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Maghreb Day Trip to Mountain Villages

We are enjoying the freedom from COVID lockdown and getting out of the city as much as possible. Here are a few pics from our recent day trip into some mountain villages. This was our first all day scooter excursion which was wonderful despite experiencing “saddle sore” for the first…

Into New Territory

Another WhatsApp message came to my phone. It was a list of books: The Great Controversy, the Bible, our book on the Trinity and a set of Bible lessons. There was an address—Sinope. Sinope, on the Black Sea coast. This is the region of Pontus that Peter mentions in his…

A People for His Name

The Yasna people live in a country with a population of over 50 million. The country is strictly Islamic and is considered to be one of the top-ten most Christian-persecuting countries in the world. Public churches are illegal, as are home churches. Christian evangelism is a capital offence, and to…

Fear or Faith?

Tears running down my face, I looked at my wife, hoping that she had an answer to my doubts. But her face reflected back the same misgivings. We both felt God asking us, Will you trust Me with your children, as you trust Me with your lives? “Take anything else…

A Child Shall Lead Them

Our new adoptive country of Georgia absolutely loves children. Do you want people to open their doors to you? Bring your kids. Do you want the market sellers to be honest about the authenticity of their honey? Tell them you are feeding it to your child. Do you need a…

Uncle Serkan

Being isolated at home with four children is never lonely. But that didn’t keep 21-month-old Cyprus from climbing the fence to visit the neighbor today. I found him sitting on a patio chair next to Uncle Serkan munching pretzel sticks and drinking homemade fruit juice. If it had been the…

Introducing Ali Brooks

I was 19 years old, sitting out in the dry rice stubble along the Saharan desert of Central Africa, taking some time alone away from prying eyes. Aware of people coming and going on the main dirt road entering our village in the distance, I wasn’t paying much attention until…

Redeeming the Time

“God, what can we do for You during this COVID-19 pandemic?” Talal prayed. “How can we use this time for Your glory?” Then it came to him. He bought bars of soap and bottles of bleach and set up an inconspicuous distribution site. Families gratefully received these gifts, and Talal…

Please, I’m Hungry

“Ten cents, just ten cents. Please, I’m hungry. Just ten cents.” {image-1} The haggard, filthy woman hobbled along the street, peering into car windows, trying to make eye contact, begging pitifully. She was bent almost in half from some sort of back deformity. Most people stared straight ahead. Some shooed…

Komba’s Struggle

Komba is a tailor, a Sierra Leonean like me who fled the country for the same reason—civil war. I met him through a member of our group. We talked about our homeland and Mali, the country where we now live. With our shared past, we got along very well, and…

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