Who is a Refugee and How Did They Get Here?

Ran across this infographic from World Relief that is really helpful in understanding the process by which a refugee gets to the U.S.  It’s also important to be clear about who, exactly, is a refugee versus, say, an illegal alien or an internally displaced person, or an asylum seeker or a migrant.  Each term has a specific meaning (with an associated legal status).  When engaging in conversations about the current global refugee crisis, it’s important to define the terms since there’s a tremendous amount of mis-information that’s being fueled by the media.  Continue reading

My Friend Viktor

For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking forward to hosting a missionary from Kyrgyzstan on his travels through the U.S.  Each time we’ve had the opportunity to open our home, it’s been an incredible blessing.  The anticipation leading up to these visits excites my heart and is only matched in intensity by the sense of longing I experience afterwards!  So it is with Christian fellowship, foreshadowing the hope we have for the eternal community awaiting us at the end of this present age. Continue reading

A Personal Take on the Refugee Crisis, Part 2

Visiting Clarkston, Georgia was not only an eye opening experience, but a heart opening one as well.  After our morning introduction to Global Frontier Missions and their work training and equipping missionary candidates for cross-cultural ministry, we headed to the local office of World Relief, a non-profit organization which provides humanitarian aid, disaster and emergency relief through assistance programs to victims of poverty, disease, hunger, war, disasters and persecution. Continue reading

Don’t Throw That Old Christmas Tree Away!

Make a lenten cross with it!  We started this as a family tradition a number of years ago and it’s become woven into the fabric of our holiday seasons.  I love the continuity of celebrating Advent and Christmas with our Christmas tree, decorated with years of family ornaments, then using that same tree through the season of lent leading up to Easter as a reminder of the reason that we celebrate. Continue reading

A Personal Take on the Refugee Crisis, Part 1

So what’s this refugee thing really all about?  To find out the answer to that question, a group of us travelled to Clarkston, Georgia to see and hear first hand about this “refugee crisis” from several different perspectives.  The first was from Global Frontier Missions, a missionary training organization tucked away in a nondescript basement of one of the many apartment complexes tightly packed into this community.  After a brief tour of the facility, we sat down and talked about the history and mission of GFM. Continue reading

Email List Building with WordPress, MailMunch and MailChimp

Email-List-Building

Want to know the actual mechanics of building your email list with downloadable content? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This lesson will walk you through exactly how the process can work for you on your website!  A warning is in order though… we’re going to dive deep into the weeds and go over all the details on getting this set up. Continue reading