Stomped But Not Crushed

I recently had the opportunity to go to a vineyard where we could pick grapes off the vine, then take what we gathered and stomp them to make our own fresh juice. Later as I sat and sipped the sweet juice it produced, I thought of how sometimes the sweetest moments come after we have endured what can feel like we’re being “stomped.”

God is doing some amazing things in the lives of our students here, and I believe our enemy is feeling threatened.  I personally have endured some pretty intense spiritual warfare lately. But in His goodness, He drew me back to His promises that “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair…..” Therefore we do not lose heart…for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all!”  2 Corinthians 4

Prayer Point: First Fridays

Every first Friday, our team hosts a university event at our Center. This month, we had an egg theme complete with egg games, an egg drop, and the chicken dance. Take a peek, and mark your calendars with a reminder to pray for our next even on December 1st!


                                                                       Supplies: 15 plastic cups.  4 rubber bands.  4 pieces of string.
Objective: CIMG_1327reate a cup pyramid without touching the cups.
The national motto for this country is “Strength in Unity,” so we offered a “teamwork task” at a recent student event.  Students were so excited when they came up with creative solutions and accomplished a task together.  Various personality types were on full display during this challenge, and using English was not easy for many of the participants.
May you experience tremendous unity in each team setting you find yourself…your family, your church, your workplace,  and your neighborhood.


Fun Fact Friday: Waste Not

On a recent trip to the junk yard for a car part, I was struck by the reality that nothing goes to waste in this country.  Mechanics strip old cars to fill their stores with  partsIMG_2778 for people to buy.  I searched from store to store holding out the part I needed until one worker brought me to an old car, and stripped it down in front of me to get the right part. It was a new experience at the car market!

Prayer Point: Peace and Protection


In a country that has experienced invasion after invasion, it’s easy to understand the anxiety that abounds here. Unsure about the future, people often don’t believe that they can be certain of anything—including their eternity.

Prayer Points:

—Pray for protection for this place. That despite terrorism all around, it will stay open and free.

—Pray for true Peace to reign in people’s hearts, and for the spirit of anxiety to be crushed and replaced with Hope.

—Pray for protection for our team and our children as we serve. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Maintaining Our Gutters

We see these gutters throughout the city.  A lot of times they go unnoticed because they blend in with the old, rundown look of the building.  When they do get recognition, is when it rains!  Let’s just say that they don’t exactly have a leakproof seal!  When it rains, it can literally pour–right out of the gutter and onto our heads.
There’s an interesting parallel with our souls — we often react from the “overflow” of our hearts. What does that overflow look like? Do we have a blocked gutter?  Is the gutter rusted and not maintained?


Glimpse of the City: Fall Festival Foot Traffic

Take twenty seconds today, and pray for the people in this video! We don’t know their names, but God knows each heart!

No Two Days Alike

“Boy, do the days go fast here” —  do any of you feel like your days are going by fast?  Sometimes we are asked what a “normal” day looks like for us.  Although we do have some cemented pieces, like our teaching schedules and school routines for the kids, there are no two days exactly alike!


One example of this is that we try to connect with our students outside of class time.  So, this can take us on some interesting trails!  Our time may mean meeting for coffee, hiking around the local market to shop with some students, going to a car parts store, or visiting them at their job.  The last example is what we were doing this past month. One of our students just got a new job and we went visiting!

Got Talent?







Recently, our team went to enjoy the local production of “Got talent.”  We enjoyed a few of the numbers, especially this one of the men flipping around. There were a couple of acts that were simply, bad.  I was quick to think the person would be booed off the stage, but I was shocked that audience applauded and cheered for even the worst of numbers. I was impressed with how loving the people were. It reminded me of God’s Love for each of us–His love is not based on how good our performance is, but because we are His children.

Fun Fact Friday: Black Radish Chips, Anyone?



Once and awhile, we find something that is unfamiliar to us. Recently, there was a harvest festival in our city, and there were a few root vegetables that we hadn’t seen before.  One was identified as a turnip– that’s probably something a few of you know about.  The second was a black radish!  Has anyone used this for anything?  We are planning on cutting these into thin strips and baking them into chips.

Update: Black Radish Chips–delicious!

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