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Night of Power:       April 5
Night of Power: April 5

Intense. Powerful. Reverent. This night is the pinnacle of the year’s spiritual journey. Crowds will gather for worship while others join online. They will fast. Millions of prayer requests will rise to heaven while sermons echo. Thousands will recite verses and give...

The Palm Sunday Offering That Changed Everything
The Palm Sunday Offering That Changed Everything

Our mother tongue is the language we learned as kids from — you guessed it — our mamas. It is the language in which we think and pray and dream, and it is the language that touches our hearts and evokes emotions. It is the language in which the Word of God resonates...

The Problem of Blood
The Problem of Blood

What happens when a person dies? As any Kono person will tell you, when someone dies, there is the problem of blood. Not the blood of the person who passed away, but a blood sacrifice that is needed to ensure that the soul of the deceased will, indeed, make it to God....

Facing the Challenge
Facing the Challenge

Back in 2021, I was hiking up a mountain with a group of English students and friends. It was a steep and seemingly endless climb of hand-placed stone steps leading ever upwards. The sun hung low in the sky as my friends made plans to race to the top before sunset,...

Night of Power:       April 5
Thursday Prayer Focus

Urgent Recruitment Needs In Luke 10, before Jesus sent out the 72 disciples, He told them that the harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few. Then He instructed them to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out more workers. God wants us to ask Him to send out...

Night of Power:       April 5
Thursday Prayer Focus: Day of Fasting and Prayer

Because prayer is the strategy of Pioneer Bible Translators, our worldwide team intentionally sets aside a day of fasting and prayer every month. On this day, we join in unified prayer, offering up to our Father praises and requests collected especially for this day....

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...

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....

Aaron’s Breastpiece Meets My West Africa Village
Aaron’s Breastpiece Meets My West Africa Village

Kawah men aren’t much for jewelry, aside from traditional amulets for spiritual protection. But my Kawah lady friends love all things shiny. Sequins and metallic embroidery threads are their favorite fashion statements. Cheap costume jewelry abounds in the...

Bookends
Bookends

It was 1993. I was in junior high at the time, sporting fluffy bangs, big glasses, and braces, and my main worry was navigating the crowded halls of Kirby Junior High so as to ensure a seat in class next to someone I knew. Activities at school and church consumed most...

One Little Bible
One Little Bible

“Our friends invited us to go see a movie with them! It’s about Corrie ten Boom, and it’s only in theaters for two nights!”
Lydia’s eyes sparkled as she added, “And it’s the week your parents are visiting, so we don’t have to find a ba…

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...