God Knew I was Ready

God Knew I was Ready

Corey has volunteered in Palau—twice. And he’s ready to go back again. Why? Because He says, “Jesus found His greatest blessing in service when he was here. And if we want to figure out how to get close to Him, then our best bet is to go out and serve the same way that He … Read more

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Lights in the Amazon

Lights in the Amazon

I used to work as a photojournalist in Sao Paulo, but now I’m a volunteer missionary for the Amazon Lifesavers Ministry in Brazil. I’ve been doing this for years, and I love it. If someone told me a few years ago that I’d be in a place like this, I would have thought they were … Read more

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Break Bread, not Boards

Break Bread, not Boards

There was a time when Anton was fascinated by the martial arts. He was so skilled that he was selected to study at the Bulgarian National Sports Academy where he later began a sports club and competed in tournaments. Anton was pleased with his hard-won success, but he felt that something important was missing in … Read more

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First Impressions

First Impressions

Here’s what I knew about the African continent before I arrived in Uganda with my family.* I pictured a harsh, barren land (as depicted in some documentaries) and having to fetch water from some far away riverbed. But when I looked out the plane window as we approached Entebe Airport, I saw fertile land, lush … Read more

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Most Memorable Gift

Most Memorable Gift

I receive many gifts from my students. One day at recess, my youngest girl came up to me, a massive smile spread across her face, ad asked me to hold out my hand. “Something for Teecha,” she rasped out in her warm, little voice. I stretched out my hand, and she placed something shiny in … Read more

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Purpose and Joy

Purpose and Joy

I’d been losing focus. I was getting frustrated about little things. I was having a hard time being encouraging and patient. Something had to change. And it did, the very next day. Along with her crinkled coloring sheets and handwriting homework, my first-grader Anny pulled out a folded little note from her back pack. “My … Read more

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