A Lesson from Ahmad

By Janel Breitenstein | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

This afternoon, the cottony gray clouds that had been collecting in billowy heaps finally poured streams of rain on Kampala. And because most of the students at our local refugee center slog through muddy streets and alleys to their English, career, and Bible classes, only five from my class showed up. So class was cancelled […]

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Four W’s of Faith

By Barbara Rainey | July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Prayer is a mystery. Four verbs challenge my desire for a formula and simultaneously expose my heart’s weakness: 1. Waiting. Um, not such an easy assignment for impatient me in this hyper-fast world.  Whining comes much more natural for me. 2. Watching. Watchmen in times past stood on towers and ramparts scanning the horizon for […]

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A Lesson From Winnie

By Janel Breitenstein | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Lesson From Winnie

I was sautéing dinner last week when the clink of the lock at our gate resonated through the kitchen. I looked up, and through the window saw my friend Winnie standing behind the gate’s bars, expectantly and with her characteristic wide smile. Beneath her arms was a colorful book on the human body I’d lent […]

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Preparing for Guests

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Preparing for Guests

This past weekend Dennis and I spent hours in our large yard weed-eating, blowing debris, pruning, fertilizing and more. We have guests coming. What is it about guests that inspires this kind of labor? Yes, it is an important and influential group–our FamilyLife board of directors, men who have significant responsibilities in companies and churches. […]

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For Every Winter

By Janel Breitenstein | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week, I woke in the darkness to what must be one of the greatest sounds on earth at times, just outside my louvered window: the whisper, then the thunder, of rain. A welcome chill had settled on my covers, and I snuggled next to my slumbering husband, falling back into that wonderful envelope of […]

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