missions

Five Ways to Show a Stranger the Love of God

We encounter people every day who need love. It is through the expression of human love that we begin to relate to the love of God. [Anne] knew and cared nothing about God’s love, since she had never had it translated to her through the medium of human love. (Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables) Showing love to a spouse or a child can be easy when you know their love language. You [Read more...]

Gathering the Harvest

I am two generations removed from true dependence on the family garden for food. Just close enough to remember picking an armful of vegetables and fruit from the garden, yet far enough away that my own garden consists of a single tomato plant growing from a bag of garden soil in the back yard. We had a little garden in the front yard of my childhood home. I remember watching sprouts turn to [Read more...]

Come, Lord Jesus (but Wait)

My high-school-self was a little conflicted about the return of Christ. I remember staring up at the sky. The ground lay hard beneath me; the sky, soft and endless above me. I could almost imagine the puffs of white parting as Jesus broke through eternity to come get His Church. At first, this brought a sense of joy. Then, a little panic began to creep in; a dark cloud in my blue sky. I wanted to [Read more...]

Do Your Gospel Thing

About a year ago I started processing where I have been, what my passions are, and what I dream for the future. I landed on writing. The best platform for a writer to practice and receive feedback is blogging. Here’s the thing about writing, blogging specifically: it is scary and hard. You write your best piece and expect it to possibly, maybe, pick up some steam or catch fire. What you get [Read more...]

Missions: Go or Give?

While blogging is new for me, writing is not. In 2011, I took my first mission trip.  I traveled with a group to Aflao, Ghana to teach pastors’ wives at a conference and do some medical missions. I have thoughts from that summer that I carry with me still. I wrote the following right before our church began a missions initiative. It tackles the question, “do I go or give?” [Read more...]

Walking Eating Talking Shining

  I am no authority on evangelism. Like prayer, I feel inept trying to write about it. I pooled some quotes and resources to help us all answer Jesus’ call to go make disciples. I totally relate with David Platt when he says, “My mind tends to wander toward grandiose dreams and intricate strategies¹”. I remember knocking on doors every Thursday night with a team of [Read more...]

Go Make Disciples

Go Make Disciples is part of an ongoing series, Mrs Disciple 101. Jesus’ last moments with His disciples established the path for the rest of their lives. Following Jesus was, in itself, life changing. These men left jobs, families, and broke tradition to learn from this carpenter-Rabbi.  Their thinking changed from “you are a prophet” to “You are the Christ” (Mark [Read more...]

The GRACE Behind the MATH

The GRACE Behind the MATH is part of an ongoing series, Mrs Disciple 101. The walk of the disciple includes regular stops at the alter of God. There, we lay our sacrifices of our money, attention, time, and honor, or M.A.T.H. (read about that here). Giving to God is not an issue decided in our checkbooks; it is decided in our heart. Why We Give It is not enough to give. The wealthy brought [Read more...]

Prayers in Ghana

Yesterday I posted a journal entry from my first mission trip to Aflao, Ghana.  As I prepare for a Mrs Disciple 101 post on prayer, these journal pages seem fitting to share with you.   I am going back and inviting you along for the journey! August 3, 2011 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us [Read more...]

Flashback to Ghana

While blogging is new for me, writing is not.  In 2011, I took my first mission trip.  I traveled with a group to Aflao, Ghana.  I looked through some notes today to prepare for a Mrs Disciple 101 post and found some great memories of God’s greatness and faithfulness.  I am going back and inviting you along for the journey! August 2, 2011 I returned from Ghana yesterday after 8 days [Read more...]