(I originally wrote this article for Christianity Today's Gifted for Leadership.) 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.
I am not against Black Friday, in theory. I think we should all be good stewards of our money, and bargain shopping is a good way to go. What I struggle with is the fact that stuff– toys, clothes, latest technology, gourmet this n' that– consumes too readily as it shoves basic priorities like contentedness, kindness, and character out of the way. Worse, it robs miracles. I'm … [Read more...] about Consumerism Consumes Us – Why We Hardly See Miracles in America
Memories, as Barbara Streisand sang years ago, light the corners of my mind. Yet they do so much more being embedded in my heart and soul. We have returned temporarily to the United States where most assume we are now contentedly relieved in this "comfortable home country" of ours. True to a degree, but truer still is the pungently bittersweet fact of the … [Read more...] about Memories: Instant in Any Season
Is she happy? Not always. Truthfully, she struggles for self acceptance. The pain and rejection are still too real for her to put in the past. Where, when, and how, I sometimes wonder, is the blessing for the persecuted like her? She was just a teen when she heard of the special meetings taking place in her legalistic and religious community. She had heard some strange … [Read more...] about One of the Persecuted…
What does it feel like when your sister, who is your best friend, answers the call of God and prepares to move to another country with her husband and children to serve as missionaries? My friend Vanessa, who blogs at 55PoeStreet, shares a moving and eloquent reflection of her struggle as she faces the changes to come. "…this is on my mind: Embracing the hush coming over my … [Read more...] about Embracing the Hush