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But What of God?

There are literally millions and millions of people who, for their entire lives of suffering, have never heard of the love of God, the plan of salvation, or even of Jesus Christ. It is their right to receive knowledge of God and to call upon His mercy. We who have…

One Big Family

I tried to focus on what the Evangelical speaker was saying as the afternoon wore on. Although the conference was very interesting and interactive, my brain had reached capacity. It was getting late, and it had been a long day. Suddenly, something the speaker said grabbed my attention: “In a…

An Enduring Witness

“Ah! City of bloodshed, utterly deceitful, full of booty—no end to the plunder.” Speaking many years after Jonah’s ministry, so wrote Nahum (3:1) as he proclaimed God’s judgment on wicked Nineveh. The inhabitants of Nineveh were feared for their utter cruelty, delight in bloodshed and appetite for wanton destruction. “The…

My Sanctuary

Come with me on an evening walk with our dog Pirate. We go out the front gate and turn right towards the city water station down at the creek. We meet girls with big jerry cans full of water balanced on their heads. We cross the makeshift bridge and greet…

The Firehouse

icture this: A firehose with water gushing out. Look closely. At the end of the intense spray of water is a man, using all his strength to keep himself standing while desperately trying to drink from that hose! We’re feeling a bit like that man these days as we go…

Tempted

On the first of June this year, I was sitting at the back of the church as the young people bid farewell to their Brazilian Master Guide, Pastor Leandro, and the Susu Project student missionaries. Three months earlier, the young people had asked the church to allow them to use…

Ministry in Restricted Countries, Part 2

Last month, in part 1 of this article, I outlined the questions we face in our ministry to the Maghrebi people: 1) As a frontline Christian missionary, how do I share my beliefs without breaking the law of our host country, which seems to criminalize “shaking the faith” of a…

Born in the Mission Field

On May 15, 2019 at 8:24 p.m., we joyfully welcomed little Emmalynn (Emma) Rose Tumberg into the world! Unlike her sister Ali, who was born in the U.S., Emma was born in Thailand, our mission field. A handful of smiling nurses were there to help deliver her as Cindi pushed…

The Snake and the Promise

“Has anyone here ever been bitten by a snake?” Several of the kids’ hands shot up. Not surprising when you consider that our school is in a semi-rural farming community. Most of our students’ homes are ringed with lush rice paddies and thick foliage, and many species of snakes make…

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