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Certifiable!

Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand, and from the newly-certified graduate of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language program! I spent most of February studying and practice teaching in a TEFL course, from which I graduated on February 27. I have been wanting to take the course for so many years, but time and finances and… Continue reading Certifiable!

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Help Us Get to Bub’s Graduation, Down the Mekong

Our outreach location has been announced. God is taking us to the dry places along the largest source of water through Southeast Asia - the Mekong River. God spoke very clearly through us as a staff and also through the students, even before they realized what they were praying about. It was quite amazing. Now,… Continue reading Help Us Get to Bub’s Graduation, Down the Mekong

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Redemption and Repentance

Students molding clay to express how God has been working through their lives. ALMOST ONE MONTH IN Week 4 of discipleship training school already? It’s hard to believe just a few weeks ago we were praying for students’ visas and safe travels, and now we are preparing for our first outreach! We will travel soon… Continue reading Redemption and Repentance

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How Loss Turns Into Gain: Let’s Take A Stroll Through My Kitchen

Show Us LOSS - A weekly writing challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.com There is a phrase I used to recite when the emotions I had bottled up inside for so long threatened to bubble up to the top and spew out. “No matter how bad I think I’ve had it, someone else has had it… Continue reading How Loss Turns Into Gain: Let’s Take A Stroll Through My Kitchen

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Jack, My Hero, Thank God You Were On Call

I wrote a column long ago about the importance of telling people thank you and I love you and you hold a special place in my heart before you can’t tell them anymore. Those moments of too late creep up on us, though, and there we stand behind the pulpit at a funeral recounting magical… Continue reading Jack, My Hero, Thank God You Were On Call

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For Christy: “He’s My God, Too”

(My wrap-up and personal application for 1 Timothy in the School of Biblical Studies, University of the Nations.) I had a friend in high school who upon hearing the phrase, “Oh, gawwwwd,” would always, every time, she never missed a beat, the second it came out of someone’s mouth retort, “He’s my God, too.” Used… Continue reading For Christy: “He’s My God, Too”

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Hitting Bottom: How Tough is a Samsonite?

You’ll have to forgive the glumness of my last two posts. Although I have nothing to hide, and I resolved long ago to remain transparent, I am not usually one to lay out my naked feelings for all the world to see. God has been challenging me, however, to do just that. I am finding… Continue reading Hitting Bottom: How Tough is a Samsonite?

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My New Self

(My wrap-up and application to Ephesians - University of the Nations, School of Biblical Study.) I remember the day the girls’ dad left our house. I had finally had enough of his drinking, his physical abuse, his name-calling, his non-stop need to control my every move. I had to file a court order to have… Continue reading My New Self

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Filtering Out the Bad Stuff

We are heading to Northern Thailand, near the Burmese border, tomorrow to help install water filters and a hydroponics system for people in a Shan village. We want to accomplish a lot of things in the short three days we will be with them. Not only do we want to provide a source for clean… Continue reading Filtering Out the Bad Stuff

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Keeping It Clean

This morning I saw a photo on my friend's Facebook page of two little boys in Africa gathering water from a reedy pond near their remote village. It reminded me of the outreach we are taking next week to work with the Shan people near the Burmese border. We will install water filters and hydroponics… Continue reading Keeping It Clean