Cameron Thinks My Book on Greek God Hades is Cool!

ImageMy friend Cameron recently read my book on the Greek god called Hades (god of the underworld). Cameron is a 5th grader. He liked the story about Persephone and Hades in Chapter 3. “It was exciting,” he said. Thanks, Cameron, for reading the book and commenting on it. 

I’m looking for other boys and girls who like to read my books and would send me a comment or two with a photo of them holding the book they have read. I have to have a parent’s signature on a permission form for me to post the photo. I could email that and it could be scanned and returned to me. 

If you would like to have your photo or your child’s photo pasted here to my blog with him/her holding one of my books which has been read, please contact me at wwwkjreusser@adamswells.comxxx. (remove the x’s which are put there to prevent spam)

I’ll be glad to work with you on this. I’m also booking for appearances in schools, libraries, special events for 2013. I love to encourage kids to read and find enjoyment in stories. 

Have a great weekend!



Have a Testimony to Share? Do it!

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Today’s scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:14-20

Today’s verse: His prayer … and his entreaty all are written in the records of the seers.
— II Chron. 33:19 (NIV)

Testimonies display God’s grace in different ways. My friend Sam believed God didn’t love poor children and so battled a vicious temper. Francis got pregnant at age 16 and abused drugs and alcohol. Kate’s marriage broke apart in divorce, due to selfishness. Their stories are different, yet they have a common thread. These people eventually accepted Jesus’ love and grace and had their lives changed because of it. Their lives were testimonies to God’s grace and love.
After 55 years of performing every black deed imaginable, Manasseh’s sins could fill a set of encyclopedias. Yet, God didn’t record just Manasseh’s sins in the Bible. He also recorded Manasseh’s later prayer and repentant entreaty. Today we call this kind of story a testimony.

Have you experienced difficult circumstances in your life in which God has shown His love? Tell it to others. God may have brought you to this place so you may have the opportunity to share your story with others.

Prayer: Lord, give us courage to share our testimonies that we may glorify Your name. Amen.

Pastor Creates Homes for Forgotten Children Worldwide


This story is about a group of people who live in my small, Midwestern town whose vision is world-wide. Their work to help poor, neglected children around the world is phenomenal. Information to contribute to this ministry is listed at the end of the article. Please consider helping them.




Twenty-seven million people in the world are involved with human trafficking. The illegal trade of humans, mostly women and children, for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor is considered by many to be the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. This modern-day form of slavery is projected to involve 100,000 people daily in the United States; 80 percent are children under the age of 18.


Though the numbers of people forced into human trafficking is staggering, Bluffton pastor Matt Hartsell refuses to become discouraged. “I’m excited to be part of the solution of saving children around the world,” he said. “There’s something special about doing something eternal.”


Hartsell is Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries & Counseling of Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton. In 1999 he founded a ministry called Forgotten Children Worldwide (FCW; it was formerly called Forgotten Children International). Today he is Executive Director of the organization.


According to Hartsell, the idea for FCW began when he and his wife, Barb, adopted a 5-year-old daughter from Russia. In 1996 the Hartsells, who already had three biological children, adopted a daughter from China. During each of the adoption processes, the Hartsells toured overcrowded orphanages. “They were like warehouses for children,” Matt recalled. The memories haunted him so much that he woke his wife one night. “It is wrong to do nothing when we know children are suffering,” he said. “We have to do something to help children around the world.”


Matt Hartsell grew up in Swanton, Ohio, and graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College as a Christian education major. He later earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. The first thing he and other volunteers did was send boxes of clothing to orphanages in Russia.


The mission continues today with beige bins with green tops and signs promoting Forgotten Children Worldwide are located at several area churches and business in Allen, Adams and Wells counties. In the Ossian area bins are located at the BP gas station, United Methodist Church on Mill Street and at Living Faith Missionary Church.


In Bluffton a bin is placed at Forgotten Children Worldwide main location at 650 N Main St. Crossroads Pantry in Markle, The Chapel and Avalon Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, D&D’s Time Saver Gas Station in Decatur, Abracadabra Hair Salon in Geneva, and Marathon Station in Monroe also have bins. Volunteers drive trucks to each of the collection sites on a regular basis. “Forgotten Children Worldwide is primarily a volunteer-powered organization,” said Hartzell. The group collects clean, gently-used clothing, shoes, jackets, and coats and book bags. Sizes of clothing range from infant to medium adult. No undergarments are accepted.  


For several years Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton allowed the use of a 40×60-foot warehouse behind their main campus on Dustman Road to accommodate donations. The organization moved to the Main Street location in spring 2012. “The church is a partner with us,” said Hartsell. “We have a strong volunteer base from this church, but FCW is a non-denominational ministry. Everyone is encouraged to help.”


