Painted Orange

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Why it’s Better to Give than Receive

Have you ever heard the phrase it is better to give than receive? Yeah, I remember hearing that all the time as a kid, especially around Christmas time. Giving was the message in all those wonderful, sappy Christmas movies and the phrase echoed by the adults around me. My mom would hand me a wrapped […]

From Slave to Liberator: Sonya’s Story – Part 1

I first met Sonya* at the 2014 Girl’s Getaway. She was among a blur of faces that week, girls and women who had been offered a week of rest and relaxation in Puerto Galera far from the blaring music and flashing lights where they spent most of their nights in the bars, dancing for potential customers. […]

How Your Letters Changed Lives.

My life has been soaked in stories lately, they cover me from head to toe, written on my skin and my heart. Almost as if when you can look at me you can see them, see the Lord’s goodness, and his great love. But for those of you who cannot see me, whom I cannot […]

Your “Like” Isn’t Helping

your like isn't helping

I try to keep as well-read as possible. When I was in school for Journalism I had a class and they would regularly quiz us on world events. This was important because as future journalists we had to remain informed. How are we supposed to stay relevant if we don’t have any idea what is […]

My Friend Was Murdered.

  Yesterday, I learned that my friend was murdered. I don’t mean to say it so matter of factly. It is just that the most horrible thing that could have happened to her did, and I don’t really know what to do about it. My day was a confusion of shock and normalcy. After I […]

Trust the Story.

trust the story

The other day all our staff got an email, alerting us all that some of our long term missionaries  in the Middle East were in a life and death situation. As a staff, we dropped everything that we were doing to pray. Huddled in the foyer of our building we began pray passionately for their […]

How Your Expectations Can Change Lives.

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The other day I was listening to NPR’s This American Life broadcast about expectations and the first question they posed was: Do you think your private thoughts in your head could influence how a rat moves through space? Think about it. Do you think the thoughts you have towards a rat could it influence in […]

Why Fear Never Works Out the Way You Plan

The other day I was overcome by fear. You know, the mind racing, hands shaking, stomach rolling kind of fear. It was Tuesday, and Tuesdays are my crazy days. They are jam-packed full of meetings, with my boss, with my apprentices, and with my students. Each meeting reminds me of how much more I have […]

Six Reasons Christians Should Talk About Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to globally celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. I’m assuming that many in America have not heard of this day. I hadn’t either until a group of women from a church I was working with in Uganda went to […]

Why I Hold God to His Promises.

Lately I’ve been shouting God’s promises back at him. Because I need them to be true for me and I need them to be true for others. I need his promise of provision (Philippians 4:19) to be true. When the money doesn’t seem to be coming in for my fundraising goal, I need to believe […]