This is a guest blog from Whitney Foreman, a missionary working in Nicaragua. She writes at http://creoentinica.wordpress.com/ Forgiveness: to forgive is to completely give up something, holding nothing back and to expect nothing in return. The following story has been resonating in my heart a lot lately. There’s not much I personally want to add, … Continue reading The Struggles of Forgiveness
I spent the majority of that day, the one ending in a Tanzanian prison, traveling by van. There were nine seats in the van and it was said by locals that vans arrived every half hour but most often the vans would drive by me full of Africans and no room for white Muzungus. I … Continue reading The Prayers I Prayed In A Tanzanian Prison
Q: Which story is real? The first story The second story The third story None of the above All of the above Characters: man, witches, loving woman, children, young boy, neighbor, villagers, police Setting: Small African village with several mud huts and dirt roads. Many children playing and women outside washing clothes. The sun is … Continue reading The Art of Ignoring War (in 3 Acts)
Not too long ago, a young man from the Middle East hated Christians, like many in his community. He persecuted the church violently to advance his religion. He arranged brutal murders and approved of horrific executions. He went house to house arresting Christian men and women. He did this to end the Christian church. His … Continue reading Some Good Ol’ Fashioned American Hate
A friend asked me the other day, “How do you get people to be so vulnerable with you?” The people in question are those I speak with over the phone most days. They are people that I have never spoken to before, and people that most likely I will never speak to again. I have … Continue reading To Listen. To Really Listen.
My First Trip to Nicaragua I spent three months in the drab, dusty farming city of Esteli, Nicaragua in the fall of 2009. As one of the most important cigar-producing cities in the world, miles and miles of tobacco fields surround Esteli, but I was in the city when I met an American soldier. I … Continue reading Those Perfectly, Happily Content Christians
I am surrounded by, talking to, and working with Christians just about every single day. I often wonder if that’s turning me into a skeptic. Leave it to us for being known as the stingy ones by waiters everywhere (“more blessed to give”), for saying we’ll do something and then changing our minds a thousand … Continue reading When I See You, I’ll Probably Doubt You
We were bringing back the location where vulnerable people spent their time. We wanted to revamp a place for people and ideas that wouldn’t be allowed in most churches. ‘Wrecked for the Ordinary’, we called it. Vulnerability was our goal. Our desire was painfully honest Christians willing to be true in all things – every struggle, every … Continue reading Why Wrecked?
MEET THE AUTHORS Seth Barnes. Fired by two bosses. A misfit in high school. Didn’t fit in America, so began career overseas. Couldn’t fit in a normal job, so started an organization that looks more like the Island of Misfit Toys than anything else. The story of what that looked like here. Kellen Gorbett is a … Continue reading Meet the Authors
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