Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Ecclesia, Africa and Best Western Breakfasts

I’m sitting in the Best Western in Richmond, VA at the continental breakfast bar area. It’s been about 7 minutes since I had one of their breakfast sandwiches and things are already getting interesting in my stomach… but I guess that’s a story for another time… I’m here with Tom Ward of East Point Community […]

Why Community is so Important to Mission

So, I’m almost on two weeks since I got back from Zambia. I feel like I was pretty prepared for the “missions trip high” (for lack of better way to describe it). I’ve done this before and like most people I usually crash spritually and revert to my old self within two weeks. I’m coming […]

Are You Rioting with the Suburban Mob?

Okay, its been about a half a week since I’ve been back from Zambia. I’ve not done much deep writing around the trip because there is so much in my head that I am just trying to sort it all out. Sunday morning, I preached a mess of a sermon that I am hoping made […]

Final Zambia Reflections

I am finally back from Zambia after two weeks of spending time with Pastor George Palo of Harvest City Church in Ndola, Zambia.  I have a ton in my head and I have to say that these two weeks will likely turnout to be a watershed moment for the lives of the Hiestands. You’ll have […]

Zambia Update: Saturday, June 21, 2008

I am sitting in nice cosy guest house that we are in and just reflecting a bit on our last two days.  Its been an encouraging and challenging two days as we have begun to meet with the Zambian people and specifically some of the church leaders. Last night Tom and I spoke at the […]

Zambia Update: Friday Morning

I only have a limited amount of time here on the web.  I have to buy it by the half hour and I’m trying to get as much done in this time as possible.  But, not surprisingly, the web is so slow. So, I am going to brain dump as much as a I can […]

Zamba Day 1-3: Sleep, Pot Holes, Victoria Falls

So, after about 36 hours of travel and maybe 2 hours of sleep, we arrived in Lusaka.  Sleeping on the plane was harder than I thought so I ended up just watching movies.  Five of them.  So, I saw: Charlie Wilson’s War, Semi-Pro, Jumper, The Great Debaters, and one more that was apparently very forgettable.  […]

Waiting in JFK

So after a fantastic service at The Well this morning we’ve finally made it up to JFK airport in NYC.  (If you weren’t at The Well today… go to our church website and listen to Gary’s sermon on Acts 19. It was fantastic.  Definitely worth 29 minutes of your time. I was thinking today during […]

Zambia Interary

This is the tentative itinerary for our team while we are in Zambia so that you can pray more specifically while we are gone. I might be posting updates here on my blog during the trip if time and technology allows. In case you missed it, there are two main goals for the trip: The […]

Zambia by the Numbers

It’s now just under 24 hours before me and two other pastors (my good friend Tom Ward is one of them) make the trek to JFK Airport and head for Zambia on British Airways. Here is a rundown of the next two weeks by the numbers: 3 – The number of people on our team […]