Language is like a mosaic. When you have the right words and know how to put them together, it can be absolutely beautiful. Think of all the millions of things you can communicate with a limited number of words. You use different ones and put them together in different ways, and you get a new message. It’s like combining different tiles of the mosaic in different ways to get different pictures. Some are simple; some are much more complex.
And something ...
I have heard it said that Ministry Partnership Development (MPD) has two ditches. After five years of working through our own MPD and as a MPD training facilitator and coach, there is truth to the statement.
The first ditch is the one where the missionary views support raising as something they have to do, have to endure, have to go through to get to their “real” role. The second ditch is the one where the missionary decides that raising up a team to ...
God Plus Nothing
World War II had not yet begun, but the threat of it was already being felt. And in the Malayan jungle a different kind of war was waging, and a tall, young missionary was rapidly becoming a casualty.
For three years, Paul Fleming had fought an onslaught of malaria attacks. His once strong body was weakened by the fevers, his strength slowly fading away, and it looked as though he were beaten.
I’m tired of buses.
I need to buy a car!
Okay, I WANT to buy a car.
No, no, I want to buy a truck!
Well it has to have 4×4.
but maybe I will just get a smaller SUV.
Nope, I want a truck.
I don’t even have a driver’s license,
and I COULDN’T get one because my paperwork wasn’t processed…
I have been battling the decision of what vehicle to buy for MONTHS and I have several friends who have been very patiently helping me. Finally I ...
Honestly, the reason this has been on my mind is because there have been many times over the past almost five weeks where I have asked myself “is this worth it?”
Is it worth having dirty children every single day?
Is it worth all the mosquitoes, nets and bug spray?
Is it worth feeling silly every time I open my mouth to try to speak Swahili?
Is it worth ...