Well, since this is our Winter newsletter, I figured what better image to use? Especially since that is the view behind our house today. We've gotten about 4 inches (10 cm) of snow since this morning. And while it is beautiful, I am happy that I don't have to go out in it!! Yes, our … Continue reading Our Mission News Winter 2018
No tree has to stand in the orchard shouting, "Look at my fruit!" It doesn't have to, because fruit speaks for itself. Filled with a certain greatness, Psalm 1 calls us upward to live in such a way that we will be like that solid tree, drawing sustenance from the stream — and succeeding in … Continue reading God’s Key to Success
The apostle Paul often found himself sitting in a prison cell. The city in an uproar over this man who stirred things up wherever he went. I would have asked, "Why Lord? I was only obeying you and preaching your message. So please get me out of this fix! I've done nothing to deserve … Continue reading When God Says ‘You Have Not Failed Me’
Most school students here can only say a few simple phrases. School language programs don't work well. But fortunately, Mario's private students do better! He loves his kids and teaching, but often feels he doesn't do a good job. But I think he's a second Mr. Chips! Under his tutelage, failing grades become excellent, and students (young and old) … Continue reading Hello: We Care About You!
One-by-one we've watched them go. Quite often heart-broken, usually discouraged, but always leaving a big chunk of their hearts behind them. Graveyard life did them in, and it's really no surprise. It's often dark and gloomy. And when we forget to keep our sights fixed firmly on higher things, oppressive and crushing. What in the world … Continue reading Life in a Graveyard
They said we were crazy and we probably were. But we've got a story to tell. It was May 1989 when we embarked on this adventure. "It'll never work," they said. "Don't do it! Use common sense!" But we read Oswald Chambers too often, finding there words which resonated in our hearts. "So Peter got … Continue reading Following God with Reckless Abandon
Our church here had a blessing tree this year instead of a Christmas tree. Each member was to add a paper ornament with their greatest blessing of 2017 written on it. Which of course got me thinking. What was my greatest blessing of the year? I receive so many day by day that it's difficult to … Continue reading Gentleness and the Blessing Tree