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Leaving the American dream

Timothy Haley had it all. He'd graduated from law school and gotten married. And at 29, he had a great job with a respected law firm. But a trip to Africa last year wrecked he and his wife Hannah for the ordinary. “Hannah and I were married three years ago this month," he wro…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Timothy Haley had it all. He'd graduated from law school and gotten married. And at 29, he had a great job with a respected law firm. But a trip to Africa last year wrecked he and his wife Hannah for the ordinary.

“Hannah and I were married three years ago this month," he wrote. "We have worked hard to build ‘the American Dream.’ We both have good jobs, a nice home, cars and a dog. The only thing we are missing is the white picket fence and we could potentially be the model American Dreamers."

"The only problem is that we feel like we have been sold a lie. We recently have come to understand that the American Dream may not be God’s dream for our lives.”

Hannah said about the Africa trip, “It basically just broke our hearts … it really opened our eyes because we just have it so great here in the United States, we just knew that we wanted to do something to help people and share the love of Jesus.”

Some research led them to the World Race. Currently they're at training camp, and they will launch in September.

It's such a rare and counter-culture thing to do. I wondered where this kind of dedication comes from and found part of the answer in a local newspaper article about the Haleys. It says that they are very involved in Joshua's Place, their local church.

I looked up Joshua's Place on line and read what they say about themselves: "We believe that people are tired of religion. Our prayer is that when you walk through the doors of Joshua’s Place, you will not have another religious experience but experience the touch of GOD. Our God is an awesome God who can perform the miraculous and do the impossible."

Wow. There you go. If more churches believed that and raised their young people to believe that, we'd have more people like the Haleys embracing Jesus' dream instead of the American dream.

Comments (6)

  • I shared this with my pastor and his wife. They are awesome people with passionate hearts for Jesus Christ. This is inspiring!

  • Wow. I loved this story. It was so inspiring. I totally relate. I put the brakes on my doctoral program in psychology to switch to a D. Min program. People thought I was crazy, but they don’t realize and understand some dissonance I had been feeling. Now, I feel like I’m back on track with God’s purpose and mission and I am totally happy. Besides, I believe in Jehovah Jireh. I’ll be fine, just like the Haleys.

  • Frank Burder IIIf

    Seth, Here is a great Blog site,called, http://WWW.Radical.net This is where Frank’s mother and I attend Worship. Great bok to read, Radical. The book will wake someone up, it did us and Praise God!! Frank III

  • Timothy and Haley, Way to go! I’m excited for your journey. I’m copying this to all in my area of influence. I love your hearts, and want the best that Jesus has for you!

  • I am reading about this web site. Thank you Set for starting this blog and for all the wonderful folks who comment!

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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