Why do I want to go to Africa to teach Bible and theology? I began hearing that question more frequently with the spread of Ebola, as well as the terrorist attack in Garissa, Kenya. Continue reading
If you’re not familiar with the phrase “partnership development,” you may have heard of the concept by another name, such as the phrase “support raising” or perhaps “developing a support network” or something along those lines. For missionaries, it means gathering a group of people who want to partner with the missionary in their work, through prayers, encouragement, or finances. And even if you grew up as a missionary kid, like me, it’s still a process that feels uncomfortable and awkward at times. Continue reading
This past Monday, those in the U.S. celebrated Memorial Day, a holiday honoring people in the U.S. military who have given their lives on behalf of their country. I didn’t grow up in the U.S., so it’s not a holiday I grew up with, nor is it the country I grew up thinking of as ‘home’. However, I’ve now been living in the U.S. for many years, and have come to value, appreciate and love a lot about this country. Also, my grandfather served in the U.S. military in World War 2, and I respect and honor what he did. I have never had to make the sort of difficult choices and face death on a regular basis as many in the military do.
Okay, the long absence was due to PhD busy-ness and a trip to work on further developing a team of prayer and financial support. And probably also to the fact that I just don’t know what to write sometimes. Now that I do have something I really want to share, I’m back. Continue reading
You may have heard that on April 2, the Kenyan town of Garissa was attacked by an Islamic group, Al-Shabaab, who killed approximately 147 students at a university there, particularly making a point of singling out Christians. Continue reading
America generally likes things quickly. We hate to wait, and generally faster is better. Now, to be fair, I do enjoy driving a bit fast at times, and I do appreciate that I never have to wait long at my bank here in the U.S. It’s amazing! But faster is definitely not always better. Continue reading
I’m not sure why, but multiple people in the last week – even though they’re well aware I’m single – asked about my Valentine’s Day plans. Um, I went to work, and that was it! Thanks for rubbing it in, people. ;) (just kidding) Continue reading