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Potential

Potential: the capacity for something or someone to develop and change. ADRA International has reported that more than 90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school. Why? Because caregivers, educators, policymakers, and the societies at large do not see the potential within these children to…

Distance Ministry

“Happy New Year!” I was video chatting with Aaron. It was midmorning here in the States, but the New Year had just arrived in Central Asia. We had a great chat until Aaron finally said that he needed to sleep. Then I sent New Year’s greetings to all my Central…

Australia, Canada and Beyond

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know exactly what you would be doing for the Lord? He has plans we know nothing about. We are transitioning to be ambassadors at large for AFM. What does this mean? We will spend time in Australia, Canada and other…

Music and Ministry: A Grandmother’s Story

When Aorm first began coming to church and taking music lessons at Peace Music Academy, I remember thinking that she was a very gifted young lady—polite, outgoing and highly conversant for her age. Why did she start coming in the first place? One of our members, Yai Tongjan, began bringing…

Stumbling Block

Training and developing leaders is a long, intensive process without a well-defined endpoint. No one can say, “I’m done with training, so I’m a leader now.” In any culture, learning to lead is a multi-layered process. After our first Palawano baptisms 24 years ago, we started working with the new…

Pray for Open Doors

“How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” “. . .when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, . . . a door was opened to me by the Lord” (Rom. 10:14; 2 Cor. 2:12). The door…

Cursed Heater and Blessed Christians

“It’s freezing to death in here!” someone exclaimed. The truck’s heater was broken, and it was early January. We are thankful to be in the States for furlough, seeing friends and family and sharing stories of what God is doing in the Philippines. Someone graciously allowed us to use this…

Saving a Finger

Actually, we don’t have to amputate!” I knew Pou Koi was relieved to hear me say that. He was reclined on a fold-up dentist chair in the middle of my kitchen. A bright, makeshift light was hanging from our ceiling fan. Sterile drapes and medical utensils were spread out on…

Aasha

“Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!” my children belted out. We were singing at the top of our lungs, and the concrete walls of our apartment echoed with our voices. We were trying to sing loud enough to drown out the Hindu music playing on the loudspeakers outside. Every…

Almost Home

I was ready to fly from Manila to Puerto Princessa, but I still needed my last document, a letter that had to be signed by the mayor of Brooke’s Point allowing me to enter the territory. The signed letter came in on Facebook Messenger at about 8 a.m., just in…

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