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Mandi

The first time I met Mandi, she was wearing a beautiful red “kurti” (Indian dress) and golden “dupatta” (shawl) that molded against her curving sides and flowed as she walked. But it was the beautiful smile that lighted up her whole face that was most captivating. “Hello Sister,” she sang…

Sudden Acceleration

Wait. Did I just read that correctly? Hello, Jason and Steve, The visa has been approved. Please check with the Mission. For the last year, fellow Gogodala Project missionaries Steve and Laurie Erickson have been lending their cumulative experience to help my family and me through the process of acquiring…

Jungle House Call

The smell of rotting flesh permeated the air as our patient took off the plastic bag that covered his diseased foot. As a nurse, I have seen many wounds and sores, but this was one of the worst. His son, Kityun, had come to our mountain jungle clinic in Kamantian…

Late Night Studies with Ta

“Would you like to study the Bible with me?” I asked over the rush of traffic. The streetlights illuminate the uneven sidewalk as my friend Ta and I walked side-by-side along the four-lane road. Ta had joined our family on an evening stroll, chasing after our giggling girls and holding…

Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

We finally made it to training. By the time you read this article, we will be halfway through our three-month training session in Michigan. As we ventured on our long road trip from Florida, we came across a few bumps in the road, which are to be expected as we…

But God Looks On the Inside

Recently, Hattay, a member of our group, asked me what I thought about dreams. Hattay grew up with a heavy Jewish influence in this Muslim-dominant country and found his way to Jesus later in life. Because of some deep indoctrinations, first from the Jewish community and then from the Protestant…

A Big Call for Small People

I watch the sun go down from the balcony of the eleventh story. The city is still swarming, crowded and loud. Around us, 150,000 people are going about their lives, most of them only worrying about survival. We are a foreign family of four. I feel small. As we shop,…

One Blessing After Another

God has us on a fast track to Poplar, Montana. Want to come along? Last May, we took a trip to Poplar, Montana, to join Spirit Lake, Idaho, church members, as they worked toward completion of the Living Hope Community Center. While in Poplar, we also wanted to explore our…

The Universal Language of Caring

“No Ali today?” I asked Osman, the nut seller, as I glanced over my shoulder at a truck of watermelons where our farmer friend usually sold apples and other fruits from his farm. “Didn’t you hear?” Osman said with a sad look. “You remember his nephew who used to come…

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