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  • Tue 21 Jul

    Stubbornness and the Burning Bush

    Moses Blog Melissa

    One of the words I’ve often described myself as is: stubborn!  Hmmm... maybe tenacious has a better ring to it … regardless, when I have my mind set on something, it’s hard to persuade me otherwise.  It’s a quality that has done me well over the years but also something I believe has led me to miss out on some pretty awesome opportunities!

    When I read the story of Moses & the burning bush, I’m confronted by how often I’ve “pulled...

    Posted by Melissa Ytsma at 00:00AM | Permalink

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  • Mon 20 Jul

    Blog Post: Humility & Grace

    ALT Laura Blog Post Chamba

    It could have been a Coke Cola commercial. They brought a red case of the bottled drink in the simply constructed church from the dusty road, not a house in sight.  One by one the lids were popped off and we were each handed a bottle of the cool liquid. Refreshed, the energy in the conversation rises as we engage more than before.  Our smiles are wider, actions more exaggerated and stories told better.  Although the room is empty apart from a single table, some benches,...

    Posted by Laura Hanna at 09:36AM | Permalink

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  • Tue 14 Jul

    Blog Post: Restoration- On Peace & Healing

    Laura Africa Learning Team

    Captivated, the room hung on every word. I dare not whisper to ask the translator. I wait in silence. She is speaking Ndebele but I am not without understanding. Somewhere between her actions and the emotion filling her voice, I already know.


    Unsure of what exactly we would witness we had entered the Healing Session. In this workshop we found community members of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe learning about peace, conflict and resolution.  


    Guided by the Christian organization they...

    Posted by Laura Hanna at 10:15AM | Permalink

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  • Mon 13 Jul

    Chosen One, Moses, and Attentiveness to God

    Moses Chosen One

    I can truly relate to Moses as one who felt ill-equipped to lead people (Exodus 6:12), but felt called to make one of the largest impacts on Israel’s history. 

    I often feel challenged by Moses’s heart and example as one who listened to God and deeply desired God’s presence. One verse that sticks out in my mind is Exodus 33:15 - “Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

    God had offered to do God’s...

    Posted by Joe Tenthorey at 17:26PM | Permalink

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  • Tue 07 Jul

    Zimbabwe: When Hyperinflation Meets Faith

    ALT Blog Laura Zimbabwe


    Do you remember hearing about Zimbabwe's hyperinflation in the late 2000s?  I do; to think of people bringing a wheelbarrow full of money just to buy staples like bread is something I could never forget. 

    Our team arrived in Zimbabwe and spent the first day learning all about the work of our partners and received a cultural orientation.  Of course this included their recent history of hyperinflation.

    If you don't believe this was...

    Posted by Laura Hanna at 11:02AM | Permalink

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  • Sun 05 Jul

    Learning In Every Opportunity

    Africa Learning Team Farming
    I woke up to discover that we are half of the way into a 13 hour flight to Ethiopia - en route to South Africa! I pull my static hair away from my face and wonder, is this really what I'm hearing?  Who on this flight is speaking about manure?  What an odd conversation topic!  My curiosity is peaked and I listen in from my seat, straining to hear their next words.

    Agriculture! Of course.

    I've just learned sometime new: the proper process from transforming...

    Posted by Laura Hanna at 00:00AM | Permalink

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  • Fri 03 Jul

    Every Little Bump and Squeak

    ALT Team

    There's something about flying in an airplane that makes me feel more vulnerable and exposed than I do when my feet are on the ground. I've heard the stats that say it's more dangerous for me to drive to the grocery store than fly in a plane ...but somehow I don't believe them. With every squeak of the wings and bump from the clouds, I find myself taking a little gasp and saying a prayer!

    And it's then I realize that my perception of safety and security is just that -- my perception. At any...

    Posted by Amanda Miles at 12:13PM | Permalink

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  • Tue 30 Jun

    A Land of Extremes

    Mark Wall


    This will be my third time visiting the continent of Africa.  In my experience so far, it has been beautiful but unknown – filled with joy, yet broken and in need – incredibly life nurturing, while at the same time, stricken by physical hunger. 

    Africa is truly a land of extremes. 

    As I prepare for this trip and I let my mind wander a bit, I find myself wrestling with my expectations.  Since I have been a couple other times, I feel like I have a bit of...

    Posted by Mark Wall at 17:29PM | Permalink

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  • Mon 22 Jun

    Kids, Wolves, and the God who cares

    Baby Moses Basket Chosen One


    Recently I’ve noticed our youngest daughter Ella (6 years old) taking creative liberties with her storytelling.  She’s been so creatively liberal some might call it lying, or to translate it into kid friendly terms: fibbing. 

    One night we were all sitting around the dinner table and she started telling us about something that happened with a couple of her little friends at school.  The story was so outlandish, and so impossible that her mom and...

    Posted by Jimmy Rushton at 13:08PM | Permalink

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  • Sun 14 Jun

    God in my Ordinary



    The first warm days of June always bring back memories of summer’s past. I remember one summer as a youth I decided to join the local rep baseball team. I was just learning the game at that point and it was mostly the kindness of the coach that enabled me to be on the team. I remember grabbing a wood bat and walking up to the plate and thinking, “Why is it so hard to hit that crazy ball?” The older guys made it look pretty easy. It is just a piece of wood in my hands. A ball....

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