Special Report: Infiltrating North Korea

30Jul

Special Report: Infiltrating North Korea

It’s happening yet again. North Korea’s despotic leader, Kim Jong Un, is breathing threats of annihilation against South Korea and the United States. The media loves reporting this all-too-usual story to audiences anxiously concerned about the risks of nuclear confrontation, because fear generates good ratings, and good ratings generate advertising dollars.

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04Apr

A Chance to Catch a Rising Star

In the world of humanitarian aid, sadly, the dignity and incentive of those who need our help is often inadvertently crushed, while irresponsibility, dependency and corruption are bred. Over the years, we’ve learned it is never wise to do for others what they can do for themselves.

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29Mar

Mobilizing Missionaries

Walking can only get you so far so fast. In many places around the world, missionaries are doing their best to reach distant villages and communities with the gospel by walking, riding worn-out bikes, or hiring costly taxis.

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16Mar

Kangure’s Water

On our final day in Africa, Diane Scott and I traveled by car for a little over an hour outside of Nairobi to the village of Kangure. There, one of our Kenyan micro-bankers, a church-planter named David Gaita, has planted one of his churches. It is named, Emmanuel Joy Glorious Fellowship Church, and when we arrived, some of the saints were waiting for us.

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15Mar

Rescued Nuer and Dinka Beauties

Because I've been traveling in East Africa with Becky (my wife), Diane Scott, and Mel Miller, we've been focusing on projects related to our Safe Water Ministry, Food Ministry (both directed by Diane) and our Refugee Ministry (directed by Becky, and before too long to be directed by Mel). So, today we spent some hours at Cindi's Hope, a Christian boarding school in Naivasha, Kenya, whose 89 special students all have heart-breaking stories to tell.

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08Mar

Education is Everything

Most Kenyan parents know that the only hope that their children have of escaping poverty is through an education. So parents who live in Nairobi's most squalid slums—that are unimaginable by Western standards—go to work every day on the outside, working at the lowest-paying jobs in order to earn enough for their children to attend school.

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02Mar

The Miracle of a Born-Again Mzungu

Pastor and prison minister Deogratias Gashagaza is known in Rwanda as a type of Mother Teresa figure. God has used him, perhaps more than anyone else, to bring reconciliation between Hutus and Tutsis since the 1994 genocide during which at least 800,000 Tutsis (and moderate Hutus) were massacred by rampaging Hutus. Pastor Deo lost 45 members of his own family.

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27Feb

Congolese Steeler Fans

I'm tagging along in East Africa with three of Heaven's Family's finest: my wife, Becky, who directs our Refugee Ministry, Diane Scott, who directs our Safe Water Ministry and Food Ministry, and Mel Miller, who has recently joined our staff after retiring as a career pilot for American Airlines. Mel is being trained to take over directorship of the Refugee Ministry as it has exceeded Becky's time capacity.

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