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Flowers Between the Cracks

Flowers Between the Cracks

  Flowers Between the Cracks: 3 M’s of Church Multiplication in Mexico City When Alejandro Sicilia came to lead Senda De Vida church 20 years ago, the building served as a bunker. Located in the heart of Mexico City in a neighborhood riddled with crime, drugs and...
Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation

Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation

Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation: Silas Vermilya Made His Faith His Own as a Pastor’s Kid Silas Vermilya is 18 years old, starting his first year at Indiana Wesleyan University. For the past 10 years, he’s been a pastor’s kid, as his mom served as a worship pastor...
The Tale of a Coffee Cup

The Tale of a Coffee Cup

*Names changed for security. New in Albania and wanting to get to know the people in my neighborhood, my heart leapt when I heard a woman’s voice calling to me, “Pershendetje (Greetings!),” initiating friendship with me, a stranger. Next came the question which I...
God and Siri: Proceed to the Route!

God and Siri: Proceed to the Route!

My husband, Michael, and I recently headed to the mountains for a couple of days. He had an upcoming surgery and we just wanted some alone/away time. We had his pre-op visit in Cumming, Georgia, and decided we would get on the road from there. We checked with Siri for...
Missional Churches: a ZIP Code Strategy

Missional Churches: a ZIP Code Strategy

I was in the sixth grade when the United States Postal System introduced ZIP codes. ZIP codes came into existence the same year John Kennedy, Jr., was assassinated, in 1963. The father of the ZIP code was a postal worker, Robert Moon, who originally came up with the...
Deporting Jesus

Deporting Jesus

Not long after Jesús is born to a minoritized people group under the rule of the government, he becomes a refugee. Jesús’ parents decide to flee their home country out of fear of the government-sponsored military. Jesús grows up in a small town among his own...
Messengers of Grace

Messengers of Grace

We have a neighbor who is the strangest person I’ve ever met. He is intelligent and well-read, but physically very ill which leads to some very odd behaviors. The other neighbors want nothing to do with him. He is an outcast. To add fuel to the fire there were three...
La Vida en Color: Life in Color

La Vida en Color: Life in Color

(English translation below) Si nos ponemos a meditar en el privilegio que tenemos de poder mirar, y no solo el mirar sino que podemos ver las diferentes tonalidades de los colores es algo mágico y maravilloso. De igual manera es la vida del ser humano, la podemos...
​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

“I think God ran out of white, so that’s why he made me brown. I wish that I was white.” I will never forget those words spoken earlier this year by a little 4-year-old girl who has stolen our hearts. As I read about the sad events in Virginia on...
​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

There was a day when my husband and I came to an understanding that God was releasing us from local church ministry. In a turn of events, we moved to Budapest, Hungary, to serve with Global Partners in Europe. I remember being marked by this thought from a devotional...
Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigration Connection site shadowing has proven to be the the fastest and most cost effective way to move people radically forward toward offering this community transforming ministry for immigrants in a local church. -David Drury Founding Board member of The...
​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

Slowly, my freedoms have begun to fall away, one by one. I can no longer exercise, drive, be alone with my children, eat, walk or even get out of bed unassisted. In the last six years, I have encountered numerous challenges: entered into recovery from an eating...
​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

I didn’t grow up attending church regularly. I did attend a neighborhood church on Easter and Christmas if my parents took me. But it seemed like something you did for the holidays. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old and invited by a friend that church...
​Whose neighbor are you?

​Whose neighbor are you?

One day, a rule-bound lawyer, hoping to get a checklist to prove he was good enough, approached Jesus and asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10) Like a wise rabbi, Jesus didn’t give an answer, but countered the question with his...
Five necessities of soul care

Five necessities of soul care

“Speed and efficiency” is a tagline that could easily be applied to North American culture. The faster, quicker, and more productive the better. However, certain things in life are better done slowly. Soul care is one. While God can change our hearts in an...
​The engine of discipleship

​The engine of discipleship

Jon Wiest, teaching pastor at Trinity Church in Fishers, Ind., shared this TED Talk at a recent Exponential (church planting) shoulder event of The Wesleyan Church. Around 200 Wesleyan district superintendents, pastors, and leaders were in attendance. My oldest...
Surrender

Surrender

Giving up always means gaining more when you surrender. Whether you are a new or seasoned Christian, insights shared in Surrender will prompt you to look deeper into your life motives. How do you discern if your will is interfering with God’s will? How do you...
​Two arms and two legs

​Two arms and two legs

Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker. In his mid-thirties, he has accomplished a great deal. He has written and published five books. He has acted in two movies, performed in a music video, appeared on Oprah, and has spoken to hundreds of millions of people around...
​Emily Fussner: broken down and made new

​Emily Fussner: broken down and made new

I have a confession to make: I have a vested interest in Annesley Writers Forum’s featured artist this month: Emily Fussner. She’s my cousin. Together, Emily, my sister, Annie, and I make up the three girl cousins on my dad’s side of the family....
​Perfection

​Perfection

I am a recovering perfectionist, paired with a lifelong struggle of laziness. So, we’ll call it “undisciplined perfectionism.” Basically, it means that if I am going to do something, I want to do it extremely well or not at all. And the fear of not...