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Jul

17

Guatemala 2016 | Compelled By Love

A nightclub in Orlando. An airport in Istanbul. A bakery in Dhaka. A crowded street in Baghdad. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. And now today I have to add a peaceful protest in Dallas. Sadly, by the time that this is posted there will likely be more names and more places. Lives ending, families shattering, communities […]

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Jul

15

Guatemala 2016 | Finding Light in the Darkness

This past week I have been blessed with beautiful weather in Northeast Indiana and have been able to get in a lot of morning runs. Running as the sun comes up casts many shadows across the road and at one point my own shadow startled me! This incident got me thinking about light and darkness […]

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Jul

13

Guatemala 2016 | Always Beginners

In January 2011 I traveled to Guatemala with Spring Arbor University as an undergraduate. At that time we explored many of the same areas Cohort 19 will be exploring in a few short weeks. As I consider our upcoming journey I am very eager to re-encounter the beautiful country I fell in love with five […]

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Jul

11

Guatemala 2016 | Paradox

I am in a season of processing paradox. For a girl who has seen the world in terms of black and white for as far back as my memory goes, this is proving to be incredibly hard, while at the same time, incredibly transformative. For example: Much of my days are spent “looking for light” […]

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Jul

09

Guatemala 2016 | On Pilgrimage

In about two weeks I’ll be venturing out on a pilgrimage to Guatemala. Actually the pilgrimage has already begun, or at least the preparations are well underway. Airline tickets have been purchased, passport dusted off, packing list consulted, inoculations received. And I’ve been doing some reading. Lots of reading. You should see the stack of […]

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Jul

06

Guatemala 2016 | Preparing My Heart for Guatemala

As I prepare to head to Guatemala in three weeks, I keep wondering if I have read enough, studied enough, and prayed enough. I keep looking for a common thread in my reading as are many others in my cohort. One fellow classmate says that courage is reoccurring in her reading. I think I have […]

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May

13

MSFL Easter Mercies | Pentecost Is For Everyone

By Seth Currier (Cohort 6) — “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place”, probably celebrating Shavouth which was a Jewish celebration of God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses. The disciples had experienced some pretty amazing things. They had witnessed the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We find […]

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May

06

MSFL Easter Mercies | Ascension Day

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl In that space… breathe deep! As you find yourself waiting between stimulus and response, between Ascension and Pentecost… May these words echo throughout your day and […]

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Apr

29

MSFL Easter Mercies | Boundary Transgression and Practicing Resurrection

By Dr. Eric Magnusson — “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 13:35 “The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.” Acts 11:12 “See, the home of […]

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Apr

22

MSFL Easter Mercies | Post-Resurrection Crucifixion

By Suzy McCall (Cohort 2) — “Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ and he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.  Truly, truly I say to you, when you were young, you used […]

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