March 22, 2017

Snapshots from Our Adventures in Wyoming

If one picture is truly worth a thousand words, then twenty-two pictures ought to be worth a lot more that that... right? But since everybody likes photos, and it's a lot easier to show you the area than to explain it in words, here's a 2200-word glimpse (in photos) of what I've been up to since arriving in Wyoming. It's hard to believe we've already been here for two months... One of the biggest answers to prayer has been finding a comfortable (and affordable!) place to live. We actually stayed in a local motel for over 3 weeks while we searched for something, and God provided a place that fit the exact specifics we'd been praying for: something with enough insulation to be warm in [...Read More]


We’re Going On A (Western) Adventure!

Remember when I shared a personal appeal to pray for missionaries? And then I wrote about the events from my high school and college years that led up to the beginning of our missionary journey? Well it's finally officially happening! To paraphrase a famous hobbit: "We're going on an adventure!" Ours just happens to head west to the Rocky Mountains, instead of east to the Lonely Mountain. At the end of this month, we're headed to Wyoming!  Not that I'm excited or anything... :) Over the past two months, things have been happening fast and furiously. My husband had been looking for a work-from-home job that would allow flexibility with traveling, relocating, and the [...Read More]


Beginning My Missionary Journey: the College Years

In my last post, I began sharing the story of how God called me to home missions. I went off to college with a burden on my heart for spiritually oppressed people and a specific call to prepare for full-time Christian service as a pastor's wife. I wasn't sure how all the pieces fit together, but God was still writing the story... The final two things God used to direct my missionary journey were faithful involvement in ministry and a short-term missions trip. During my first semester in college, I got involved in an regular outreach ministry on the weekends. We would travel to nearby nursing homes, women and children's shelters, and local churches to minister through puppet shows, [...Read More]


Beginning My Missionary Journey – The Early Years

I had the opportunity recently at a ladies' meeting to share the story of my missionary journey -- how God led me to prepare for becoming a missionary-church planter, and then used that call to direct me to a husband and place of ministry. When I mentioned it on Facebook, several of you expressed a desire to hear the story too, and I decided to share it with the hope that it might be an encouragement to all. My story begins -- as all of ours do -- with God's call to salvation when I was a young child. But fast forward about 12 years, and the story of my missionary journey begins. I could sum the beginning of that journey with the words of Abraham's servant in Genesis 24, when he was [...Read More]


5 Simple Ways to Encourage Missionaries

Do you support any missionaries as a family (or an individual)? Most of us probably just assume our churches are doing enough... but what if we each chose one missionary family to encourage on our own? After all, you need the encouragement and support of fellow Christians outside of Sunday morning services. Why would missionaries be any different? There are so many ways to support missionaries as they dive deep into spiritual mines across the globe, and prayer is perhaps the single most important way: We can pray generally for missionaries. We can remember specific challenges they face. We can consider personal appeals for prayer support. We can pray for returning [...Read More]


How to Pray for Missionaries Who Return Home

It's my honor to introduce you to Deb Crawford, a fellow blogger with a heart for missions. She and her husband spent several years sharing the Gospel in South Africa. I asked her to share some thoughts about better supporting missionaries. She offers a unique perspective here, as she knows firsthand the challenges of returning from the field.  Returning missionaries are too often simply overlooked. We cross them off our prayer lists and forget how hard it must be to recalibrate so unexpectedly. But I hope you'll take her suggestions to heart -- and offer her your support too! Be sure to leave a comment, and take a moment to check out her blog. I know you'll be blessed by [...Read More]


Pray for Missionaries: A Personal Appeal

I've recently been sharing some ideas about praying for missionaries (here and here). How would you like a real-life opportunity to put those things into practice? As some of you know, my husband and I have felt God's call to be missionary church-planters in the intermountain West. We've had a long stretch of waiting and preparing as he worked through six years of seminary. Last spring he finally graduated, and we flew out to Salt Lake City to meet with the board of Northwest Baptist Missions. We were officially accepted as "pre-field missionaries" and started looking for a more specific area to focus on. We had a few days free to survey different areas, and God clearly directed our [...Read More]


9 Things to Pray for Missionaries

Missionaries are like spiritual miners. They dive deep into spiritual darkness, armed with the tools of the Gospel, and unearth those who are ready to believe in Jesus Christ. Their job is made a little easier when they have partners back home holding the ropes for them in prayer. The first step is choosing who to pray for. Pick one or two families to start out with. Write down their names and where they're serving. Get their prayer card from your church, or print off a newsletter from their website, and keep it with your Bible as a reminder to pray for them. Side note: if you're having trouble choosing who to pray for, send me a quick email and I can offer some suggestions! The harder [...Read More]


How to Pray for Missionaries

In his book True Community, Jerry Bridges offers the following account: William Carey of England, who has been called "the father of modern missions," went to India in 1793. At that time, there were no organized missionary societies, but as Carey prayed over the needs of an unreached world, God laid India on his heart. At a commissioning service for Carey and his colleague in March 1793, one of Carey’s friends exclaimed, "There is a gold mine in India but it seems almost as deep as the centre of the earth!" -- to which Carey replied, "I will venture down but remember that you must hold the ropes." Miners have hard work to do -- not always easy, and certainly not always safe -- but they do it [...Read More]


Helen Roseveare (Heroes of the Faith)

Heroes of the faith are all around us -- if we know where to look. Many are simply unknown to the world-at-large as they quietly struggle through a lifetime of isolation and hardship. But many others have written of their journeys and shared the ways God has divinely shaped their paths to fit His perfect plan. One of those missionary-authors is Helen Roseveare, favorite "missionary mentor" of Debbie Crawford. I'm pleased to have Debbie -- a fellow blogger and missionary -- sharing a glimpse of Helen's life. I hope it encourages you to learn more about her! Helen Roseveare: A Missionary of Perseverance Beaten and raped by rebels during the 1960s Simba rebellion of what is now the [...Read More]