Make Love Known

I saw some­thing beau­ti­ful hap­pen today. Our fam­i­ly was hav­ing a drink in a cafe when a gyp­sy child came in with an out­stretched hand ask­ing for mon­ey. We gave her some rubles and then talked with the boys about what had hap­pened. As we left the cafe about thir­ty min­utes lat­er, we met the child again…

International Conference 2016

Over 80% of our mis­sion­ar­ies attend­ed the WIM International Conference this year in San Antonio, TX. Missionaries from dif­fer­ent parts of the world such as Japan, Mexico, Africa, Ireland, and India, came togeth­er for 5 days to learn, wor­ship, and be refreshed. It was like a huge fam­i­ly reunion echo­ing…

Be Ready In and Out of Season

I climbed aboard the city bus head­ing down­town to St Paul for my den­tal appoint­ment. Soon after I took my seat, I had the feel­ing that Jesus want­ed me to share my faith. I had recent­ly learned how to share my per­son­al tes­ti­mony in two or three min­utes, and then share the gospel mes­sage just as briefly, I had even done it a few times, so I had an idea what I could say, but with whom? No one was right next to me so I looked around…

Fruitful Team Visit

Group of people standing in front of Japanese landmark

In late June, a team from our home church vis­it­ed to put on a VBS along with a num­ber of oth­er out­reach­es. It was the first short-term team vis­it that we planned from start to fin­ish, so it was a tri­al run for us. We attempt­ed to put into prac­tice all we’ve learned to make it a fruit­ful trip. We put on…

78% of Muslims will never meet a Christian — but these did

children surrounding van

In March, I flew to Kurdistan to work with four beau­ti­ful wom­en who live there long-term. These wom­en are heroes, and they deeply impact­ed my life. We just “hap­pened” to be vis­it­ing the same place Canon Andrew White was vis­it­ing. We had the hon­or of spend­ing quite some time with him, lis­ten­ing to sto­ries and learn­ing much. We even had our very own Easter ser­vice with him! Andrew is a patri­arch of the region and devotes his life to see­ing relief and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion there.

Floodwaters stopped for WIM missionary in Indonesia

Indonesian children watching monsoon

Recently one Sunday night, I received an urgent Skype call from “Ruth,” our fel­low mis­sion­ary in Indonesia. Her house was in dan­ger of flood­ing yet again as a mon­soon storm was rag­ing out­side. She had no one to help her and she was in charge of a num­ber of young chil­dren. Immediately, a verse that had been on my mind through­out the day came out in the form of this prayer…

Carnaval Prayer Strikes in Bolivia

Crown of Bolivian intercessors

All across the con­ti­nent, peo­ple were begin­ning to cel­e­brate Carnaval, bet­ter known in the States as Mardi Gras. It’s a Catholic fes­ti­val with pagan roots, and in Sucre, is a time for drunk­en­ness, vio­lence, sex­u­al immoral­i­ty and idol­a­try. Oftentimes, drunk par­ents will parade around town with their bewil­dered chil­dren in tow. Sucre’s Christian com­mu­ni­ty usu­al­ly takes advan­tage of the extra-long week­end to go out of town on a spe­cial retreat. But this year, God led us in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion…

Long-Term Fruit in the Dominican Republic

man speaking to congregation

In 1989, I began part­ner­ing with WIM Missionaries Jerry and Miok Morris in the Dominican Republic. They were church planters there for eight years. To assist in their work, they led teams of youth and adults on short-term mis­sion trips to do street cam­paigns com­plete with music, dra­mas, pup­pets and preach­ing. Over the course of 26 years, Jerry and I have…

Passing the Torch: Kids in Missions

Man telling Bible stories to crowd of captivated children

Am I going to have to wait until I’m an old man to teach peo­ple about the Lord?” our nine year old son blurt­ed out in frus­tra­tion. Earlier, Caleb had over­heard my wife and I dis­cussing who would run her week­ly bible class in the vil­lage dur­ing her absence… and he felt like it should be him. After all, I had just prayed with him the night before about God using him to min­is­ter to oth­ers. This was his oppor­tu­ni­ty…

God Has Heard Your Prayer!

piano keys

Zechariah was a Jewish priest. He and his wife Elizabeth want­ed to have chil­dren, but Elizabeth was bar­ren. They had prayed for many years, but their prayers were not answered. Now that they were well past child­bear­ing years, it is very like­ly that they had stopped pray­ing and had accept­ed the fact that they would die child­less…