During its first decade, the ministry mailed many 20,000-pound containers, packed with clean children’s clothing, to the Ukraine and India. Over the years Hartsell and others associated with the organization have traveled to these countries to meet with religious leaders to promote the distribution of the clothing, construction of orphan home, self-sustainability projects and wells. “A vast group of passionate volunteers is the energy behind the growing organization,” said Hartzell.


In summer 2012 Hartsell traveled to India to meet with religious leaders about the situation of temple prostitutes. “Human trafficking is part of the Hindu culture,” he said. “When female prostitutes bear children, they often traffic the children to pay their debts.”


Hartzell’s plan is to have native Indian leaders work with Hindu women, convincing them to forgo prostitution and not involve their children in sexual slavery.


“Pastors in Uganda and Kenya will find foster families where orphans may live, instead of orphanages,” said Hartsell. “These children can be sponsored for $25 each month to care for the child. Each of the children living in a home through the Forgotten Children Worldwide sponsorships receives daily food, clothing, and devotions with Christian house parents. They attend church and are prayed with daily. The money is also applied towards a child’s physical and medical needs, spiritual training, and schooling.” He adds that nearly 400 children around the world are currently sponsored through this program.


As the ministry of Forgotten Children Worldwide has expanded, so has Hartsell’s vision for the ministry. He is now working with people in Uganda and India to construct orphan ‘homes’. “These are different from orphanages as they would only house up to twenty children and a set of house parents,” he said. “Thousands of children have no family or food or places to live. We want to help them feel safe and cared for.”


From the orphan home concept evolved a self-sustainability approach the FCW team is devising to help children be cared for in Uganda and other countries. “We started a heifer farm in which a family cares for an orphan who is sponsored through Forgotten Children Worldwide,” he said. “This indigenous ministry would receive a loan or grant to raise a cow. When they sell the milk, the income supplements the cost of caring for the child.”



For more information about Forgotten Children Worldwide go to


Forgotten Children Worldwide
650 N Main Street
Bluffton, IN 46714

Phone: 260.353.1580
Toll Free: 888.353.1580
Fax: 260.824.1955


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Cutline: Matt Hartsell, director of Forgotten Children Worldwide, poses with Ugandan orphans during a recent trip to the African country.




Restoration by God Is Possible—and Awesome!


Photo by Dave Reusser


“So He brought him back to Jerusalem …”  

— II Chron. 33:12 (NIV)


            As a teenager, Frank rebelled against family rules, smoked, drank, and rarely attended church. Then someone dared Frank to go on a European missions trip. Thinking it would be neat to visit another country, Frank went. Through Polish Christians, Frank became a Christian.

Today, Frank is married to a Christian woman and they serve as missionaries in France. “I never dreamed my life could be so good,” he said recently while on furlough.

Like Frank, Manasseh possessed a rebellious streak. But God didn’t turn His back on Manasseh. Upon being captured, Manasseh humbled himself before God and was reunited with Him. God forgave Manasseh, took him back to his city and to his kingdom. Then, the Bible says, Manasseh knew that the Lord is God. (13)

When we call on the name of the Lord, God wipes our slate clean. Not only that, he blesses us with more than we can imagine. There’s nothing to say to such love and graciousness, except – Wow!

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Mad Anthony’s Restaurant Serves Fantastic Food and Memories



It was always a desire of mine to be a travel writer. I’ve written travel-related stories for many locales, including Alaska, Florida, Ohio, Indiana. I currently write posts about Fort Wayne (IN) for the . This is a fun way to get to know a city’s best eating /entertainment spots. This restaurant is a family favorite – give it a try! Disclaimer: No one in my family has ever received free food from this restaurant as a result of writing these posts.




Recently, my two grown children and I thought about where to go for lunch in Fort Wayne. We actually only thought for one minute because both of them piped together: “Mad Anthony’s!”


This restaurant on the corner of Broadway and Taylor Streets in Fort Wayne has been a family fave of ours for many years.


We love the funky, retro interior with signage posted everywhere. The walls are covered with maps, bumper stickers, license plates, political posters, and handwritten messages even on the ceiling. A seating area separate from the bar makes it perfect for families with young children to dine. In warm weather outdoor seating on the restaurant’s west side invites customers to enjoy the fresh air.


We usually order a pizza but only if we have at least an hour to sit there because preparation takes approximately 30 minutes. Each time we have ordered a pizza our waiter mentioned this to make sure we knew the length of time it will take. The pizzas are always worth the wait! I love the crusts– this is usually the main factor for me with a pizza, I don’t know why. Plenty of toppings and cheese too. Yum!


Over the years we have also ordered sandwiches and appetizers at Mad Anthony’s. The only type of food we have yet to try is a dessert, but we’re always so stuffed from Mad Anthony’s great entrees, we have no room left for more!


