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Your God is a Baby?

“Your God is a baby?” Nga says, her brown eyes twinkling with intrigue. “Yes, uh, no,” I respond in my infantile Sinim speech. “He lived in heaven. Then God gave His son to live here as a baby. Baby Jesus. Then, when He was older, He went back to heaven.…

Amazing Things

Often when we hear mission testimonies, we might tend to think that the reality presented there is far different from ours. We all have listened to those amazing stories filled with danger when God shows His power in a crucial moment. Coming to the mission field, that was what I…

Riyana’s Labor

Just before noon, Piping ran into the clinic. Sweat streamed down her face as she told Carrie the situation. A young lady named Riyana had gone into labor earlier that morning and had partially delivered a breech baby, but the last that Piping had heard, the baby’s head was still…

Shared Sorrow

*Grandma Gulaap* was one of the first women I met in the village after I joined the AFM team in Ubon Ratchathani as a student missionary almost two years ago, and our relationship has been deepening ever since. In the beginning, Grandma Gulaap would come every week to our women’s…

Catching Up

“Did you see Mellissa while you were in America?” someone from the crowd asked eagerly. Before I could reply, I was peppered with questions from every direction. “How about Scott? Is he a doctor yet?” “Did you talk to Kuya Te? Does he have a child yet?” “What about Kim?…

Seeking the Lost

One day I was flying a drone carrying a blood sample from one of our Kemantian mission clinic patients to a lowland team member who would take it to a hospital for testing, but the flight went awry. I lost contact with the drone, and it went down somewhere in…

Just the Beginning

My grandparents were missionaries and used to tell my brother and me captivating stories of their time in Africa. Now I am serving as an AFM student missionary in Thailand. I teach violin, music theory and English in two schools. My experience here isn’t much like my grandparents’ stories. I…

A World of Difference

Ever wonder what difference a year of service as a student or short-term missionary can really make? Can you learn enough of the local language to bring anyone to Jesus? How effective can you really be? To answer these questions, let me share four stories about the ways our student…

Turn of Events

“I know my roommate is reading my Bible when I am out of the room. I can see that it is in a different place. We have lots of discussions about the Bible, and I have been able to do some studies with him,” Victor told me. “Can I get…

The Seeker

Recently, a request for a book came through one of our social media platforms. The man emailed us asking specifically for a book about the Trinity and the Holy Spirit. One of our student missionaries who managed our social media site had been in contact with him. He packed up…

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