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Silver Linings

I’ve been looking for silver linings lately. Have you? With the pandemic, the isolation, and the uncertainty that has brought a dark cloud to multitudes all around the world, humanity is experiencing a momentous need for light. There is no better time than now to shine like a city on…

Introducing the Cardona Family

For years, we knew that God had called us to be missionaries. We just didn’t know when or where. I wish we had listened more purposefully to the gentle tugs of the Spirit and the whispers of our Father. But instead we waited until, after seven years of marriage, our…

Lilly

When we first met Lilly, she had a hidden yearning in her heart. She wanted to tell other people about Jesus, and she wondered how God would use her. Baptized a little more than two years ago, she had been on a journey in pursuit of truth for more than…

Reality

“Hi Honey, how are you doing?” I could tell from Esther’s voice over the phone that something was bothering her. I tried to pull my attention away from work to hear what she had to say. “Do you think that we will actually go to serve the Yasna people? I’m…

Yasmina and Nuraddin

Meeting people is not easy these days during quarantine, so please allow me to introduce you to some of our friends. This family’s hearts, like ours, are torn between two neighboring lands—Youland, the homeland of our people, and Hisland where we reside since we had to leave Youland. Yasmina is…

I Will Lie Down and Sleep

Dan’s cousin George was in the hospital once again with yet another episode of severe shortness of breath. His lungs were failing. Hooking him up to oxygen and administering morphine was all the doctors could do to make his last days of life endurable. Dan had no time to waste.…

Lockdown and Onions

Getting to know your neighbors as a foreigner who can’t speak the local language is challenging enough. Add quarantine orders and being confined to a tiny apartment, and you have the perfect recipe for ultimate isolation. We have all developed strategies to feel less lonely. My husband is calling all…

Editorial: June 2020

Mission work in the time of COVID-19—what does it look like? It depends on your perspective. From our human perspective, things look pretty bleak right now. Canceled travel. Confinement at home. Isolation from friends. Depleting bank accounts. Anxiety. Feelings of helplessness. Temptations to despair. But in this month’s reports from…

The Weather Man

The other day, our neighbor’s ceiling collapsed with a crash into the living room. The roof had been leaking for years, so the plywood ceiling finally yielded. So our neighbor, who lives and works 50 km from here and only comes home on weekends, commissioned some carpenters to redo the…

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