Prices are really reasonable. We ordered a 10-inch pizza, cheese curds appetizer, tilapia sandwich and one cola drink. Cost: $33.00. It was too much food so we had it boxed up and we plan to eat leftovers today.


Service has always been good. When we asked for directions to a destination across town, our waiter came back twice to provide details.


Another time my mother who uses a walker maneuvered easily across the floor and had plenty of room when seated which was helpful. We don’t find those factors at every dining establishment. Mad Anthony’s is a fun, delicious, reasonably-priced place to eat in Fort Wayne. Try it with friends or family.


2002 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
(260) 426-2537


 Serves: Gourmet pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and munchies. Live entertainment, family dining, carryout and catering. Also, in Auburn, Warsaw and Elkhart. Sunday carryout Fort Wayne only.


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Married Couple Resigns Professional Careers To Help Kids in Haiti


This is an inspiring story of a married couple who is willing to give up their home, careers, families and surroundings to help kids in need. They will move in February 2013. Information about how to help support the Aschlimans is at the end of the article. Prayerfully consider helping them with their financial needs.

This was published in the News-Banner in 12/12.


Bluffton resident Lisa Aschliman is hoping the transition from learning Spanish to Creole is an easy one. Since 2003, Aschliman has taught Spanish at Norwell High School. In December 2012 she and her husband Bruce resigned their full-time jobs (he worked at Aquatic Management in Bluffton) to work as missionaries in Haiti with the Bluffton-based organization Loving Shepherd Ministries (LSM).

Ed Schwartz is president of Loving Shepherd Ministries, a Christian organization serving orphaned and at-risk children in Haiti and Ethiopia by providing them with permanent, godly families.

Working with missions groups outside of the United States is not new to the Aschlimans. Since 1992, they have been involved with short-term missionary trips organized through the Apostolic Christian Church (country location) of which they are members. “I’ve probably gone to Mexico 25 times to help churches and children’s homes,” said Lisa. Bruce has often accompanied her, assisting with maintenance and car mechanical needs and other critical projects. Lisa’s knowledge of the country’s language was a boost to their work in the Hispanic-speaking country.

That advantage was not applicable when in March 2012 the Aschlimans traveled to Haiti for a month to see the work of LSM.

Bruce had spent the month of January in Haiti helping with the work there at the request of Ed Schwartz, president of LSM.

He enjoyed the experience so much that he convinced Lisa to return with him two months later. Together they visited 12 homes, each filled with a dozen children and their house parents. “Most of the children became orphans from the earthquake in 2010,” said Aschliman.

Visiting Haiti and seeing the work being done there for approximately 200 orphans between the ages of two and 18

was an eye-opening experience for the Aschlimans. “We realized just what a wonderful thing was happening for those children who had nothing.” Upon returning to Bluffton one month later, the Aschlimans told Schwartz they would like to help with future projects in Haiti.

He took them at their word. In October 2012 Schwartz talked to the Aschlimans about returning to Haiti permanently. “He asked Bruce and I to go to Haiti to live and work with the ministry there on a long-term basis,” said Lisa. Bruce would assist with maintenance and shipping. Lisa would serve as the mission’s child-development coordinator.

The Aschlimans were floored at the request. “We had full-time jobs and a mortgage,” said Lisa. But they told Schwartz they  would pray and ask God to reveal His plan for them. For a week the Aschlimans prayed, listened to  sermons and songs on Christian radio stations, read devotional comments and the Bible. After seven days they came to a mutual decision. “We believed God wanted us to go to Haiti and that we should obey  Him,” said Lisa.

In December the Aschlimans resigned their jobs. Within the next few weeks they hope to sell their home, car, and other belongings to prepare for their move which they hope will be in February.

As LSM’s child-development coordinator, Aschliman will work with Haitian teachers to offer educational assistance, tutor students, and implement art and  music in their education. Bruce will help with the school’s ranch, farming and vocational training. “He may help create a mechanic’s garage,” said Lisa.

The Aschlimans will have to learn the Creole language, which is part French, part Western African dialect. “Hopefully it will not be too difficult,” said Lisa.

The Aschlimans will not serve as house parents or assist in adoptions for the children. “The people living together in the homes are considered a family with siblings and parents,” said Lisa. “The idea of LSM is to create permanent families for the children who no longer have families.” All of the children in each home are either females or males. House parents are recruited among local churches. The Aschlimans will live in an apartment in Les Cayes, Haiti.

“We hope these children will be the leaders in tomorrow’s Haiti,” said Lisa. “They could be future politicians and professionals who are needed to help the country get on the right track.”

Note: Another Bluffton resident, Zach Bertsch, is working with LSM to add more homes in Haiti. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Bertsch’s Cancer Redemption Project ( has planned four new homes for orphans in Haiti for a total of 16.

For more information about LSM or to make a financial contribution in honor of the Aschlimans in Haiti go to

The Aschlimans will record their Haitian experiences at

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