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Little “Godly” Lies

Little “Godly” Lies

Whether they are identified as “white” lies or “little” lies, the truth is that we are all guilty at some point of succumbing to the engagement of them. That’s where one discussion went at a particular Bible study in the book of Hebrews. This particular study was made up of many unbelievers, and so few…

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Many Religions

Many Religions

Hong Kong is a city where East meets West. Culture and ideas mix together or clamor for dominance. Religions, philosophies, and traditions compete for influence. Each morning as I walk out of our village, I pass the village altar for the worship of ancestors. At the altar, the villagers have left offerings and incense for…

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A Shocking Shopping Trip

A Shocking Shopping Trip

The furniture salesman was quite friendly. “What is your occupation?” he asked. I hesitated. His clothes demonstrated that he was not from my religious background. What would he think of me? “I am a Christian missionary,” I replied. Later in the conversation, the furniture man said, “I want to personally deliver your furniture; and when…

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Heartbreak and Hope on the Islands

Heartbreak and Hope on the Islands

High expectations preceded Michael’s fall—both his own expectations and those of his missionary mentors. A ministry student at Bible college, no one knew of his secret girlfriend and the sordid hotel tryst. Though he was smiling and singing as usual at church, his conscience nagged him about the hypocrisy of his double life. Miserable and…

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Walk + Talk =

Walk + Talk =

Arriving back to the field brings excitement and apprehension. There’s the usual life events: births, deaths, and people moving away. Despite all the usual life dramas, Brad and Ber are happy to be back and tackle whatever comes their way – especially getting reacquainted with Sami. Sami is the person Brad has been working with…

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Classroom Lessons for the Teacher

Classroom Lessons for the Teacher

Though she’d been an English teacher in this class composed of four students for only two months, a bond had already formed. She appreciated their thirst for knowledge and their drive to excel; they admired her intellect, and the respect with which she treated them. She was approachable and seemed to genuinely care about them….

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The Point of No Return

The Point of No Return

Her hands flew up to her face and she uttered the words, “What can I do?” Simply put, that had been the point; she couldn’t do anything. It was that “ah-ha” moment when things started to make sense. During our study, we deviated to Matthew 5:21-26, the Sermon on the Mount, and the section on…

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Good News at a Funeral

Good News at a Funeral

Although this funeral was a Christian funeral, I knew that the elderly lady that had passed away was an unbeliever. Two years before, not long after arriving in Hong Kong, my co-worker and I visited her. She was a spunky, kind old lady. Though her grandchildren had often witnessed to her, she was politely uninterested…

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Love First

Love First

“First we were friends and after that, sisters in Christ!” Maya describes Julia’s journey from unbelief to faith as a collage of friendships, connections, truth, and soul-searching. The two young women met at work, and a warm friendship sprung up between them. Since Maya’s faith in Jesus is a big part of her life, the…

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Watching the Holy Spirit Work!

Watching the Holy Spirit Work!

We have been able to study the Bible on 2 occasions with a local business man and his wife. As we studied Isaiah 53, the Holy Spirit opened this man’s eyes to a foundational truth. We simply read the passage and asked, “What does this teach us about man?” He answered, “If I were a…

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