Letters To My Friends

See You Again

Often we cut ourselves off from the richness of our language by our lack of this understanding; we limit our depth of expression. On the other hand, my host culture in Sierra Leone, the Mende tribe, has taught me that sometimes simplicity in expression can be just as rich.

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The Accepted Time

Walking home with my hard-won treasure, I found myself wondering if Stephen would likewise find precious hidden treasure today, fruit in its season and ripe unto harvest.

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What does the Bible say about . . . ?

One poor woman became quite concerned about the fact that although she does not drink herself she does sell alcoholic beverages. But with her budding understanding she asked if that was wrong. I did not even need to answer . . .

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Absolute Surrender

After 18 months of separation, as I pack and prepare for my upcoming return to Sierra Leone, I know I can face the future with confidence. The lasting lessons and nearness brought about by this long trial, I would not change for anything different.

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How Beautiful The Feet

The pastor’s wife then made her way to the platform to sing a closing song. I’m quite astounded as she begins to sing and the opening words take my breath away. Truly, how beautiful is the body of Christ.

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Of Coming to Terms

Living between the jungle and the desert has taught me that sometimes it really is alright to compromise my self-imposed standards for house keeping. But I still set the terms and boundaries for the peaceful coexistence with the local environment.

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Sorrow Not As Others Which Have No Hope

I cannot count how many times I have listened to the mournful wailing cries of grief emanating from the burial grounds just through the bush to the west of our house. Today, for the first time, loud songs of praise were raised from the hearts and voices as members of our little church gathered in that lonely, sorrow-filled place…

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Too Much Love?

In the sharpness of the moment, the Lord tenderly brought me through the lesson again. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” What does it mean to So Love? God’s love was so great that it motivated him to action.

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