Blog Archives: July 2013

Kwanza Sunday

July 07, 2013
Jim Wood
My rudimentary Kiswahili ears grasp her first words, “Listen for a Psalm of Thanksgiving,” as the young nursing student begins her reading. Proud of my slowly expanding vocabulary, I listen intently as she continues … then it happens – to me! In more than twenty years of preaching I’ve seen it happen many many times to countless others but never before to me – I blank out – that labotomized stare of attentive inattentiveness that any preacher can spot forty pews deep. I lose it, no recollection of which psalm it is, how long the reading ...

Spirit Led Lives

July 04, 2013
Laurie Talty, M.D.
The day began with bright African sunshine. As we waited in the courtyard of the Joy Village, Momma Lucy appeared with all nine of her children, five of whom are under the age of four. They were all beautifully dressed and early for the ten minute walk to the children's service at their church. We walked with them, some held while others went hand in hand. As the large church filled, the music began, beautiful songs of praise lifted up by several hundred African children in unison. It appeared as if they knew all the word s by heart. There ...

God Can Find Us

July 03, 2013
Susan LaSante
As I sat in church on Sunday with the same two children as last year tucked under my arms ,my spirit soared. The church was packed. It almost felt like a 9 passenger matatu with 21 people in it. As I worshipped my thoughts went to the Anajali church in Kibera where they too were worshipping and praising God with their Kenyan exuberance. There was a touch of sadness. I will not see my friends from Anajali on this trip. Do you know those Sundays when the pastor is preaching and you feel like he is speaking directly to your heart and you had ...

Continuing the Movement

July 02, 2013
Bryan Smith
Jesus began a movement that changed the course of human history by issuing this simple directive to a rag-tag bunch of folks: "Follow me! " And after they had followed him for a while, watching him, listening to him, and learning from him, Jesus told this same group, "Go! I am sending you out." And Luke tells us, "they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere" (9:6). There is this simple rhythm inherent in being a disciple of Christ. First, he calls us to him, inviting us into fellowship ...

Time Takes Days for Living

July 01, 2013
Sheryl Wood
Much to my delight I heard that the premies nursery had been added on at Nazareth hospital.  After changing my street shoes into clean clogs and putting on a blue gown I entered the room.  It was beautiful and filled with little sounds of life.  The head nurse walked toward me and asked if I would like to hold a baby.  My motherly instincts began and I extended my arms.  I had never held such a tiny person in my life.  I sat down in a chair and just stared at him. Little face, little nose, little ears, big soul. I began to pray as I stared ...

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