Are Short-Term Mission Trips on the Out?

Are short-term mission trips on the out? I don’t know, but I’ve heard some buzz lately implying they’re at least on trial. One group defends short-term mission trips as a vehicle for fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). It provides opportunity for the average person to connect with a bigger world-view, to experience the reality […]

An Atheistic Take on Africa’s Greatest Need

On December 27, 2009, via a post at, a professed Atheist made a shocking profession: “I truly believe Africa needs God.” His claim caught my attention, to say the least. And his comments haven’t released me since. Check out the entire article here. I found the read both intriguing and refreshing. I admire anyone […]

Too Close To Home

Check out this Associated Press article, posted online at and which originally appeared in Denver’s Rocky Mountain News on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Chronicling the lives of children roped into child labor to mine for gold (some not more than four years old), this article exposes an injustice for which we all need to […]

Hairy Cheese

After eating oatmeal and “mealie pap” (a delicious corn-based cereal similar to Cream-o-Wheat) for several days in Africa, my stomach nearly shouted with delight when (could it be TRUE???) bagels and cream cheese were served one morning. We ate like spoiled royalty every day, and these bread treasures were just one more unexpected gift. After […]

Unexpected Audience

(This is a devo I posted in the Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild weekly newsletter today. Though written for writers, it clearly applies to each of us who are striving to authentically live out our callings with focus and tenacity, even when it seems we’re spinning wheels.) Always be prepared to give an […]