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God’s Promised Provisions

God has challenged us with the promise, “Test Me, and see if I will not pour out a blessing on you that there will not be room to receive it, pressed down and running over” (Mal. 3:12; Luke 6:38). During this last year, my wife was one of the millions…

We are made for relationship

“Can you get me some tofu?” I asked as Andy headed out on an errand late in the week. At the beginning of the week, we had not been able to have people come to our house because of a COVID-19 case in our neighborhood. Our dead-end street had a…

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Winning the Prize

Muscles tense. Eyes focus. Breathing deepens. Bang. They’re off! The world’s finest athletes leap forward, eyes fixed on the finish line and the prize—Olympic gold! It is easy to watch the Olympics and forget the years of devotion to the prize that drove each athlete. A documentary on Sydney McLaughlin,…

Learning by Doing

“Balana kua tou Tai-Kadai mid cana see,” we said to Jet as we arranged for him to be our language helper. That means, please speak the Tai-Kadai language with us. I had been praying for months about how we could move forward with learning the local language. Soon after we…

Flocks of Different Folds

When Jesus told His disciples that He had flocks of different folds, I envisioned the flocks to be the churched and the unchurched that are living up to the light they have. Recently, Carrie and I participated in crisis management training. We were the only Seventh-day Adventists in attendance, but…

Coming Home

After being away from our house in Kewa for nearly a year, we knew there would be a lot of work waiting for us there when we arrived. It was the morning of our flight. We had tickets to fly Air Niugini to Daru. Once there, we hoped to pick…

Tring Tring

We felt uneasy when the phone rang at 10 p.m. in our hotel room. We did not expect anyone to call us, especially not on the hotel phone at that hour. We looked at each other and wondered who it could be. Deon leaped out of bed and answered cautiously…

Time With Chiruh

Guilty. That’s how I felt when I visited Om (Aunt) Chiruh for the first time in a month. The last time I saw her, she had just stepped on a lump of hot coal and burned her foot. Now, a large, nasty wound had climbed from the base of her…

New Normal

Missionaries are different. Living life in a second culture, different is to be expected. No matter how much they try to accommodate, learn, and adapt to another way of life, the reality is that they will always be different. For the most part, I do not mind being different. In…

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