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[21 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
The Battle

Spiritual Warfare.  Most Christians in the West hear that term and instantly think of crazy over-the-top charismatics, or some witchdoctor sitting in a smoke hut communing with the dead.  However, here in Africa, Spiritual Warfare is common jargon among Christians because it is something that they face literally everyday.  Here, it is more common for people to seek the help of a witchdoctor than it is to see a medical practitioner.  People face spirits everyday.  This week we have been working in Bugobi, Uganda, a small bush town.  Within a …

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[20 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Hut to Hut Evangelism

When I picture traveling evangelists, I usually imagine a bike, a crisp white shirt, and a perfectly tailored answer concerning salvation.  That, or a sweaty purple suit shouting something about fire, hell, and brimstone.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would become the very thing that I do not have a particularly good taste for.  In my mind, door-to-door evangelism was not only ineffective, but was intrusive, and certainly not the Lord’s plan for me.  One would think that seven months on the race would rid …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Paid In Full

What does it feel like to have all of your debts completely paid for?  What thoughts would go through your mind if you never felt the burden of finances again?  This week I got a little taste of heaven as I watched God free a precious girl from her burdens…
It was after dinner when Simone began her story.  I did not notice her much through the meal – she was a quiet girl, content to sit in the background while other people carried on the conversation.  It was only after …

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[25 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Melissa

So as I told you all last time, Martha, Ashley and I are on an adventure of living simply. Today I want to share with you about a little life that Martha is saving. The story is best straight from Martha‘s mouth, so I will let her tell you about this beautiful story of redemption.
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I spotted her from a distance sitting in the sun all alone. Right away I could tell something was not right. I approached the little girl to find her sitting in her own …

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[21 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
The Simple Life

This month, God has been working on my heart about what true Christian living looks like. What does it look like to actually be Jesus on the streets of a small town in Kenya, or the busy sidewalks of America? I posted earlier this month that God showed me how simple evangelism can be. I am beginning to think that simplicity is the mantle that Jesus is calling me to in all aspects of life. As I was painting a school building last week, I was …

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[20 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
From an Angel

Today I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life.  It happened while Martha, Ashley and I were doing house-to-house visits and happened upon the home of three Muslim girls, Morrine, Beva, and Hadeja.  Ashley, one of the most genuine and amazing women that I know, wrote an incredible testament to the story.
I could write about it, but I’ll let her explain it in her own special way….
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“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous …

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[9 Jan 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
Could It Be That Simple?

“Did that really just happen?”  That is the thought that has captured my mind the past several hours.  Today that plan was for us to go door-to-door to evangelize.  My lack of training in this area, coupled with high doubt that any good could possibly come from “Jesus salesmen”, served as a crippling appetizer for internal skepticism.  However, this is where I am called, so go I must.  We entered the first house – all 6 of us crammed in a mud hut with out translator Eric, and an unsuspecting …

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[7 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
Welcome to Africa!

I can’t believe it is already 2010.  Happy New Year!  This last year has been one of the most exciting years of my whole life.   One thing I love about God is that I know this is only beginning.  I cannot wait to see what this New Year holds!
One of the first exciting things I want to share with you is that I officially have all of my support raised!!!  Thank you SOOO much to all of you who have contributed and joined me in prayer.   Raising money was the …

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[8 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Refiner’s Fire

 

I heard the story once of how precious metal, like gold, is worked in the fire.  The story goes that the metal is completely burned up inside the flame.  It gets so hot that it completely looses its original form.  It becomes almost liquid-like in state, as if no strength is left to make it firm.  Then the gold is turned over and over and over again until all of the impurities are melted off.  This process can sometimes take hours for everything to burn off.  Finally, the metalworker knows …

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[28 Nov 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
Reckless Abandonment

When I was in Middle School, I read a book called Lady in Waiting.  It was a devotional for girls to teach them how to become mighty women of God.  It has been about 10 years since I have read that book, but its impact is still making waves in my life today.  The first chapter is titled “A Lady of Reckless Abandonment”. It focuses on the beautiful story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive jar of perfume.  This is one of my favorite stories because …