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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Leaving for Africa


Last August Velda left this bracelet and note in my office before she and Paul moved to Zambia to follow Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all the nations and now, almost a year later, we’re about to be reunited on African soil.

Today is the day.

After more than four years of praying and dreaming and wishing and hoping, today begins the journey for Africa.

When God seared the nations on my heart, showing me that the Great Commission was a personal command for me in 2010, the first place He cemented on my heart was Africa. 

And now I’m going with Real Truth Matters.

I can hardly wrap my mind around this.

We’re going to see and encourage our church’s missionaries Paul and Velda Rikel in Mongu, Zambia and do ministry there as God would lead. There are lots of things scheduled including a youth conference (where I’ll be teaching four sessions), a pastors’ conference, a big conference for local churches, lots of individual meetings, Bro. Michael will be preaching in local churches, and I’ll be interviewing some people for RTM Magazine (including a real life princess).

It’s going to be a full two weeks for sure. May God be pleased to do what only He can.

We’ll be blogging on the RTM blog if you want to stay up to date (probably more up to date than I’ll be on here) with happenings in Africa.

Please join us in prayer for the redemption and edification of the beautiful people of Zambia and that God’s infinite and matchless glory will be over all the earth. 

May His kingdom come.

3 comments on “Leaving for Africa

  1. keijo says:

    SO much we willg ive to God for our life to be his a vessel into be blessing and helping the sinners to find Christ and find too living the water wells with the word of life in Jesus name and be man and woman of God to spread the gospel to the poor and heal them ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

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