Deputation is a weird word for Refinement

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1 I’ve been avoiding my own blog for a while now. Accurately describing the last few... Continue Reading →

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You Never Know

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Recently, Elijah and I walked the halls of the church we grew up in after presenting to the Children’s ministry and noticed so many changes. New faces, colors on the... Continue Reading →

Our First Month of Deputation

The subtle comfort of routine isn’t something that most people claim they long for. At least, I had not until now. There are so many small comforts that have existed in my life as stealthy idols: routine, the illusion of independence, solitude. Surely, a pre-field missionary should be excited to toss these aspects of their... Continue Reading →

When God Surprises You

Normally, I hate surprises. I feel like they catch me off guard and I don’t know how to graciously react to the shock of them. I know a lot of people who thrive on them because of the joy that they can spark. But I am notorious for convincing myself of how things will turn... Continue Reading →

Candidacy: The Journey Begins

Typically, when we explain to new acquaintances or old friends that we are in the process of joining MAF, they excitedly jump to THE question. (That is, after we clarify what MAF is and “no, Elijah won’t be flying, but he’ll enable other people to do so.") THE driving question that seems to be our... Continue Reading →

Return to Service

Often, we think of airplanes as huge commuter shuttles that get us from one place to another for work or holidays. They are a means to an end, and most of us would rather sleep or entertain ourselves through a flight—but airplanes can be much more than that. There are still people and places around... Continue Reading →

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