Finding a Way to Get Stuck

This blog was originally posted on January 8, 2015. Every year I seem to make the same new years resolution. It always has something to do with drawing closer to God. Basically doing better at John 15:4, “remaining” in him. This year is no different. John 15:4: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” What does it mean to remain in God? […]

By | 2017-07-27T13:50:11+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: Depending on God, Core Principles, Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |

A Framework for Transformation

My first experiences in community development taught me one lesson – it’s not as easy as I would like. It always felt like a dance. Sometimes we did see good results but often it felt like one step forward and two backwards. Some of our experiences were great and sometimes we found out that while things can improve in one area, it doesn’t necessarily mean a life transformed. For example, more money doesn’t always mean better educated children, it may mean parents buying more alcohol. In only three years of community development work I was already starting to ask if I had missed something, was there another way of addressing the needs that we saw around us. Around that time I attended a conference. One [...]

Why Depending on God is Hard for Me

In the United States it seems everything is at our fingertips. I remember when our family returned about 3 years ago from living in Bolivia. One of the first things we remember (even as we walked through the airport) was the amount of people with smartphones. Blackberries were the in-thing when we left and now everyone had a smart phone. We didn’t even know exactly what it did outside of connecting to the Internet. As an early 30’s adult it was weird walking into the Verizon store a month later and admitting to the attendant that we had no idea how they worked and if we even wanted one. Now, Americans are essentially addicted to smartphones. According to a recent pew research study nearly half [...]

By | 2017-07-27T13:50:39+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Depending on God, 2:10|Tags: |

Out of Debt

Each training within the TCT program focuses on one main theme. In year three, one of the topics is money management. One of the key topics throughout this training is encouraging people to get out of debt. Almost everyone from the villages at this training has large amounts of debt and the interest they pay on this debt plays a significant role in keeping them in poverty. At the end of the money management training we challenge the students to make a commitment to try to get out of debt. In one region a number of churches had completed this training and the students had committed to do all they could to get out of debt. They made plans with the goal of being debt [...]

By | 2017-09-25T16:41:13+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Categories: Depending on God, Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

Can Fundraising Be a Blessing?

In 2008 my husband and I faced the daunting task of raising funds to support our family as we were preparing to live overseas as missionaries. It was a crazy and amazing time in our lives and I want to share some of the struggles and blessings (yes blessings!) we experienced through fundraising. I think I can safely speak on behalf of most missionaries when I say that fundraising in not on the top of the list of favorite things to do. It is probably the biggest hurdle standing between the missionary and getting to the field. I have even had people tell me that they would become missionaries themselves if they didn’t have to raise support. […]

By | 2015-01-22T05:30:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: |

The Power of Prayer and Fasting

“So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23 In one TCT community, the church decided that they wanted to build stable homes for everyone in the community. They did a survey of the area and decided there were 35 houses that were about to fall down and needed to be rebuilt or repaired. Over time, the church members worked together to collect resources and provide manpower and they were able to finish 17 of the 35 homes. However, after completing the 17th house they realized they had no resources left to rebuild the remaining 18 houses. So, rather than becoming discouraged and giving up on the task they had set out to complete, the church members decided [...]

By | 2015-01-15T05:30:34+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: , , |

Living Like a Tree not a Shrub

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8 […]

By | 2015-01-12T14:26:19+00:00 January 12th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: |

Finding a Way to Get Stuck

Every year I seem to make the same new years resolution. It always has something to do with drawing closer to God. Basically doing better at John 15:4, “remaining” in him. This year is no different. John 15:4: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” What does it mean to remain in God? […]

By | 2015-01-08T05:30:19+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: |

Depending On God

For the last twenty years, one of my constant prayers has been, “Father, make me aware of my desperate dependence on you.” It’s a crazy prayer in some ways. I think that prayer is partly responsible for the fact that my life often feels a little out of control—which, for a girl that likes control, is uncomfortable. My work has constantly been marked by stunning growth—again uncomfortable for a girl who likes to be in control. “Small and manageable” is my motto—one that doesn’t work well when you are praying, “God, make me aware of my desperate dependence on you.” […]

By | 2017-09-18T19:17:36+00:00 January 5th, 2015|Categories: Depending on God, Core Principles, From the Directors|Tags: |
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