Burkes: Let’s Take a Trip Together

Last winter, my wife and I went to Honduras for three months to help our daughter in a small, grassroots nonprofit called Chispa Project. One night as we left a restaurant, a man followed us to our car. “Por favor,” he said, handing my daughter a note. “PLEASE, can you help me get to America?”

Jesus saves, but education helps too

By Norris Burkes Published Mar 11, 2018 “Is your daughter’s nonprofit Christ-centered?” asks an American missionary here in the Honduran capitol of Tegucigalpa. The man is among hundreds of missionaries headquartered within the comforting amenities of a big city. They represent various faiths, but most, like the one asking the question, are Evangelical. Most do

Chaplain books it to Honduras

By Norris Burkes Jan 21 2018 I graduated from high school in Atascadero, California. In the 1970s, Atascadero was a town without a stoplight or chain stores. However, we had a lot of churches and liquor stores. Truthfully, it fit the Spanish meaning of “miry place,” roughly translated as “pigsty.” Of course, our rivals from

Thanksgiving inspires thankful giving

Nov 26, 2016 Friends thought we were crazy last year when my wife and I downsized our life by selling our 2,800 square feet McMansion and renting an ancient mobile home. If things weren't crazy enough, we halved our salaries by shifting to part-time hours. Now, for the past 18 months, instead of buying kitschy

It’s all in the family

May 15, 2016 by Norris Burkes As a spiritual columnist, I feel especially close to my readers - maybe that's because my words sit just a few inches away from your face as you read the newspaper. Or maybe it's because you listen so well to the many personal stories I've shared about my family.

Purpose lost or purpose found?

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Does everything happen for a purpose? Or is God able to give us a purpose in spite of the mess we get ourselves into? These are questions I pondered in 2011 when the Peace Corps sent my daughter’s best friend, Ruth Bennett, to Catacamus, Honduras. Several months after