2016

A NATION DIVIDED

About 120 women had gathered in a room designed to hold 100. It was hot and crowded, but there was joy and a sense of anticipation in the atmosphere. In attendance were women in leadership: representatives from seventeen denominations from across South Sudan. Their love for God was evident in their exuberant worship (in both English and Arabic) and in the warm smiles on their faces.

A LIGHT OF HOPE IN CAMEROON.

The dust kicked up in the air as our car made its way down the boulevard that was teeming with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles all maneuvering their way through the directionally complicated and congested city streets. The African sun pounded with intense heat off the city streets of Douala, Cameroon.  We had traveled through the night to arrive in time for our scheduled frontline pastors meeting.

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

I peeked around the weary brick wall to find her smiling and stirring away. The pot on the fire contained a simple meal; the work of her aging hands would feed hundreds of hungry children that day who might not otherwise have access to food. Tucked away in a dark corner she faithfully tended to her post, pausing frequently to wipe her sweaty brow with the edge of her skirt.

HOME- HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE HOPE TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

I've had a single word in my thoughts this morning, "Home"... 

But it's not what you think. The usual warm fuzzy feelings that accompany my desire for home during the Christmas season have been replaced with a heaviness. It doesn't take much to trigger this sadness of the heart either. All I have to do is turn on the TV or open a news website. The world is hurting over a little country named Syria, a place many used to call home.