I love it when I get to advertise for my friends and their ministry work, especially when said work is being done at Tierra Nueva, an ecumenical outreach organization in western Washington state.
Tierra Nueva played a major role in my discernment process when I was preparing for pastoral ministry. It was there that I had two major “moments” of realization about myself and my life. To tell that story now would detract from this being a post about these remarkable friends of mine.
In the past couple of weeks, two “arms” of Tierra Nueva’s ministry have been featured on my denomination’s national website. The first is Chris Hoke and his work as a chaplain for gang members. The second is Amy Muia and her work of establishing a halfway house for women in recovery. Both of these articles are worth reading and both ministries are worth supporting.
Their founder and director, Bob Ekblad, is a sessional lecturer at Regent College, where I went to seminary. Bob was, without a doubt, my favorite professor there. I first met him as a student in his class, Reading the Bible With the Damned. Shortly after I took the class, Bob wrote a book with the same title, published by Westminster John Knox. You can order that book on Amazon by clicking here.
These are my friends and I’m proud to know them.