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Blog2020-03-30T10:58:25-07:00

Highway In The Desert

By |November 19th, 2020|Categories: LEARN, PRAY|

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.” I grew up on the desert plains of a West African country among a nomadic people group called the Fulani. I know what it means to see dry ground in the desert. Every year the earth [...]

Ask

By |July 8th, 2020|Categories: PRAY|

After Jesus appointed 72 disciples, he sent them two by two to every town where he would soon visit. Before he sent them out, he told them, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into the harvest field." [...]

Lord, Let Them Ask

By |June 25th, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

"Lord, let them ask." That was my prayer for a Syrian family that my ministry partner and I were about to visit. Every time we visit, we sit together, have tea and learn from each other. I've been visiting this family every week for the past several months, and my time [...]

Picnic in the Park

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

After a long couple months of limited interactions, the leadership at the North Site in Phoenix decided they wanted to try getting people together. Our students had been particularly conservative concerning the quarantine, and many of them hadn't left their homes in months. A picnic seemed like the perfect virus-proof solution [...]

Story Learners

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

At the beginning of March, GoTEN hosted a storytelling training for Encouragers (volunteers) to learn how they can share Bible stories with their refugee friends. We talked about the process of storytelling and how it includes a refugee friend’s story, our own story, and God’s story.  As we get to know [...]

God Will Provide

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

During this season of uncertainty, many of our friends find comfort in a story. Recently, I have been sharing stories of Truth with refugee women about God's provision, protection, and peace. The conversation comes up naturally because the refugee community is deeply concerned and struggling to understand and provide. Many have [...]

It’s All About Perspective

By |March 21st, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

How did the apostle Paul always concern himself with how his circumstances would aid the spread of the gospel? When he was unjustly imprisoned, his perspective was how God could use his situation to bring salvation to others (Acts 16:9-34, Phil 1:13). He saw the angry mob prepared to stone him [...]

Open House

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

“Can I come visit your house?”  My heart took a leap when I glanced down and saw my friend’s message on the phone screen. She wanted to come to my house?  The text went on to say that she had missed us seeing each other over the Thanksgiving holiday and she [...]

Barriers to Prayer

By |March 8th, 2020|Categories: PRAY|

I recently found myself entering an Islamic mosque shortly before the afternoon prayer was set to begin. I was paying a visit to the Imam (A Muslim religious leader) as he is, in many respects, the gate keeper to the community and I was hoping to get his participation in an [...]

Kingdom Prayer

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: PRAY|

I recently had the opportunity to hear an individual who is both a pastor and seminary professor give a lecture on prayer. What made this experience stand out was that the professor shared a bit about the trauma that he experienced in his childhood, continuing into early adulthood, and how it [...]

Storytelling Workshop

By |February 9th, 2020|Categories: LEARN|

We live in stories. Stories are the language of our world. Think about your favorite movies - they draw you in... you begin to feel what the characters feel... their pain becomes your pain... their victory becomes your victory. We enter stories and make them part of our own experience. [...]

A Pleasing Aroma

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: STORIES|

  For the first two months after moving into Nineteen Apartments and doing home visits, I wondered about a smell I noticed each time I would visit a friend's home. It was a pungent, musty odor that was sometimes strong and distinct, sometimes subtle. I couldn't figure out what it was, [...]

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