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Overwhelmed in India, a Party in Iowa, and a Stalking Santa…

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Overwhelmed in India, a Party in Iowa, and a Stalking Santa…

I standing in front of a makeshift stage in India in front of a crowd of people outfitted in a dizzying array of colors and fabrics, and I was truly overwhelmed. And not in a positive, “Wow, this is great” kind of way, but more of a, “How on earth can we possibly help meet all of these needs?” kind of way…     I had left Greece the day before, flown overnight through Bahrain, and then driven all day from Hyderabad to Latur, a small city in the most unreached state in India.  I had done my best to grab a few hours of sleep where I...

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Happy Thanksgiving! From Heartache to Healing

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Happy Thanksgiving!  From Heartache to Healing

“I didn’t understand what he was saying…” my new Afghani friend shook his head,” I couldn’t understand why he kept asking me if I was okay…” We were leaning against a dusty wrought iron railing on the second-story roof of a building on the island of Lesvos, Greece, soaking in five minutes of sun between discipleship training sessions at a Youth With a Mission refugee base.  There were several taller buildings blocking our view, and a tangle of olive trees and tall palms, but I knew that the Aegean Sea was just beyond them, and I could smell...

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How to Change the World… Really

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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 restaurant each morning before rushing out to share Jesus in the streets, churches, and conference centers of San Pedro. And throughout the week, we...

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Beautiful Failure

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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 deadline. My eyes are aching from lack of sleep, my caffeine-fueled mind is spinning with an ever-expanding list of last-minute “to-do’s,” and I know that I...

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Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

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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 surge of excitement but tonight, honestly, I just felt a little “off.” I had been feeling it all day, and moments before stepping on to the...

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Leaving it all on the Stage in Malta

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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 thin in comparison to the massive stage. “What happened?  Was there a miscommunication or something?  You guys have been promoting all...

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Praying for a Miracle in Malta!!

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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 extraordinary stories, and we’re praying for another this weekend. After hitting the streets this week to promote the event, we’re...

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Equipment Failure in the American Midwest

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Equipment Failure in the American Midwest

Um… hey Zach…” “What’s up?” I was squinting at my guitar tuner, trying to read the tiny display in the relentless glare of the August sun. “Sorry but…” my wife shook her head, “the iPad just shut down – it said the temperature was too high.” “Seriously?” I paused for the hundredth time to wipe my the sweat out of my eyes with the back of my hand, “Okay… um… lets get it under some shade or something.  Do we at least have mixes we can use for now?” We were sound-checking on an open wooden stage in the middle of Salem, Iowa, a small town...

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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

“I had gotten so good at stealing that I was soon one of the richest men men in the town.” “That’s incredible…” I leaned back in my chair and put my spoon onto my plate, letting it rest beside a generous portion of spicy eggs and flatbread, “You got that much money just from stealing?” Our team was sharing a late breakfast with a local pastor in the bustling downtown district of San Pedro Island, Belize.  The tin roof and thatched walls of the tiny restaurant were shielding us from the direct sunlight...

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

The sky was darkening quickly as the last glow of the sun faded over the high fence on my right. I heard a gull cry as it circled high above the gritty sand of the soccer stadium and dimly remembered that I had been excited this morning when someone had told me that the ocean was directly beyond the fence. But I quickly pushed the memory aside – right now I had a problem to solve. Moving quickly from one amplifier to another on the stage, I was fiddling with knobs in a vain effort to help fix the distortion we had been struggling with...

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