Over Two Thousand Years Ago…

Dear Friends,This will be an exciting day for me! We’re celebrating the birth of our Lord with the family this afternoon—on Christmas Day! For a long time, this has not been possible for a whole host of reasons, but this year is different, and it just feels good!...

Hope has a Reason

We all have those years when Christmas doesn’t really feel like Christmas—when, for whatever reason, it seems impossible to get into the holiday spirit or experience Christmas with the wonder of a child. Conversely, there are those years when we seem positively...

Christmas Journeys

Christmas for me is a time of reflection of the journey that the year has brought… along with uncountable squeals of excitement in the morning that starts with my Dad reading Luke 2 and ends with wrapping paper everywhere, new toys, and the gooey mess of a cinnamon...

Immanuel: The God who Dwells with Us

Holidays like Christmas are about time spent together with loved ones. That togetherness—simply being present with those we treasure—seems to make everything seem a little brighter in the world. Amid joy, laughter, and silly traditions, there is an unspoken truth of...

Counting Your Blessings

How long would it take to follow the advice of the old hymn to count your many blessings AND name them one by one? I don’t know about you, but my list would be incredibly long. Often it seems easier to focus on the things we don’t have, which is nothing more than a...

Reflections from Iowa

Having been around SSI LEAD for 9 years (2 as a student, 4 as a volunteer, and 3 as staff), it’s always fascinating to see how someone else does it. Last year (2017) I was able to meet Nate Oppman of the THE FAMiLY LEADER (TFL) in Iowa who would be heading up LEAD out...

The price of liberty

On Monday, America celebrates Memorial Day. But in the midst of the BBQs, parades, watermelons, and family vacations, it can be easy to forget what this day is truly about. Since the first "shot heard 'round the world" that marked the beginning of the American...

Observations from the Office

    I started working here in the beginning of February, and while I knew most of the staff already (from LEAD when I went as a student), I had no idea what the working environment would be like. A few months in, the facets of the office are what still make...

From Michigan to Minnesota

    Guest post by Christiana Nuñez  Let me preface this by saying, I love this program which God has been radical enough to allow me to run, and I have never felt so blessed as I am to be in God’s country, otherwise known as Minnesota. If someone would have...

LISTEN: James Muffett on WLJN 89.9FM with Pete Lathrop

This morning, SSI President James Muffett joined Pete Lathrop on Traverse City's WLJN 89.9FM to talk about our LEAD summer camp and how this experience helps teens to discover their true leadership potential! Listen below, and share with students you know! EARLY...

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