What to do with that space in your life where sorrow lives

God gave me four children, four babies who depended on me and who gave more meaning to my life than I could have imagined. Since that moment decades ago when I opened my heart and my womb to welcome my first child, I’ve watched that decision form me, challenge me, inspire and test me. They’re …

Divine Appointments: Gratitude, Pride and Deliverance in Honduras

There is so much one cannot learn about a nation in a brief span of six days. And yet, so much that is known because of a shared Creator. Two thoughts linger from my week serving with a mission team in Honduras: Gratitude and pride can co-exist Things are not always as they seem Of gratitude and …

Divine Appointments: A Story of Redemption in Honduras

There are many borders between northeast Indiana and Monte Redondo, Honduras. State borders, continental borders, national borders. We crossed them all in our journey to and from Honduras last week. But manmade barriers prove ineffective when hearts come together to share stories of adversity and faith, and to celebrate divine appointments. Meet Rossel Urbina. Rossel is …

Feet on the Ground, Ministry in our Hearts

Today, the real mission work begins. At least, that’s what one might assume. When we load our bus with bags of supplies for families living in the surrounding communities here in eastern Honduras, we’ll know our week of missionary work has begun. Actually, the ministry that’s called our group of 12 women and one brave …

What’s Brewing? The Coffee in Your Cup Helps Bring Children ‘Home’

She drew people to her, young and old alike. She just lit up the room. Was it her smile? Her naturally friendly manner? The curly red hair and sparkling giggle certainly caught your attention. But beyond all that, what illuminated the face of my friend Chris was love — the love of Jesus that she …

How ‘Forgotten Children’ Changed My Life

At a writing conference in Michigan last spring, I met a tall young woman with a captivating smile and a beautiful accent. We ran into each other over and over again during the conference (including in various restrooms) and decided we could be “cyber friends”. Though we live half a continent apart, I’ve enjoyed getting …

Prayers for the Forgotten Children of Honduras

A cloud sits on the mountain directly before me, hiding it from view. I’ve watched those clouds and mist hover and lift each morning this week as I’ve taken time to be with the Lord and to share with you reflections on this journey. Soon, the clouds will lift and at the very top of …

Finding the Forgotten Children in Honduras: Part Five

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 God has His hands all over this mission to Honduras, and no truer evidence of His sovereignty could be seen than in the corrections …

Finding the Forgotten Children in Honduras: Part Three

Today’s reflection comes from the heart of Madonna Snyder, a pastor at our church and a dear friend. This is her first mission trip to Honduras: Again today we made our way to the school soccer field to set up and cook for hundreds of people.  I thought the crowd was much bigger than yesterday, …