“Surely he had picked the wrong person,” I thought to myself. The year was 1999 and I had been chosen the month prior to lead a team of desktop computer support professionals at Safeco Insurance. As a 29-year-old first-time manager, I felt overwhelmed by my responsibilities and the needs of those under my leadership. I
The Church of the Lutheran Brethren and International Mission have called Jeremy and Sallee Stanton, along with their daughters, Olivia and Abigail, as our newest missionaries to our Chad field. The Stanton family has accepted this call and are now on staff with LBIM as of June 1. The Stantons lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, and
The B. family is pressing on in their “call” and passion to bring the gospel to the unreached people of Chad. Danny and Mandy have sensed this call and pursued this vocation for years. In the summer of 2013, they left home and traveled to France with their three boys (Zeke, Theo and Jonah) to
BRENT ANDREWS Brent’s background includes work as a public school librarian, a middle school teacher, and a specialist in technology. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Library Science. He is married to Kari. Brent and Kari serve as foster parents. His daughter, Micaela, is a college junior.
One night we were settling down to sleep, enjoying the night breeze which offered relief from the long hot day, when Carrie and I heard the familiar greeting “Salam alekoum” right outside of our door. Two women had come to speak with us, robed in black, their head veils pulled down low over their faces.
The old man was speaking Nynorsk. As a relative translated for us, this Norwegian Christian man described something that had happened decades ago in his small village. He told of a former prest (pastor) of the local congregation, a man for whom he had great respect. This prest felt a growing concern about the issue
In 1975 a struggling young screenwriter named Sylvester Stallone bought a ticket to a theater in Los Angeles. That evening the theater was broadcasting a boxing match between the Bayonne Brawler, Chuck Wepner, and The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. To coin an overused, and often abused, sports analogy… It was David vs. Goliath. Muhammad Ali was
It was warm without being too warm in lower Manhattan on Columbus Day, 2011. I was in the city for a two-day meeting at 7 Hanover Street, not far from Wall Street’s bronze Charging Bull and Zuccotti Park. The DoubleTree hotel, my temporary quarters, was an easy walk just to the east. Zuccotti Park was
My grandmother was passionate about her faith. She loved God and what he had done for her through Jesus Christ. But she could also be a very stern woman. Her piety led her to a strict obedience to the Word of God. When my father would skip church or cut out on Sunday afternoons to
CHINA: A large “Welcome” sign greeted delegates and visitors as they assembled in the basement of a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, December 13, 1900. The primary topic of this conference was a vital issue for those in attendance: should the congregations present organize a church body called the Church of the Lutheran Brethren?
The Church faces opposition. It is natural for us to focus our attention on outside forces aligned against the Church. For example, Christians experience opposition from human authorities, from their own families, and from death. But there is also another source of opposition. The story of the rich young ruler exposes the opposition we all
“Mom, Dad, come quick. Joel’s been hit by a car!” We rushed down the street and found five-year-old Joel standing by his bike unhurt, with a policeman by his side. Streets in Japan are rather narrow and accidents are frequent so we were very thankful to God for Joel’s protection. Our co-worker, Kazuko, was with