The Holy Spirit’s First Name

woman from Ethiopia's Borena tribe holding child
28Aug

The Holy Spirit’s First Name

Ethiopia runs on a biblical clock, starting with the sun's consistent rising around 6am (we're near the equator), which is considered the start of "the first hour of the day." Today (Sunday), church began at 10:00 on my watch, but at 4:00 Ethiopian time.

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Picture of boy gathering water
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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Picture of young sudanese woman
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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Picture of cute student at Jocada Academy
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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12Dec

One of Jesus’ People Who Wasn’t Happy to See Me

In my last blog, I told you the story of how American Joseph Zanetti began serving the Badjao people who live in a section of the Isla Verde slum on the Philippine coast of Davao City. It was the Badjao who first built their stilted huts, decades ago, over waters that were then teeming with tropical fish.

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08Dec

An American “Christian” Finds Jesus

In August of 1983, at the age of 15, Joseph Zanetti walked forward during an evangelistic crusade in his hometown in North Carolina and "invited Jesus into his heart." The trouble was, although what Joseph did was common in the Bible Belt, it was foreign to the Bible.

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05Dec

Today I Tricked My Translator

I am now on the Philippine's most southern significant island, Mindanao, and Heaven's Family's primary contacts here are American missionary Gary Hawkins and his Filipina wife, Lyn. Gary has been serving in the Philippines for 4 years, but I've known him since 2008.

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