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

What is an Orphan?

Armenian_orphans_in_Aleppo_collected_from_Arabs_by_Karen_JeppeWhat is the definition of an orphan? I know this sounds pretty straightforward but depending on who you talk to the definition of what an orphan is can vary widely. Most people assume that an orphan is a child that has no parents. But orphan can also define many other situations where the child might have a parent or two; they just aren’t around to care for the child. Both UNICEF and World Vision define an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents. Continue reading

You Are Unique – Just Like Everyone Else

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 8.10.48 PMWe are more alike than anybody wants to admit. We like to think that we’re different and unique, but when it comes right down to it, there are a lot of people who share the same qualities and quirks that we do. We are born into the same humanity, created in the image of God, and we have the same basic needs and desires. Basic survival, comfort, and a need for connection are shared by everyone. Continue reading

“I’d Rather Help Kids in America”

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It doesn’t happen often, but now and then, people have an odd reaction when they hear that I work at an orphanage in Mexico. They say, “I’d rather help kids in America.” This statement brings up so many uncomfortable and unhealthy issues. The snarky side of me really wants to say, “Great, what are you doing for kids in America?” I can almost guarantee they aren’t doing anything for anybody. Continue reading