Friday, June 29, 2007

Senior Director Opening at the Chalmers Center


The Chalmers Center for Economic Development, located in Lookout Mountain, GA, USA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Director. The Chalmers Center (, a research and training initiative of Covenant College, equips churches and missionaries to declare the Kingdom of God in word and in deed by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities around the globe. The Senior Director reports to the Executive Director and is the primary person responsible for managing the Chalmers Center’s human and financial resources in order to maximize the Chalmers Center’s impact.

Leading staff through the design and implementation of an operations plan to achieve the Center’s short-, medium-, and long-range objectives; hiring and managing all international and domestic personnel; designing and implementing the budget; directly managing the Director of Training and the Director of Marketing and Strategic Relations; and acting as Interim Director of International Programs.

Master’s degree in management, international development, or related field; minimum five years experience in management in international relief and development work; experience in academic administration preferred; demonstrated competence in designing and implementing managerial and administrative systems; outstanding organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to Third World for several weeks at a time; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently; and committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is August 15, 2007.

For the complete job description, visit:

Interested candidates should send a resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to:

    Director of Human Resources
    Covenant College
    14049 Scenic Highway
    Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750 USA

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Housing Needed

I am a Christian woman (and Wheaton College almuna) moving from Texas to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks. I start a new job at Drexel on July 16 and need a room to rent from July 15 through August 1st, when my husband and daughter will move up to join me. (The condo we will be renting is not available until then.) We would also appreciate prayers for our 8-year-old, who is excited to learn that Tenth has a children's choir she can participate in, just like our current church in Texas!
Anyone willing to rent a room may contact Kristen via cellphone at 214-535-3238 or email

more pictures from Ukraine

The group has finished our performances, and today are scattered around Odessa seeing the city, markets, harbor. We are so thankful for the prayers of the congregation and others. We have truly felt blessed to be here and so thankful to God for the gifts he has given us to share with others.
I'm attaching a few photos of our practices and  performances . . . the young man next to Ken Laudermilch plays trumpet with the Odessa Philharmonic. They have met several times this week. Machiko Whittaker is talking with one of the ladies from the church in the other photo.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

News from Ukraine

Jim Hala reports that yesterday was full of adventure. The Westminster Brass gave a Master Class and then went with the choir to visit a 13th century fortress. Jim stopped at a certain spot and watched while Kim Dengler and Sarah Childress climbed out onto a "steep and dangerous place". The people of Belgorod loved the Tenth choir and the brass.

Today Jim helped in a soup kitchen, serving poor people and others who were professional artists or singers but have no pension. Jim says the food tastes as good as his grandmother's (who came from that part of the world). The hotel is comfortable, but not air conditioned. Showers are hand-held while standing in a small tub. It's hot, but they are being careful to drink plenty of water.

Please Pray

Tenth member, Karen Fritz, is asking God to sustain and heal her during another week of intensive medical treatment. She also wants to express her thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers.

Coffee, anyone?

Tonight the Maranatha teens host a coffee shop outreach for teens in Portadown. Pray for friendships to be formed, and for the gospel to be clearly seen in the lives of our young people.

Singing and serving

Pray for our choir team as they spend the day serving in the orphanage, soup kitchen, and construction sites. Also pray for their evening concert in Odessa, which will be held at 11 am our time.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bob Yang

Please pray for Bob Yang, who had eye surgery today to repair a torn retina.

On Vacation

Ginger and I are in Cape Cod for the week, Cotuit to be precise. We are staying with her folks. I will continue posting the A Proverb a Day devotions, and may post some on this site. But keep checking because others (as you can see from the pictures in Odessa) will continue to post. If you have something to post, send it to Nancy Hala at

From Odessa

The choir is doing well. We are all healthy and enjoying our time here. This morning, the Westminster Brass did a master class at the local conservatory, and our concert last night was well-received. We leave in a few minutes for Belgorod where we'll spend time with folks from a church plant there, and perform at 5pm (10 am EST).

Here are some photos from our time here. The Brass performing in the park, Martin teaching during a sunday school on deacons and deaconesses, and our team hanging out in the lobby of our hotel.