Culture

An Extended Death Celebration

I was explaining a Christian’s position regarding multiple holidays throughout the year last night to a couple of new believers. “The church, generally speaking, likes to celebrate,” I said. The two biggest holidays, Christmas and Easter, center around the birth and redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus. Valentine’s Day? Why sure! Mothers and Fathers Day, …

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Where Language Divides, Love Speaks (by Kaitlyn Black)

Going to Mexico I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I guess you could say I was a little nervous. I don’t know even the slightest bit of Spanish, and I kind of questioned and doubted myself… wondering how I would make an impact on people and show them Christ’s love, when I couldn’t …

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Short-term Missions Preparation

Short-term missions trips require a lot of work, both on the part of the organizing church leadership as well as the receiving missionary. On the U.S. church’s side, there is a lot of paperwork (passports, parental release forms, liability, health insurance, tourist visas) that necessitates timely administration. With every team there are team dynamics. Who …

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Mexico City Madness

It’s not easy to live in the Mexico City metro area. It really seems like the city government gets together and brainstorms how to make living here more onerous. on·er·ous ˈōnərəs,ˈänərəs/adjective adjective: onerous–involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome. Ah yes, oppressively burdensome. Mexico life in general is complicated. This past …

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Forays into Mexico City

This past week has been full of expected and unexpected happenings. It has been a week where we have ventured into Mexico City on four different occasions. Last weekend we received news of the death of Mayra’s aunt, and went to her viewing on a rainy Friday evening. I was asked to officiate the wedding, …

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Our Son Daniel

If you would have told us in early March, 2013 that our son would be finishing out his last two years of high school in Pennsylvania, well, we wouldn’t have believed you! But all that changed after a quick visit to PA that month, at which time we were involved in a missions conference at …

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“Little Animals”

For the last five months we have been involved in reaching out and assisting in a number of ways an elderly shelter just down the road from where we live. The center is run by a non-profit, and we are still trying to determine just how it functions. It appears to receive some support from …

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