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Christmas Vacation Bible School

It was Christmas Eve morning, and the missionary house was already abuzz. Marcus had been up early sweeping the floors and wiping down dusty tables. I had been up late the previous night feverishly cutting colored construction paper. Daniel had been out on the porch for long hours lashing together…

The Battle

I finished washing the breakfast dishes and went up to the guest room where I had slept the night before. Opening my Bible, I spent some time reading and communing with God. I knew I needed this time in His presence to face the day. Yesterday was filled with anxiety…

Theary Under Fire

“Hey, Jesus! Where are you going, Jesus?” Theary’s neighbors scoff at her when she gets on her motorbike to leave her house. She has earned this nickname by being the only Christian in her mostly-Buddhist village. She is not ashamed of her faith, and she politely refuses to go to…

God’s Perfect Provision

It’s so wonderful to know that our God sees just what we need, both now and in the distant future, and that He makes provision for those unknown needs far in advance! Again and again, we have seen this repeated in big and small ways. I want to give a…

One Place at a Time

An urgent call came from one of our adult daughters living in the U.S. Life was closing in on her. She needed my help, but I was halfway around the world. I tried to console her over the phone, but I yearned to be there in person. I felt a…

Building Friendships

God has placed a number of His dear children in our path, and we continue to do all we can to build relationships. We keep in touch via WhatsApp with our student friend who works at an NGO. Some of our next-door neighbors joined the Christmas program at our church,…

SMILE: The Gift of Short-Term Volunteers

“Stop right here. This is it,” I called to the driver. The small taxi pulled to the curb, and our family jumped out onto the sidewalk. We walked down the familiar narrow alleyway that led to our Sinim friend’s home. This was a special visit, because we were bringing Missy…

A Child’s Joy

Ever since I started teaching some English classes in my garage, we have had the neighbor kids coming by, full of curiosity. They are probably wondering, What are these foreigners up to now? Shyly they come into the garage and tap so lightly on our door that sometimes I wonder…

Don’t Get Lost, My Love!

I twisted the throttle of the moto, picking up speed as a cloud of dust and sand billowed behind me. It was a lovely morning, but I knew it would be a race to accomplish my mission before nightfall. I needed to get the truck and bring it back to…

Unexpected

God often uses unexpected ways to teach people about Him, and this was certainly my experience with Nuu. I had been a student missionary in Thailand for four months when I began to feel dissatisfied. I was doing my best in my duties, but I could feel that God wanted…

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