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Thursday Prayer Focus: Simple But Not Easy
Thursday Prayer Focus: Simple But Not Easy

Many of our overseas workers live in places with limited access to goods and services that much of the world’s population take for granted. During a recent visit, the mother of one of our teammates saw stark differences between her home country and the rural location...

A Lesson in Hospitality
A Lesson in Hospitality

When we landed in West Africa for the first time, I naturally took everything in through my own cultural lens, though I mistakenly believed myself to be open-minded and impartial. It is a noble goal to be unbiased in our assessments of life, but since the only way we...

An Angry Rampage, a Severe Injury, and an Unexpected Outcome
An Angry Rampage, a Severe Injury, and an Unexpected Outcome

2011 I had just arrived in the village of Angguna to work alongside my teammate Martha Wade for several weeks. During my first night there, panicked people brought a child to Martha’s house. He was slumped over, and his head was bleeding. In the cacophony of...

Mamata, Dare I Hope?
Mamata, Dare I Hope?

Mamata, I got to watch you grow and make your mistakes along the way; Scrubbing floors with your little one at home, like so many everyday. Another poor choice: a second baby, with still another man. Wishing for more, looking for love, trapped in the cycle of strife....

Poverty At The Incarnation
Poverty At The Incarnation

Baby Jesus, when Mary birthed you in Bethlehem, I don’t suppose you noticed that your wardrobe was lacking. You probably had two changes of clothes, just like little Senna next door. His mother got pregnant out of wedlock too, you know. So you were Tchotcho, your...

Thursday Prayer Focus: Simple But Not Easy
Thursday Prayer Focus

It was Christmas Eve. I wasn’t in much of a holiday mood, though. The selection of potential gifts for our children had seemed pretty sparse in the local shops. Our artificial Christmas tree looked so pathetic cowering in its corner, and the abundant ornaments hanging...

Why Were the Shepherds Watching the Sheep?
Why Were the Shepherds Watching the Sheep?

“Where did this happen?” “Near Bethlehem.” “What kind of place is Bethlehem?” “A small village.” “What appeared in the sky?” “An angel.” Christmas was approaching, and the Apal people were about to hear Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in their own language for the...

Intrusion? Or Mercy?
Intrusion? Or Mercy?

Our God is merciful. Every day He lovingly provides for the needs of His children. With the unusual situations they face, missionaries are in a position to be keenly aware of these daily mercies. Martha Wade is a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea. The village where...

How to Find Rest
How to Find Rest

God told us to find rest, but how can we? One of God’s instructions to His people — indeed, a clear command — was to rest. What a welcome idea this must have been to the newly liberated Israelite people, who had lived in slavery their entire lives...

A Breach in the Dam
A Breach in the Dam

Write a blog for Pioneer Bible Translators? “No problem!” I said. After all, I’ve been with Pioneer Bible Translators for nearly two decades. I could tell stories of how I overcame my shyness to answer God’s call to missions. I could share awkward fundraising...

The Coffee Ritual
The Coffee Ritual

I am on a dry, cracked dirt path. The raised, bumpy part I walk on is only wide enough to go single file, so I carefully watch the flip-flops in front of me as they flap, flap, flap on the feet of my friend. I copy her every step as she picks the most level places and...

Watch Out for Falling… What?
Watch Out for Falling… What?

My phone rang. It was Sepa, my village father. It was late and I was tired. In addition, I was still working to bring my Tok Pisin language skills back up to where they’d been before a year in the U.S. took its toll on them. I answered the phone anyway. Sepa was...