September 11, 2011 is a day that has come to represent loss for many in the United States. For me, September 19, 1980 is forever etched in my mind as the day that defines loss—the moment in time when my daughter Amanda Rae Asche was born and then died. Indescribable joy and cruel pain all
She was a constant at the edges of my life. I only saw her a handful of times, yet just hearing her name—“Aunt Esther”—without exception brought me into listening range. She had just come home to stay in the States, after two assignments of three or four years each, in Lere, Chad, Africa. It was
“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
Desera and her husband Bryan will be renewing their wedding vows on their fifth anniversary, the day before Easter. Pretty special, right? More remarkable is the journey God has taken them on during those years. Here’s Desera’s story. “I never had a faith. I struggled with addictions most of my life. Back in 2010, when
Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!” Each year, women support Women’s Ministries projects. Here are updates and thanks from the past few months. From Marybeth Nordtvedt (HELP ministry): HELP! It can be a desperate cry or a quiet word or deed of encouragement. We’ve all been on both sides of giving
Mercy is kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation. It is loving-kindness, grace, favor, compassion. Jesus was often moved by compassion and he asks us to be merciful. I have seen the Church extend mercy in many ways. One that has meant the most to me is
As an expressive person, I have struggled with raw emotions and what the Christian does with them. Are we less Christian for having negative and inconvenient emotions such as fear, doubt, hopelessness or despair? Is it acceptable to process emotions such as these before arriving at the peace and hopefulness we are expected to have?
Meiwaku. It’s such an annoying word, but it carries a lot of weight in Japanese culture and everyday relationships. Meiwaku can be used to refer to anything that bothers someone else. Don’t practice the piano late at night because it might bother the neighbors. Don’t park your car on the street because it causes meiwaku to those trying to drive by