gratitude

A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan

A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan
The painter was coming at 10 with a friend’s father, although it would probably be 10:30 because life in Kurdistan runs on Kurdish time. When I got the call that the painter couldn’t come until 5 pm, I wasn’t terribly surprised.
My car was stuck in a store […]

March 27th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Crazy Day – Life in Kurdistan

Celebrating 25 Years – Looking back to the Beginning

Beginning
The beginning is always filled with hope and fraught with hazard. Whether it’s a new baby or a new business, this unlikely pair always comes along for the ride. The early years of Servant Group (1992-1995) are a great example of this. As mentioned before, the ministry began as a way to address the […]

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating 25 Years – Looking back to the Beginning

God is Near

I am so very thankful. Shukraan (that means thank you in Arabic).

I am still trying to put into words my thoughts and feelings about last week in Athens. The best summary I have is that it was a beautiful week, for in beauty there can be both joy and sorrow. The stories I heard […]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on God is Near

The Mustard Seed

I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Last week was a good week. I saw that over five million people attended the Cubs World Series victory parade. Someone told me it was the 7th largest gathering of people in world history. I have no idea if that’s true, but that IS a lot of people celebrating […]

November 8th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Mustard Seed

I am Descended from a Refugee

Imagine a teenage boy whose country has been ripped apart by a war that has rocked the world. His family is destitute and eager to get out of a place where they are still being persecuted. The war has brought them nothing but poverty and death. They can’t afford to send everyone though, they […]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I am Descended from a Refugee

Encouraged by Jalapenos

Finding Encouragement
Sometimes it’s hard to find joy or feel encouraged in a given moment or a given day. Life overseas in a different culture can be hard. Physical comforts are sometimes lacking. Relational support is sometimes lacking. And sometimes it’s simply your own attitude that is lacking. But instead of making a top 10 […]

September 6th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Encouraged by Jalapenos

Choosing Gratitude in Greece

One team member recently wrote:

“Back in ‘Merica today and feeling WEIRD. So very glad to see my people here but aching for the family I left behind. Pretty sure this is just the beginning of a lifetime of having my heart invested all across the map. A part of me hates the tension, the […]

August 8th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Choosing Gratitude in Greece