Some of the struggles we have in going…

April 4, 2017

We all face numerous struggles in going to and living in another culture. But our struggles are all so normal. What is interesting is to discover that we aren’t alone in this. Even the Apostles faced similar struggles in their lives. This post we want to look at one Apostle in particular, and look at his…

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Seeing, Feeling, Changing: Compassion Unleashed

February 14, 2017

One of the characteristics of the prophets was that they could feel the pain of others: they could feel the pain God felt; they could feel the pain that their own people would feel when they came face to face with the judgment that was awaiting them if they did not turn away from their…

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The Wise Men, the Star, and Us (An Advent Message)

November 28, 2016

The Wise Men! Tradition numbers them as three due to the three gifts given to the Christ child: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. If you have seen the Franco Ziffarelli epic, Jesus of Nazareth, you can see how the Wise Men add a wonderfully romantic touch to the birth narrative. Three wealthy men coming out of nowhere, dressed in…

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How are we doing? Not so well.

June 3, 2016

In Matthew 28 Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (that is, all peoples). These words of Jesus should cause all of us who claim to follow him to pause. I am sure it caused the disciples to pause. First,…

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A note about statistics

May 26, 2016

Statistics about workers and the work in restricted access areas are difficult to come by; and they are difficult to validate. This is why we limit our use of them. However, statistics are a useful tool. They help us visualize the world around us. This is why we use them. We want to help people get a picture of the…

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