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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...

Thursday Prayer Focus: A Kitchen Faucet Almost Sent Me Home
Thursday Prayer Focus: A Kitchen Faucet Almost Sent Me Home

The Faucet Problem I felt utterly defeated. I just lay there as water kept pouring out of the new kitchen faucet I was certain I had installed properly.  I grew up with a handy dad. We fixed things ourselves whenever we could. I also worked construction and...

Taste and See
Taste and See

At a crossroads in the dusty ground, the music reaches our ears. Just past the cozy gathering of houses and huts, yet near enough to be noticed, stands the small cement church in the village, much like a new child at school waiting for an invitation to play with the...

Of Toddlers and Mango Trees
Of Toddlers and Mango Trees

It’s hard being a toddler. You stumble and fall regularly, you are often misunderstood, and things out of your control can incite you to throw little “demonstrations” in order to get your point across.…

I Am a Foreign Weirdo
I Am a Foreign Weirdo

Being an alien and stranger is no fun. Ask me about it. Everywhere we go, people stare at us. They grab at us to touch our skin and hair. They unashamedly point and stare at us in public. They sometimes treat us like royalty, bestowing on us white privilege...

Breaking Traditions: How Matthew 15 Resonated in a Mapa Church
Breaking Traditions: How Matthew 15 Resonated in a Mapa Church

A whip cracked outside the wood and thatch church building. Children screamed and ran. Adults, packed onto the log bench “pews,” tensed as they turned to look toward the entryway.  An old man stormed in, and his angry words tumbled out. My husband and I were still new...