Safer Than A Roller Coaster!

God takes care of those who "risk" obeying Him

I hate roller coasters. I can’t handle the feeling of losing control of where I am going.  It is difficult to rush forward without knowing what’s going to happen next.  However, they say that roller coasters are actually safer than children’s wagons or even folding lawn chairs. And I must admit: on the few times my girls ever talked me into riding a roller coaster with them, there came a point before the ride was over that I actually relaxed and gave up worrying about what was coming next.

Last month, because the brakes of my 1998 Toyota Corolla were squeaking, I left it at Quality Tire in Brewer, Maine to get them fixed.  Around noon, they called me back.  “Your car needs new struts and brakes, and it’s going to cost you $1,600.”

Inwardly, I gulped.  “That’s a lot!,” I thought.  Then I asked my mechanic it would be okay to think it over.  I thought about it, then called Sharon.  We both agreed that we needed to get a new vehicle so that I could preach in the churches each month.  But on our missionary salary, what could we get?

Continue Reading »

From life at home to life overseas: your adventure awaits

Male hands crossed for prayer in dark place

This post was written while we were in Chad.

You are a Christian with a vibrant relationship with Christ. You spend regular time studying His Word and with His people in an awesome church.  At the same time, you feel like God is calling you to live “somewhere else”. You’d love to serve Christ overseas… but the idea raising support scares you to death.

However, the traditional way to get overseas isn’t the only way to fulfill the Great Commission. Thanks to the internet, there are many new ways to find or create a job and earn your living. You can go anywhere Christ leads you, using the skills you have acquired, or gaining new ones while overseas.

Continue Reading »

I kept asking for rain (a story of answered prayer)

From my diary: May 10, 2012

Ask rain from Jehovah in the time of the latter rain. 

Jehovah shall make lightnings. 

And He gives them showers of rain,

grass to each man in the field.

– Zechariah 10:1 (LITV)


Prayer works!

God answers prayer!When God doesn’t answer our prayer immediately, how quickly we give up!  If we know that what we ask for is within His will, He expects us to keep asking until we get an answer.

And we shouldn’t just settle for a partial answer to prayer.  We must keep on asking until the answer has fully come your way.

One Sunday in May of 2012, I asked my friends to pray for rain, and started praying for it myself. The daily heat of the hot season had been with us for a while, and we needed some relief. There had been rainfall to the north of us in Guéréda (and in Iriba the day I had traveled there), and to the south of us in Moundou… So my faith that God could also send us rain was strong.

In Zechariah 10:1, the Lord encourages us to ask Him for rain in the Spring… and I took that literally.

Continue Reading »

Desperate for an answer to prayer (Matthew 15:22-28)

Lessons from medieval times to encourage us to pray more fervently

And, look! A woman from the seacoasts of Canaan cried out to him, saying, “Lord, son of David, have mercy on me. My daughter is terribly troubled by a demon.”

He did not answer her with even one word.

His disciples came and pleaded with him, saying, “Leave her behind because she keeps calling out to us!”

He answered and said, “I am only sent to the perishing sheep of Israel’s house.”

Desperate for an answer to prayer: Canaanite Woman, Très Riches Heures<br /> Duc de Berry circa 1410

So she came and bowed before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

He answered and said, “It is not good to take bread from the children and throw it to the hound dogs.”

So she said, “You are right, Master. However, puppies will eat some of the crumbs which fall to the ground from their master’s board.”

Then Jesus answered to her, “Ah! Woman, great is your faith! May it be done for you as you wish.” And from that hour her daughter was healed.

– Matthew 15:22-28 (MWNT)


Continue Reading »

What was lost has now been found

Despite the 36 hour trip to Iriba and back, I woke up at the normal time I do each morning; I guess the challenge of getting out of this house before the rainy season hits weighs heavily upon me. I felt overwhelmed until I made of list of what needs to happen before I can leave. There is lots of shopping for necessities both large and small; we need a stove, and a way to make our solar electric system pump 220 volt AC into the house. The place is SO dusty; it needs some sweeping and mopping, so we need to buy cleaning tools as well.

Continue Reading »