feel like a stranger to this family. Within these years, I have completed my 8th standard. Please pray for me.
I am going to write my 9th and 10th standard final Test). Pray that I may get a Private Tutor. God may be our provider.
I am grateful to STAUROLITE FOUNDATION for their support.

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The Staurolite foundation has been providing financial support to this pastor and his wife as they have literally taken this child into their family. There are many other children who are abused by parents, left alone during the day with no opportunity for school or no hope for a better life. The New Hope school, located in the Udayan Pally slum area of Kolkata, offers new hope for these children and for their parents. The children are given a basic education in English and math even as they are taught about Christ and his love and sacrifice for them.

Below are pictures of a training in southeast Asia. A  rechargeable video projector which was donated by the Staurolite foundation is being used to provide teaching materials on the book of Acts to a group of ethnic believers. There are native pastors who are out in the villages sharing the gospel and training people in the gospel of Christ. There are short-term visits by folks from America and we have many long-term workers there among these natives helping to disciple them. These believers were born and raised in a religion that many in America and across the world are warring against right now. We hear of failed efforts to defeat these groups who have terrorists among them and here we have an example of how to defeat the belief system that leads to the destructive behavior. The world is not changed by war but through love and training.

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In the past, in order to show the Jesus film or use video for a training, a generator, projector, sound system, and speakers were carried by car and then often packed by men a good distance into remote villages to share the gospel. The rechargeable projector is the size of a projector you would attach to your computer and is easily carried with an extra battery by one person. During our own visits we have seen crowds of 300 and more come and watch the Jesus film. Many are led to salvation as a result of the showing. Please join us in praying for these bold heroes of the modern-day Christian faith who are daily in remote areas sharing the gospel and disciplining believers.

Thank you  for your prayerful support,


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Bikash Mondal

Hi my name is Bikash .I love to study but my father dose not want me to  study because my father is a drunkard and most of time he bit my mom. My mom is a mad-servant. Many  days , she could not go to work because father bit her and fell sick. our economic condition is not good. So  me and my sister go to earn money with my mother. After whole day  hard work I get  little money, but I had dream to go to school  . I was thinking ,how  can it  possible. One day my dream came true by   New hope mission school. Now my mom learn   sewing and cutting course  from new hope school. She work in a sewing shop get some good money. I also like to try to take good care of my health. I even take a health supplement that works great. It is natural and it is kind of like taking daily vitamins, it makes you feel better on a daily basis. If you would like to check it our for yourself you can review here. Now  I am a regular student of New hope School and  also a regular student of Sunday school. I love my Jesus

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Kamala Roy

Hi, I am Kamala mother of Anjali Roy . My husband is a labour, where I am a house wife. I wanted to study more, but could not fulfill my desire. I had to marry in early age. I have one son and one daughter. I wanted my daughter to be educate. I found this school. This school is very good. These teachers are very good and take care my child very well. I do not want my daughter to be a maid not want her to marry in early age. I will fulfill all her desire. In New Hope School ,she is learning good manner .

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We Americans, particularly American males tend to be competitive. We are score keepers by nature of our culture. I am often asked upon my return from mission how many people – actual bodies – we saw come to the knowledge of the saving Grace of Jesus.

I must confess, I often fall into the trap of believing the work we are doing is not successful because we did not see many people come to know Jesus.  Samuel ( again name changed to protect from persecution) a native pastor here in India, said repeatedly yesterday how rewarding it is to share the gospel, to plant the seed of the word of the Good news of Jesus. I watched Steven who I referred to in the previous post get flat out excited by all of us sharing the gospel.

The great part is I had prayed the night before for a word from God to affirm we are doing what He has planned – what is pleasing him. I did not have to wait long, just a couple hours until we stopped on the road to a village when Ralph( name changed) a native church planter that I had only met a couple hours before, told me how encouraging it is to them for us to come and work alongside the local national pastors.

Two affirmations for the price of one prayer. Gods local church planter saying thank you for the encouragement and another who is a national native trainer of pastors – a true hero & warrior of the faith- stating over and over the results are not up to us. Our role is to be obedient, show up, and share.

I do believe we need to regularly look back and check our results to be sure we are bearing fruit, but our responsibility – our role- is not to keep score but to simply be obedient to the call on our life and leave the results up to The Lord.

let me challenge you to get out and till some soil,  plant some seed, water some young Christians, do what pleases God and tell people about Him.  Let the Holy Spirit do its work. And for the record, we have seen quite a few folks pray to receive Christ each day!! But, as for encouragement – one of our ladies got to sew with the girls of one of the rescue organizations – where girls are rescued from the sex industry. You haven’t seen encouragement like watching a bunch of young women who have been rescued from the sex trade giggling like a bunch of junior high girls with some Americans – that’s good stuff right there!



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