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Mr. Affirmative and the Brain Cure

Let’s just call him “Mr. Affirmative” to somewhat mask his identity. “My brain is filled with sawdust,” Mr. Affirmative lamented to me one afternoon. I can’t remember anything.” (This was back in 2007 when I was an advisor to the Seventh-day Adventist church in Tai-Kadai and Mr. Affirmative had come…

The Bilum

Although there is traditional dress in Papua New Guinea, it is usually reserved for special occasions. “Bilums” (pronounced: bee lum) are equally distinctive, but they are worn and used all the time. A bilum is functionally a purse or carry-bag. They range in size from a wallet up through a…

Be alert

We have the assurance that God has been working among the Himadri people even when they are not aware of it. A few days ago, my daughter, Arlene, asked me if Satan is loose in the world? The question took me by surprise, but I explained it according to 1…

Coming Home Again

One morning this past spring, my five-year-old daughter, Ali, came down the stairs after listening to a Starting with Jesus podcast for her morning devotion and said, “Dad, in the Bible lesson this morning, they said that Jesus has delayed his coming.” “Yes, He has,” I replied, mildly surprised by…

Imbri

The 13-year-old boy looked like he did not have long to live — pale, thin, very weak and with labored breath. Never have I seen an X-ray that looked so bad. I trained as a nurse, not a radiologist. But I know that the lungs should look blackish in a…

Heartbroken

“What did the doctor say?” I asked Rose as we sat together on the bench at the farm. “It was very sad,” she responded. I then knew that she understood the condition of her longed-for baby girl. About five years earlier Rose was pregnant. Her husband left her not long…

How Could We Say No?

“Sister, I have found some children to send to the Adventist school. We need to find someone to sponsor them.” Reeva’s voice came to me over the phone from halfway around the world on the border of Himadria. Together, the two of us began praying for the children, who were…

Second Try

“I thought you guys had left already!” “You’re still here?” “When are you leaving for PNG?” The answers to all these questions are: no, we haven’t left yet; yes, we’re still living in Michigan; and no, we have no idea when we will leave. But we are getting good at…

Dealing With a Papilionoidea-n Panic Attack

“And WHAT exactly is that?” someone asked. I was lifting weights in our village gym the other day while listening to some beautiful new worship songs that led me to contemplate how God’s goodness and grace saves us and holds us fast. This meditation also helps me better communicate that…

Watched!

“Please! Come and teach us!” the man pleaded with Ramon as twilight fell on the windswept sand of the dry river bed. “For nearly thirty years, we have been watching you. When the white missionaries first came, we were sure they would kill and eat you. When you accepted their…

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