This is Us

We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.

So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?


Meet the Standfests. The two oldest kids (Ben and Joshua) mow and trim our lawn (and they do a great job at it, too). They live in our neighborhood, so when Lois and I go for a neighborhood bike ride we often swing by their house. On one of rides last summer we found them all digging in the side yard. They were digging a big hole for an egress window, directed by mom, CarrieAnn. She’s the builder in the family. Actually, they dug three holes for three basement bedrooms they’re building. All the kids were helping in one way or another. They were doing this to prepare to adopt from the currently over 800 children in MN who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Most of the waiting children are school-aged, with many being older teens or part of a sibling group. Sadly, many of these waiting children who age out of the system will have little to no support system as they begin their adult life. It’s from these children that they want to adopt and fulfill a calling they have felt for years. Besides, as CarrieAnn puts it, “What’s a few more children?”