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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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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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

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...

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