Haiti Benefit Concert

We would like to thank you for your generous donation of to J/P HRO, Haitian Relief Organization, on January 22, 2011.  We appreciate your confidence in us and your generosity. Your donations allow us to keep doing out work on the ground in Haiti changing lives.

The situation in Haiti is constantly changing and being a newer and smaller organization has allowed us to be agile and change to accommodate the needs of their population. What does not change is our commitment to the work. As you may know, our primary work resides within the boundaries of the Pétionville refugee camp, where we oversee the shelter, provisions, medical care and security for over 50,000 displaced Haitians while working to return them, safely, to their neighborhoods. In addition, we are helping to provide tents, water filters and filtration systems and medical supplies to additional populations throughout Haiti.

The team at J/P HRO is made up of a large rotation of volunteers, a small staff, and an ever-increasing number of Haitian nationals. It is important to us that your donation provides the Haitian people with the most sustainable benefits possible, and with that in mind, we hope to also provide them with jobs and training throughout the relief and recovery effort.

Your support, along with the support of thousands of others, will enable us to continue to deliver immediate results to the people of Haiti. Daily, we see the positive impact from your donations on the lives of the Haitians displaced by the quake. You have our personal pledge and commitment to continue our work for the long-term benefit of Haiti. To learn more about how your donations are used on the ground, click here.

On behalf of the people of Haiti and everyone at J/P HRO, thank you again.

Director of Development


Blessed Be Your Name

We sang Blessed Be Your Name at life groups tonight. I don’t think I will ever again hear/sing that song without remembering a hot night (they were all hot) on the balcony at our house in Haiti. Matt led that song for worship… and none of us could quite get the lyrics quite right. I loved it.

Haiti Benefit Concert

The Haiti Benefit Concert was a smashing success!!! I am awed, amazed and beyond blessed by the outpouring of love, prayer and money by my community. You guys are awesome! We raised about $1400 for J/P HRO (not counting online donations- which you can make by following that link!).

The night honestly could not have been better! We had an awesome turnout- Parchments was packed! The bands were amazing (no surprise!)… it was a great night and fun was had by all.

Haiti Benefit Concert- this Friday night!

Friday, January 14 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Parchments Cafe And Bookstore
348 North Canyons Parkway in Livermore, CA

Come see Northern District, Daniel Gillette and Joshua Colburn play at Parchments!

We will be taking donations at the door to benefit JP Haitian Relief Organization- the non-profit organization that runs the Petionville tent city in Port au Prince, Haiti.

If you can’t attend, you can still contribute! Go to http://jphro.org/ and click the big red ‘Donate’ button to give online.
Tell your friends!!


The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!!!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Steve (my amazing and wonderful step-dad) is in a chior that participated in a flash mob at Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Mall. I was so excited to be there for this and to experience the BEST Christmas activity EVER. Not only was it wonderful and magical, beautiful and exciting, but the Name of our Lord was proclaimed at the mall on the busiest shopping day of the year!

I like to think someone there in that mall asked God for a sign when suddenly, a hundred people broke into the Hallelujah Chorus! I am sure something like that happened- though I imagine I’ll have to wait until I get to Heaven to hear about it.

My video is really wibbly- I was so excited I was trembling! Enjoy!!

How He Loves

Derek and Rachel led this song on Haiti weekend at church when I shared about my experience there. It just about knocked me over. I had heard it once before, but not like that.

Derek and Rachel led this song again this weekend. I stood in the crowd with tears streaming down my face- wishing I had a hanky and hoping no one would see me. I love the emotion in this song. I love the way the way the words are put together and how they make pictures in my mind… but mostly, really, this song speaks to my heart. It resonates.

Life is sloppy. It’s messy. I don’t understand it… and just when things seem really bad… just when you think your heart can’t break any more, when the breaks go out and the car won’t stop, when life spins out of control- that’s when God steps in. Like a hurricane. Like the ocean. Like Niagara Falls. And He meets you on a rock in Jenny Lake (pictured). He stops the car and sends help. He comes at just the right moment. And He does it because He loves me.

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane
I am a tree
Bending beneath
The weight of his wind and mercy
When all of a sudden
I am unaware of these
Afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize how beautiful you are
And how great your afflictions for me

Oh how he loves us so
Oh how he loves us
How he loves us so

We are his portion
And he is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart burns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way
He loves us

Oh how he loves us so
Oh how he loves us
How he loves us so

John Mark McMillan