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 me smile...

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 told me...

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...

20 Years and Counting…

The year was 1998. It was a good year. It was full of changes for me. I had only been married for 3 years. We moved from my hometown of Antioch, IL to the great Lansing, MI. It was exciting, but also stressful for me. I missed my family dearly, and I needed to find a...

A Word From Iowa: “Excellence”

    By Nathan Oppman, Chief of Staff for The FAMiLY LEADER in Iowa As I am in the middle of preparing for LEAD, one word comes to mind that communicates my experience so far: excellence. When I attended my first LEAD summer camp, I saw a well-executed camp that was...

Staff changes and God’s provision

    After three and a half years as a highly valued member of our leadership team, Tim Van Loh will be leaving to take a pastoral position at South Church in Lansing. Tim has not only provided dynamic leadership but has also been a great advocate and friend. He will...

Merry Christmas from SSI!

Merry Christmas! For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 In the midst of the confusion, turmoil, and...

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