How to Change the World… Really

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017

How to Change the World… Really

Something was wrong with our waitress. Sitting under the shade of a canopy in Cotê d’Ivoire, Africa, I could already feel myself beginning to sweat in the humid morning heat. Our team had been eating breakfast at this same outdoor table every day for the past week – with many of us leaving at different times to minister throughout the city, it had been easiest for us to meet at this hotel...

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Beautiful Failure

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017

Beautiful Failure

I am writing this while hunched over my laptop, squinting at the screen in the passenger seat of a moving car. White Ribbon Day is heading to Côte d’Ivoire (or “Ivory Coast” for all of us non-French speakers out there.) The last few days have been a blur of last-minute scrambling, culminating in a frantic morning spent trying to replace a lost immunization card before our 11 AM departure...

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Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

“In just a minute I’m going to give you a chance to take a stand and say yes to Jesus.” The metal handle of the microphone felt cold in my hands as I squinted into the stadium lights – I had been pacing back-and-forth at the limits of the mic cord in front of a football field full of young people for the last 15 minutes, and usually at this point I would be feeling a strong...

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Leaving it all on the Stage in Malta

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017

Leaving it all on the Stage in Malta

“There’s no one here…  the show is supposed to start in, like, 5 minutes and there’s no one here…” My friend was exaggerating.  Dozens of volunteers had been working tirelessly for several hours, and dozens more onlookers had already gathered around the concession stands around the festival grounds, but still, the small crowd that had gathered looked pretty...

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Praying for a Miracle in Malta!!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017

Praying for a Miracle in Malta!!

As I begin to WRITE this blog, we are en route to Malta.  As you READ it, we will be preparing for this weekend’s large festival outreach. For years, we’ve been inspired by the stories of redemption from this island nation: the miraculous circumstances surrounding Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 28) and the heroic courage of the Maltese knights in the Middle Ages.  It is a nation with...

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