Chaos into Order

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Stacked Boxes

It had been one week since we had landed. We were thankful for the warm welcome from those on the ground and we were enjoying the sights and sounds of our new home. Our first week was spent running errands to acquire the basics for our home, finding an apartment … Read More

It’s Messy

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A sun sets behind a roller coaster, making the roller coaster a silhoutte

As an IW on home assignment, this year is all about having an opportunity to share stories in local churches, during Sunday gatherings, small groups, and over coffee. Whether or not it is actually the case, I feel this gnawing pressure to offer Instagram-perfect soundbites. Let’s be honest, conversion stories … Read More

Spotting Jesus in the Old Testament

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A digital illustration of a burning bush.

Tabernacle, Passover, sacrifice, atonement, scapegoat…even in English these words are daunting, but the Lord had set before me the job of explaining them to my students—in Thai. To add to it, somehow, I needed to make these Old Testament stories and laws relevant to the lives of a group of … Read More

Extend Your Reach

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An illustration of a little boy using a reach extender to reach into a cookie jar

Everyone had gone to bed but I was still up watching a movie. Suddenly, my 18-year-old brother came in the door, looking a little haggard. He lay down on the couch and fell asleep. Then without warning, he leaned over and threw up on the living room rug. Once again, … Read More

Wise Iranians Still Seek Him

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A birds-eye-view of hands holding a latte

We sat in a falafel restaurant with a group of people after a discipleship training evening. A group of Iranian men sat at the table beside us, and a boy under the age of ten was with them. This boy had a mask, as it was Halloween evening, and he … Read More

Setting the Oppressed Free

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A man stands in front of a crowd at a mic.

Jesus says, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). These truths have become reality for many Guineans this past year. Jesus is doing some amazing things in the hearts of pastors, denominational leaders, … Read More

Sunrise Service

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The sun rises over a city.

It was dark when we walked up the cobblestone paths and climbed the flights of stairs to arrive at a place that overlooked the German city—the destination where we hosted our sunrise service on Easter morning. It was a beautiful experience to sing, share communion, and read the Bible with … Read More

The Face of Jesus

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A mosaic face of Jesus

I met her in an airport lineup. Farah was a grieving young widow, a university art instructor, whose husband had passed away unexpectedly 5 months earlier when they were travelling to her North African country of origin for a visit. She was returning to his country in the Mideast, to … Read More

Thank You Alliance Family

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A man is smiling at the camera, the words "You've made a difference" are over the picture.

Thank you for your faithful giving to the Alliance. It is thanks to your faithful giving that we are able to send and support international workers to provide people with access to Jesus. Recent world events have been heartbreaking for the refugee families that are flooding into different areas from … Read More

Reconciliation is Not Always Pretty

Brenda Smit-JamesStoriesLeave a Comment

An old man sits hunched over on a coach.

My father was a man of few words, yet many sayings. When it came to reaching out to others, he often said, “Charity begins at home.” He was not a man on a mission to change himself—let alone the rest of the world—and he certainly was not a man who … Read More