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The Signal and the Strength: A Poem Inspired by Acts 1-2
The Signal and the Strength: A Poem Inspired by Acts 1-2

Before the ends of the earth, there was an end. Before the Spirit came, the Savior left. And they waited — not looking at the sky for the return of what was past, but devoting themselves to prayer for the revealing of what was promised. Do not look for times and...

Let it Be Rain
Let it Be Rain

For a time, we lived in a refugee camp with people who had fled across the border from war in their home area. That border was less than 30 miles away, and when their villages were bombed, our tin roof would shake. Learning to distinguish the sounds of war from the...

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...

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...

Amna
Amna

It’s not that I haven’t been around dead babies before. This is a refugee camp in North Africa. Babies die every day. Malaria. Malnutrition. Dysentery. Other generic tragedies that make up the backdrop of a life marked by poverty and war. The story is...

The Welcoming Prayer
The Welcoming Prayer

The practice of contemplative prayer has meant a lot to Eva in the past few years. It is a practice of consent to the healing presence and action of God within our hearts. As we pray a welcoming prayer, we are invited to embrace even our most painful emotional...

The First Year
The First Year

You go through so much training and preparation before moving overseas. You enlist your prayer and financial partners, make your plans, say your prayers and goodbyes, and step into the life of your dreams … and it absolutely knocks the wind right out of you....

No Road Impassable
No Road Impassable

Believe it or not, there is a road somewhere under all that water! During the rainy season in semi-arid North Africa, rivers overflow and dirt roads can become nearly impassable.  As missionaries, sometimes the road ahead also seems impassable. First there are...

Namesake
Namesake

Once there was a North African baby who was named after me, and before she was a year old, she died tragically. A few years later, our translator’s baby daughter — named after one of my teammates — also died. I am tempted to say this is their story, and the story of...