Comfort, Death, Loss, Love, Ministry, The Unexpected, Why

Leave Your Shoes At The Door

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Still, it remains in my mind some days later, the picture of the children's shoes outside the front door of the house on a warm Sunday afternoon. I can feel the warm breeze blowing through the front door, hear the weeping of children, and feel the sting of death - and there was my little girl in the middle taking part in the "ministry of presence." 

Family, Grief, Journey, Love, Missions, Perspective

One More Time

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One of the most painful experiences for any parent is to let their children spread their wings and fly. The first time I had to let go was in 2003 when my son Tommy left Africa to attend university Stateside. I wrote a poem for him, as I have for each one when they left. 2003 wasn't so long ago, was it?

Adoption, Church planting, Faith, Feeding, Kindness, Love, Ministry, Misfit, Missionary, Missions, Motives, Perspective, Tears

When Sparrows Fall

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Sparrows are so common that they are often thought to be "disposable." If one falls, why bother? There are literally millions, if not billions, of them filling our skies. It may not matter in the grand scheme of things, if one sparrow falls, but it does matter to that one sparrow.

Choices, Church planting, Covid19, Dream, Dreams, Faith, Misfit, Missionary, Missions, Test

It Felt Like…Losing The Dream

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One of the most important things a dream does is not for us, but what it can do for others. God never puts a dream in our hearts that won't spill out and reach others with His love. When the dream God puts in you resurrects another's dream that has died, you have passed the test.

Goodbye, Kingdom, Markets, Misfit, Missionary, Missions, Perspective, Relevant

You Don’t Have to Wear the Panty Hose

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The simplicity of Africa has spared me from the confusion of having to face the "new and improved." I only want a tube of toothpaste when entering the store. What I don't want to face is feeling as if I have to make a major life decision between brands and their sub-brands.

Church planting, Control, Destiny, Misfit, Missionary, Missions

Our Normal, A Road Less Traveled

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Most young couples dream of building careers, buying property and weekend barbecues. Us? We were busy trying to book cheap flights, set up international vaccination appointments and get our passports.