offensive pumpkins

To most Americans pumpkins are just pumpkins. They are tasty in pies, fun to smash, and to make nice decorations in the fall—not at all offensive. But when you reach out past your own culture you learn that not everyone sees the world like you do. I visited a Christian family from the Congo in…

An Unexpected Easter Lesson

I walked up to the open market, expecting to find butchered lamb, packaged and ready for sale. But as I approached, it became clearer and clearer that this was not the situation. The first thing that caught my attention was the sound of lambs bleating. “Have they not been slaughtered yet?” I wondered in disbelief.…

In Timișoara

Now that universities are in session, those teaching Romanian to foreigners have a less hectic schedule and are willing to teach us. We met with our new teacher (Emma) this past Thursday. We were encouraged by her proposed plan to bring us to fluency in Romanian. We will be meeting with her every Tuesday, Thursday,…

First Days’ Memo

Overall We’re doing well and getting as much accomplished as can be expected in the slower more laid back world of Romania. Nothing happens fast here. For example getting our paperwork notarized for our visas took three trips to the same office and half of the day. The slower pace matches our jet lagged brains…

Asking God for Directions

Have you ever started off on a journey only to realize along the way that you didn’t really know how to get to your destination? Admitting your confusion to yourself is embarrassing and admitting it to others can be downright humiliating, but it’s better than wasting your time going the wrong way. The Christian life…

2011—the year

Most people familiar with independent missions are saying that the average amount of time new missionaries spend in pre-field ministry is currently around three to five years. When I began, I assumed that I would be extraordinary and finish in two years. But God has graciously been teaching me both humility and patience. We are…