April, 2014 Archive

Apr 28

Africa 2014 Update 15

  Goma, DRC I’m writing this update looking out over Lake Kivu—powerful waves crash into the stone embankment like the ocean—hazy mountains in the distance.  The beauty here testifies to a God of majestic power and peace.  Sadly though, one doesn’t have to walk far before encountering the rubble of this city. North Kivu has […]

Apr 26

Africa 2014 Update 14

  Dear friends, I’m sitting in our hotel lobby enjoying the smell of the rain, listening to the thunder roar over nearby Lake Kivu, and smelling the tropical scents. There is so much incredible beauty here in the people and the landscape. At the same time, we came home from our meetings today with heavy […]

Apr 23

Africa 2014 Update 13

  Dear friends, We finished the third and final day of our Esther Home conference for about 30 college women. We have rarely seen such dramatic changes in a 3 day conference. They were extremely reserved the first day and we weren’t sure we were getting through. They say here that if Rwandans didn’t swallow […]

Apr 22

Africa 2014 Update 12

  How do I summarize the last week and a half? We’re almost finished with our second “By His Wounds—Trauma Healing for East Africa” seminar. What a humbling privilege it’s been for us to be invited into Kigali, Rwanda on the 20 Year Anniversary of the Genocide. In many ways Rwandans have been stuck in […]

Apr 19

Africa 2014 Update 11

Meet Daphrose Muteho (far left) and her husband Jean-Pasteur Katavo (far right). As I had the privilege to minister alongside these amazing Mending The Soul leaders this week, I was moved by their commitment to transform evil and suffering. They were nearly killed in Rwanda during the genocide, where Daphrose gave birth to their first […]

Apr 18

Good Friday in Rwanda

  You greeted me this morning early, before dawn You are like that—full of surprises. Today is Good Friday—the day of your deepest anguish and humiliation. You prayed alone in a cold garden Betrayed by your closest friends Slapped, stripped naked, beaten Disbelieved, declared a liar Mocked with a purple robe Crowned with thorns Hung […]

Apr 17

Africa 2014 Update 10

  Dear friends I finally have reliable internet again. God continues to bless our trip in amazing ways. Our last day in Juba, South Sudan was very unique. We spent a couple hours with two Pastors and heard incredible testimonies that we are still processing. We were told by the ALARM staff that we needed […]

Apr 13

Africa 2014 Update 8

  Ladies Conference at A Perfect Injustice – Uganda Nora and Shanell facilitated a basic abuse and healing conference using the principles of Mending The Soul. They were so encouraged as 75 women from the village and API attended the conference. Most of them walked a distance to attend but they were hungry for healing. […]

Apr 13

Africa 2014 Update 7

Christopher, Nicole and I leave this morning, Palm Sunday. And as I meditate today, Palm Sunday, on the costliness of God’s love for us through the gift of His Son, sending Him to be tortured, ridiculed, and disbelieved… to eventually die the cruelest and most humiliating death, all to bring us home to His love. […]

Apr 12

Africa 2014 Update 6

  I’m so thankful to be well enough this spring to go with our MTS training team to Kigali, Rwanda. It’s such a miracle! Pastor Christopher Coffman, Nicole Larson, and myself head out for East Africa tomorrow… we’ll meet up with our MTS team from Uganda and Steve’s team from S. Sudan to pray and […]

Apr 11

Africa 2014 Update 5

  Dear friends, We finished our South Sudan conference today. They couldn’t be any more appreciative for the training and resources we’ve given them. Each day we’ve heard more stories and are amazed that with all the deaths, beatings, war, etc they have suffered from childhood to the present that any of them can function let […]