Pray: Addiction

Just one more ooey-gooey sugar-glazed donut! One last episode of Downton Abbey tonight (errr…this morning). One more time checking Facebook, just to make sure I don’t miss anything important. We know overdoing these things is not healthy, but it seems so hard to stop! For those of us thinking the word “addiction” has nothing to do with us, let’s try staying away from sugar or caffeine or TV or social media for a month. Of course, downing six cups of coffee a day or binge-watching Breaking Bad has a different affect on our bodies, minds, and environment than consuming drugs or alcohol, but we all have idols we find hard to say “no” to. Some of us fight the siren song of sugar or Instagram [...]

By | 2017-09-05T20:07:01+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Pray, Rahham|Tags: |

Pray: Fatalism

I’ve just spent a month in Africa teaching the TCT program. One of the big things we look at during trainings are the beliefs that keep people locked in poverty. There are many. The South Sudanese team shared some really powerful lies that keep them in poverty, such as, “We are a baby country, so everyone should just give to us” and “We are the land of Cush that was cursed in Isaiah 18; we are cursed.” While these lies and their impact are incredibly sad, it was fun to watch the team search scripture to find the truth to counter each of those lies and recognise it isn’t what God says about them at all. […]

By | 2017-09-08T10:12:51+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: Pray, Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

Housebuilding: TCT Asia

God is at work through the church. This video tells the story of an Act of Love from a community we work with in Asia. It's an inspiring example of how their church is being obedient to God and loving their neighbors with joy. TCT Act of Love - House building from Reconciled World on Vimeo.

God in the Slums

The church is able, anywhere and everywhere—even in the most seemingly-impossible places and circumstances!! As I listen to Rahham’s director recall stories of life in the slums, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by all the hardship and suffering he shares. Stories of the devastation of alcoholism; widows of men taken by AIDS who are left behind with little children; unwanted baby girls; a man who was hit by a train the same night his wife gave birth to two stillborn babies; kids who barely have anything to eat; beggars who spend their lives on the streets. I take time to look into the eyes of each person in the pictures and try to feel the weight they are carrying, try to imagine what life [...]

By | 2017-09-18T19:21:49+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Rahham, Focusing on the Vulnerable|

The Church is Capable

For years the church members of Tu Pi village had waited for someone to come help them. They were extremely poor—at least three months a year they had to scavenge for food. The village was a three-hour walk from the nearest road, meaning that they had little contact with anyone outside their community. The village had no school, no medical facilities, no market, no electricity, no toilets or wells. Gathering water required a two-kilometer walk. With little discipleship, the church members lived much the same way as the rest of the community— growing tobacco and rice to make rice wine. It made life bearable at least. Then they heard a rumor that there was a program for churches that was causing communities to move out [...]

By | 2017-09-13T09:52:05+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

Creator & Creation – The Consequences of Being Made in the Image of God

This blog was originally posted in November 2014. We love it so much that we wanted to share it again!What happens when you arrive at the movie theatre on time?  You get the full picture. Our ‘picture’ starts with Creation and the fact that Adam and Eve were given a task: to be fruitful, fill the earth, and make something of it.  This Cultural Mandate is our job description, part of what it means to be human, part of God’s design for us which remains unchanged to this day. Somebody put it this way: “On the last day God created Adam, to pick up where He left off.” […]

By | 2017-04-25T05:30:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: The Create Commission|Tags: |

How Raising a Child with a Disability can Affect Family Members

“Your child has a disability”—words that probably no parent would ever like to hear. Being faced with this reality can fill parents with a sense of panic and deep grief at first and can bring with it the fear of the unknown, the difficulties, the struggles and the pain that people generally associate with the word disability. Even though unofficial statistics in India tell us that 10% of the population has a disability of some kind or another, there is still little guidance here on what to do when one receives such a diagnosis. The devastation and emotional struggle seem even more intense when families do not know where to turn to for encouragement and practical help. As they grapple with this new reality, they [...]

By | 2017-08-24T19:27:51+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: In His Image|Tags: |

Prayers for the Differently-Abled

As a child, I used to spend many weekends and big chunks of my summer vacations at my grandparents’ house in a tiny village in Central Europe. One of their neighbors had a child like I’d never seen before. He couldn’t walk, he always sat in a stroller even though he was around my age, and his limbs looked kind of twisted. We rarely ever saw this family leave their house and there was always an air of secrecy surrounding them. My cousin and I used to peek through the fence to get a glimpse of the little boy soaking up some sun in the yard, mumbling to himself. The father was an alcoholic, and somehow everyone seemed to know the reason. Once they had [...]

By | 2017-03-28T05:30:12+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: In His Image|Tags: , |

He Picked me up and Turned me Around: A Story of a Changed Dream

A small woman in her 50s, Atosi seems like she’s always been a firecracker. She has passionate opinions, a strong sense of determination, and warm, bright, expressive eyes. As I listen to her story, I imagine her as a little baby in a distant town of India, the youngest among four siblings, a daughter not planned. Her mother, one of the only working women in town, went back to her teaching job when Atosi was only 3 months old—a rare phenomenon. A helper, who was taking care of her during the day, kept stealing the milk set aside for little Atosi. The ache of unsatisfied appetite made her develop a habit of thumb sucking for years to come; a habit that brought her much shame [...]

By | 2017-03-21T05:30:16+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Ending Gendercide|

We Rise Together: Women Supporting Women

Of all the different issues we could talk about as we focus on women this month, the one that keeps coming to my mind is the way we women think of ourselves and view other women. The abuse, oppression, objectification and devaluation of women is a priority topic here in India, and most of the time we think about how society in general or specifically men relate to women this way, which, of course, is extremely important. But as I was listening to stories upon stories from the Ending Gendercide team members, the idea that women work against each other kept jumping out at me. Why is that? Why do we keep undermining each other? Why do we want others to suffer what we have [...]

By | 2017-03-07T05:30:21+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: , |
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