(I originally wrote this article for Christianity Today's WomenLeaders.com.) You’re investing thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and numerous headaches in planning a missions trip. You hope to save the world (at least the corner you’ll be in) and return with photos, stories, and unforgettable memories of souls you’ve touched. Nothing surges global vision in your … [Read more...] about Making the Most of Your Mission Trip – Tips to making your cross-cultural experience a success.
Today’s headlines say a lot about refugees and immigrants. Yet not much of what we read adequately prepares us to effectively facilitate their transition to American life once they settle down in our neighborhoods. What can we as church leaders do when they come to us for help? Click here to continue reading my latest article for Christianity Today. … [Read more...] about Article at WomenLeaders.com: Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Fifty six years ago today my parents married and began a life together. It was more than simply building a family or living the American Dream; it was putting pieces of fragmented lives together, of finding stability and sanity in this world, of learning how to function after an oppressive regime forced dysfunction and death upon quiet farmers and their families. It was … [Read more...] about How Two Immigrants Fell in Love and Married, Fifty Six Years Ago Today
When the excitement fades of the culture you've crossed, when you walk in a fog and your hopes seem lost, Do you still have a dream? When the passion has waned, and the joy turns to pain, when the stress overbears and does anyone care? Do you still have a dream? When the road to the future seems uncertain and dim, when you look ahead and can't clearly … [Read more...] about Do You Still Have a Dream? (A Poem for My Colleagues)
The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).” This is applicable to the missionary life, because most of what we do, such as … [Read more...] about Character or Accomplishment? A Test for the Missionary