Ever been to a ghetto?

Ever been to a ghetto? (not on the standard European tour) It’s been over 10 years, and I can still picture the tattered details of the gypsy ghettos of Bulgaria. Yes, there are ghettos in Europe. Gypsies live in them, all over Eastern Europe. And if gypsy kids...

Why you should take a non-vacation vacation

Why you should take a non-vacation vacation (i.e. a missions trip)   I just returned from Costa Rica. It was a non-vacation vacation (i.e. a missions trip). I took a team of incredible ladies to engage girls and women (not to mention each other) to see themselves as...

10 Things Europeans do better than us

10 things Europeans do better than us I returned yesterday from an incredible two-week vacation in Europe. I’m sorry, that makes me sound snooty. I hope that’s not true. This trip was a blessing, and certainly not a deserved one. We planned this trip for a long...

Why you should care about the refugee crisis

Why you should care about the refugee crisis According to Time magazine, there are over 59.5 million displaced people in the world, enough to become the 24th largest country. More than half of those being displaced from their country of origin must flee to a foreign...

I’m not supposed to feel normal

I'm not supposed to feel normal I just got back from Ethiopia. I’m having trouble fitting back into my normal life. I’m back in a world that doesn’t smell of diesel fuel, spices, and unwashed humanity. Cars don’t mingle with pedestrians in the streets, all merging and...

Hello, I’m your sponsor

Hello, I'm your sponsor Hello, I’m your sponsor. Have you ever said that? Maybe you’ve given money for Little League trips or band trips or missions trips for a teenager who mailed you a letter or knocked on your door. Maybe you volunteer at a boys’...

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