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Bienvenu, the Boy Sorcerer

“I have killed several people through sorcery,” Bienvenu said. “One of them was a lady in our village.” This matter-of-fact statement came from a small, thin boy only 12 years old. Bienvenu (meaning welcome) is the first son of one of our church members, born to her long before she…

Follow His Gaze

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8). In reflecting on this wonderful, precious promise, I wondered about the mechanism God uses to fulfill it. My first thought was that God does not shine a light…

The Love of a Child

Our neighbor, Khun Yay, walked up to our front door with a bag of fresh produce in her hand just as we were sitting down to begin our evening worship. I quickly opened the door and invited her to come inside. After taking off her shoes, she handed me the…

Animated Explainers

We have begun working on animated video Bible studies that can be easily shared with Central Asians on social media. We use digital characters that act similar to puppets and speak whatever voice recording that we insert into the project. We can also control their body movements and facial expressions.…

Come to our House - part 2

“Sweetie, we have missionary friends from AFM visiting us,” Daniel said as he changed his shoes to enter the house. Christina looked surprised as she did not expect any visitors, especially missionaries from such a far-off region. She welcomed us with an amiable spirit that brought tranquility. After noticing her…

Secret Believer

Any apartments for rent near you?” Kasim asked Aaron. “We are moving to your city!” Kasim lives in a nearby town with his family. We rarely had the chance to meet together since he had been contracted to work long hours, and any free time was prized for his family.…

Baby Dolls

My girls love dolls. They always have. Today, however, they have real babies as playmates. Last year during the COVID-19 outbreak, we started regularly visiting a children’s home which recently was given three babies and four toddlers, all within a month. They are so cute, and we immediately fell in…

Jehovah Jireh: “The Lord Will Provide”

“I walked out of the airport with less than a dollar in my bag. It was that kind of a trip. My journey began a week earlier with a hike out of the Palawan mountains to secure medical and district clearance for my flight. I forwarded these documents to our…

Synergy

Synergy is a sophisticated-sounding word in commerce terminology used to describe cooperative relationships. In other words, it is a fancy way of saying that by working together, the parties involved will gain more than the sum total of their separate work. One day during our weekly video call, as Ellie…

How to Complete a Post Office Run in 43 Simple Steps

You probably have your own routine, but here’s how we do it: Allow yourself 10 seconds of genuine joy when finding out that there’s a surprise package for you on the way, coming from your home country. After finding out it was sent two months ago . . .panic! Ask…

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