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Mysterious Ways

The searing sun beat down on Emmanuel as he climbed the final slope to the village. It seemed like an eternity since he had begun hiking in the muggy darkness of predawn. His clothes, soaked through with dew in the morning, were now soaked with sweat as the afternoon wore…

Two Left Shoes

One of my favorite missionaries is Gladys Aylward, the five-foot-tall single woman from London who courageously followed God’s call to China. Though she worked as a housemaid, Gladys saved her own funds to travel to her post. That much I knew, but I recently learned a bit more of the…

The Prayed-For Visa

“Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7). Laurie and I have been working in Papua New Guinea for 13 years now, and during that time we have needed to renew our work permit and visas…

Showing Our Love

“Justus, what did you draw?” “That’s Pi Ming’s dad, that’s me, and that’s heaven.” “And Jon Marc, what did you draw?” “This is Pi Ming’s daddy and a house I drew for him. I also drew some flowers and a heart because I love him.” On March 31, Teacher Ming’s…

Taking the Torch

Because Muslims pray more during Ramadan, in April, at the beginning of the month of fasting, we started a social media prayer group with our Central Asian friends. In the group we share personal and general prayer requests. This group has turned out to be a huge encouragement for friends…

Meet Alison Tumberg

We have had to stay at our home in Thailand because of the coronavirus. I miss seeing all my friends at church and shopping with my mommy. But one thing I have really enjoyed is going to the train station and passing out food to all the people there who…

A New Friend and a Worn-Out Shoe

We have been in Thailand for six months, and we have been quarantining for two months. This one particular day, I was bored. “Mom, can we please just this once go on a bike ride?” I asked. “Okay,” Mom said. “Adela, let’s go outside!” I called to my little sister.…

Kids Helping

A few months ago, a friend invited us to visit a beach with tide pools. The night before had been a full moon, so we expected the tide to be at its lowest. The day was hot, and a gentle breeze was blowing, an excellent day to visit the beautiful…

Testifying Between Noises

“And he said to them: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Ruurr ggruu! Noise, noises, and more noises. When I get to work, I put on my uniform, hairnets and masks, wash my boots, wash my hands and put on gloves. We…

Life in Rangau

*When we first cam*e to live in the village of Rangau, it smelled like a garbage can to me. I didn’t think it would ever feel like home. But after living here for a year, I can say that I like it. My favorite time of year is mango season,…

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