How To Cause a Kenyan Traffic Jam

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

How To Cause a Kenyan Traffic Jam

It was rush hour in Nairobi. And we were making the most of it. Across the street from our makeshift stage, a dense throng of brightly dressed shoppers was haggling loudly over vegetables, chickens, hubcaps, purses, and cellphone accessories under the shade of an enormous acacia tree. A group of several hundred had gathered in front us, drawn by the loud music and the sight of our friend John...

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Oppression in India

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

Oppression in India

“Hey Zach, can I get your help over here?” “Sure man,” I looked up from the brightly colored throng of people in front of me and tried to wipe the sweat out of my eyes with the back of my hand, probably leaving a dirty smudge across my forehead, “What’s up? We had just finished a performance in Latur, India, one of the most unreached cities in one of the most unreached provinces in the country,...

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

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

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...

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Happy Thanksgiving! From Heartache to Healing

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

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...

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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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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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