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Thursday Prayer Focus
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...

The Wait We Don’t Want
The Wait We Don’t Want

“You will be my witnesses,” Jesus told His disciples soon before He ascended to heaven. “But first, wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.” Wait? This was the beginning of Jesus’ plan to change the world? It’s certainly not the way...

The Gift of Being Chosen
The Gift of Being Chosen

We didn't know what was going on, really, but just decided we should get in line because that's what everyone else was doing, and deep down, no one really wants to look out of place, right? The smiling faces and the beat of the drums let us know that this was a happy...

They Laugh in the Floodwaters
They Laugh in the Floodwaters

Every year when the rains come and the river swells, the land floods. When we visited North Africa prior to settling there, we could hear the children laughing and playing in the temporary lake created by the floodwaters.  Sadly, one morning we heard that a young...

Crossing the Rubicon?
Crossing the Rubicon?

My family just celebrated our 11th anniversary of life overseas. I’ve been looking back over the last decade and thinking about the key moments that have led us to where I am and who I am today.  What moments were important? When did we make the big...

The Love of Christ Compels us
The Love of Christ Compels us

It had been a full, busy week. We all had plans for Saturday. Mike needed to finish the sermon about which he’d been pondering and praying all week. William had a lot of loose ends to tie up in the finance office before leaving town for several days. Emily was...