Go to the Nations: Why We Stayed

As a teen in the eighties, I thought God was calling me to missions. God had eclipsed everything else before my eyes, so I surrendered and prayed, “What do you want me to do with my life?” Then a single missionary woman with big hair and a Colgate-commercial smile spoke at my family’s Methodist church….

The Life-Giving Call to Follow

  Could God be trying to speak above the clamor? What is He inviting you to? Important aspects of our calling:   To honor God   When we understand that God loves us, trust that His intentions are always good, and believe that He is powerful enough to fulfill His promises, we will obey Him….

Why the Call of God is better than our Dreams

During our epic adventure in Ukraine, we briefly lived in a cottage in the woods. Our daughter, Abigail, called to say she would arrive late one night on the bus. Without a car to meet her, and since shady transactions sometimes took place in the area, I put on my running shoes to complete the…

The New Year: 12 Ways to Make a Difference

As we peer into 2012, ringing in the new year, the world is in a state of economic uncertainty and political upheaval.  Hardships persist.  After ringing in the new millenium in Ukraine, a young woman said she was hoping to wake up the next day and find that she and her circumstances were somehow different…

T: The Terrestrial

  Terrestrial – of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants; worldly; mundane in scope or character. Recently I have been saddened by the “me-centered”, so-called Christian messages out there. In Eastern Europe, many people have been duped into investing, and then losing, large sums of money by believing they would become millionaires if…

Keeping it Simple and Real

Sometimes life feels like a juggling act where one wrong move could send everything crashing in bedlam. Be kind to others. Look your best. Serve with excellence. Be smart. Use your talents well. Tend to all of your relationships. Meet deadlines. Stay fit. And all the while still smiling. But I am tired of excellence…

The Impact of a Willing Heart

The Ukrainian portion of the Carpathian mountain range is rich with wooded slopes, wild beauty and green upland pastures.  When you venture deep into the Carpathians, you feel as if you have gone back in time to a simpler era with embossed tin-roofed farmhouses, horse-drawn carts carrying bails of hay, and babushkas herding goats and…

Reformission and Hope for Life

Some of the leading universal causes of stress are related to health, finances and work. In English, there is an expression “trying to keep your head above water”, which aptly describes the struggle of many to make it in life. How would you feel if you were on the Titanic, knowing what the outcome would…

Reformission and Unconditional Love

What are your favorite films? According to David Bruce, host of HollywoodJesus.com, the top 100 films of all time have one thing in common. They are about relationship. It is what people seek most. I don’t know how many men they surveyed, but even top action films that are the most successful have relational themes…