Acts 2 Intro: Cure for the Lonely Ache

Loneliness is reaching epidemic proportions. Best defined, loneliness is the emotional state created when people have fewer social contacts and meaningful relationships than they would like — connections that make them feel known and understood. Studies show that one in two Americans consider themselves lonely. I have become well-acquainted with loneliness, especially in the present …

Conquering the Intercession Fatigue that Cultural Stress Creates

Have you ever experienced "intercession fatigue" due to frustration, negativity, and even anger towards those whom God has clearly called you to love and serve? I have. This can often be of particular challenge to cross-cultural missionaries due to culture stress. Most long-term missionaries work through the grueling process of culture shock as they make a new country their home, …

The Week Our Neighbor Died, Here in Our Small Village

Last weekend our neighbor died. I'm still thinking about it because the circumstances around his death and the response to his death are nothing I've ever experienced.  And, it was our children's first encounter with death, up-close. Beto was 23.  He was born and lived his entire life in this little village called Cacalotepec (population: 700) …