Your Old Life if Not Coming Back

closedEveryone approaches change differently. Many people cling to the old times and wait for them to return. Some people become obsessed with planning for the future. Some people only live for today. The one thing that’s common to everyone is change is inevitable. People get older, economies shift, jobs are lost, people die. The saying “the only thing constant is change” exists for a reason. So how do we respond to change in a healthy way? Continue reading

Peter Was a Jerk

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When we look at “our” ministry or walk with God, we frequently fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to the “great men of God” that we’ve seen or read about. Today, many people reflexively bow their heads when they speak of Frances Chan or Rick Warren and ask “Why can’t I be like that?” In orphan care, Jorge Muller is the legend that everyone refers back to. He was a Christian evangelist and the director of an orphanage in Bristol, England in the late 1800s. He cared for over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime. Everything written about him shows that he was impressive, Godly, and upright. I can’t relate. I identify with the apostle Peter; he was a slow learner and a profound jerk. My kind of guy. Continue reading

People Are Irritating

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People frequently ask me, “What’s the biggest challenge of running a large orphanage?” It’s not funding, it’s not dealing with childhood trauma, it’s not even dealing with government bureaucracy. My biggest day-to-day challenge is keeping “grown-ups” from killing each other. Think of any group you’re involved in (work, home fellowship, whatever). Now imagine living with those people seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you’re honest, you might want to kill someone also. Continue reading

The Future of Short-Term Missions

pexels-photo-3943882No one knows what short-term mission will look like over the next six months or six years. Predicting the future is always a perilous task, even more so with the world changing at a faster pace each day. The only thing everyone is sure of is the needs addressed by short-term mission teams are increasing around the world at a startling rate. Poverty, hunger, lack of education, and the need for people to experience the Gospel are growing. When short-term missions do come back in any meaningful way, what might they look like? Continue reading