Monday, January 31, 2011

spring conference

Such a great weekend! We heard from Tom Yeakley on walking by faith, prayer, and the promises of God. What a challenge.
Hebrews 6:12
We do not want you to become lazy but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

How I love these ladies!

a little Scripture memory never hurt anybody!

the whole family together! :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

every language

" were slain and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9)."

This past summer I spent two months in Mozambique with Wycliffe Bible Translators. During those two months I lived with real-live missionaries and did cool linguistics research I could only dream about in the classroom. I swam in the Indian Ocean, rode in buses with live chickens, saw a well built by Vasco da Gama, and even got to speak Portuguese. I saw God at work in the lives of people halfway across the world and made amazing friendships.

But more than anything, I saw the reality of people living without the Bible in their own language. I saw the need for people who are willing to go. People who are willing to give up plans, comforts and conveniences. People who are willing to obey Jesus' command to go and make disciples of all nations. People who are looking ahead toward the day when people from every nation, tribe, people and language will stand before the throne and sing praises to our Lord.

The Bible is priceless. It is the living and active, infalliable Word of God. It is the sword of the Spirit, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. It is the spiritual milk by which we grow in understanding. This perfect, pure, everlasting, sweet book revives the soul, makes the simple wise, causes the heart to rejoice, enlightens our eyes, and most clearly tells us all about the creator, lover, and savior of our souls.

And there are over 300 million people living without the Bible! How can we not do everything in our power to give this precious book to the people of every language? My air-conditioning, Starbucks, comfort foods, aspirations, and fears seem silly in light of this question. Acts 2:39 says that "the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself." Without a doubt, I want to be part of taking God's promise to those who are far off. How can I not?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

hosea 6:3

Let us acknowledge the Lord; .
let us press on to acknowledge Him.
As surely as the sun rises, He will appear;
He will come to us like the winter rains, .
like the spring rains that water the earth.

Monday, January 3, 2011


You hear a lot about culture shock and it's counterpart reverse culture shock, but I never expected to have trouble remembering to flush my toilet paper!

This past year has been a whirlwind of cultural experiences for me and now I'm back to "normal." But normal isn't quite so normal anymore!

When I was prepared to expect something different, it was never that shocking. What got me the most were the things that I never even imagined could be different. That's when I realized what is truly ingraned in me by my culture--the things I never even considered could be done more than one way.