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The Hidden Quarterly

“Would you like to come to church with me?” Nance asked Kalina, her friend who lived a few doors down. The next Sabbath, the two girls attended the Primary Sabbath School class together. Kalina soon fell in love with the songs and Bible stories. At first, memorizing the memory verse…

It’s Your Choice

“What’s the most important thing to have in life?” my foster son, Mek, asked me. “God,” I answered without hesitation. “Of course, God is important because he gave us life, but I’m thinking of something else aside from God, but that comes from God.” I didn’t have an answer, so…

A Mighty Witch Doctor Comes to the Clinic

As I eyed the devil string around Lawangan’s waist, a bold idea shot into my head. I turned to the witch doctor’s wife and asked, “May I cut this off?” Her eyes grew big, and her hand shot up to cover her mouth. She bent over her husband’s head. “May…

Praying For the Wind to Blow

When visiting Papua New Guinea or while living in Cambodia, many times I would lie praying for wind to blow at night so we could rest. As soon as I would hear the rustling of the palm branches or the moving amongst the tall grass I would send a thank…

Home Visits

Back in early April, another wave of COVID-19 infections hit Bangkok. After nearly a year of very few cases being reported throughout Thailand, new cases began popping up all over the country, and we were forced to go back into lockdown again. We had to close the creative learning center…

Three Years in Paradise

Mangoes, coconuts, and sun. Multiply that by 1,275 days and you will have a picture of our time in Cambodia. But that is not why we came. We came to tell the Cham people that they do not belong to the father of lies — Jesus has bought them. Jesus…

A Heart Like a Child

Our excitement is building as we near the date to begin training for our launch as missionaries to Croatia. As I write these words, the nerves creep in slowly. I now look at everything around me in light of beginning our mission — how my children interact with others, how…

Home Where You Don’t Belong

If you are familiar with our journey, then you know how difficult it is for us to call any place “home.” In this line of work, there’s always confusion about where you belong. Sometimes we would joke about being homeless, not because we do not have a roof over our…

The Return

Since returning from Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2014, Cindy and I have been the typical returned missionaries — unsettled, dissatisfied and transient. In nine years, we have moved seven times. After eight years in a remote PNG village, returning to the American ‘rat race’ was thoroughly anticlimactic. It is…

The Reluctant Shepherd

It was a calm and peaceful Sunday following the struggle of spending an entire Sabbath speaking Turkish. I woke up a little bit later, had some wonderful devotion time, and followed that up with a delicious breakfast. After doing a bit more reading, I decided I wanted to go for…

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