Category Archives: Missions

The questions I want to ask you… (Book: In the Land of the Blue Burqas)

My preferred reading genre is autobiographical faith-journeys… I don’t really like to hear WHAT you believe out of context, but I love to hear how you got to your beliefs.

I also kinda stink at casual conversation, since I am really hoping to discuss something meaningful… but getting there is sometimes awkward, and often doesn’t happen.

I have been reading In the Land of the Blue Burqas, an amazing model by a Christian living in Afghanistan of living out her faith in Jesus, while at the same time asking meaningful questions of her neighbors.

Her chapter titles reveal the questions she is resolving in her book:

  • Whose example do we follow?
  • Who is God?
  • How do we respond to evil done to us?
  • Who can judge?
  • Who protects us from temptation?
  • How do we learn to live our faith?
  • How should we pray?
  • How should we fast?
  • How do we live with open hands?

I have been intrigued to see how carefully she resolves these questions Biblically, so that her example is informed by her teacher, Jesus Christ.

Her respectful examination of the Afghani worldview has been a great lesson.

Here is my most challenging, but favorite section so far:

The kingdom of God is like a farmer who plants seeds. He sleeps and wakes, and the seeds grow. He doesn’t know how they grow; he only knows they do. My confidence is in this: If the seed I planted was a good seed and the soil that received it was ready, the seed grew and that gentle lady found peace.

Sometimes we imagine that all this is good in God as revealed in Christ only belongs to those who’ve adopted a complete framework of theological beliefs. We imagine that until a person understands and confesses belief that Jesus is God, that He died on the cross for our sins and rose the third day, the teachings and blessings of God remain inaccessible. We sometimes make the mistake of viewing ourselves and others as either in or out, as either wearing our team’s jersey or not wearing it.

How much better to remember that we are all on a journey. Each time we see or hear or in some way grasp a teaching or revelation of Christ, we are drawn out of an area of darkness within our lives into His light and truth, into His beautiful kingdom. He invites us to walk with Him, to learn from Him, and to find in Him the healing, love, joy, and peace that our souls desperately need.

Sometimes, this is a real confusion for me. I am confused about what hope I can offer someone who does not believe in Jesus as Lord.

This passage, and the examples given, are refreshing. Because I know the design of the Kingdom of God is best no matter what. Being generous, humble, kind, forgiving, faithful to your spouse all lead to a more peaceful life on earth.

I am very thankful for this book!

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Sisters

Sisters are something I’ve thought about a lot… Especially for someone without sisters.

I see a loyalty & connectedness in sisters that friends can’t duplicate but only imitate.

Think about it.
You maybe the “best friend forever”…bur who’s the maid-of-honor”?

Enough said.

Read about what’s being done to keep 4 sisters together in Cazale, Haiti.

The one that got away

You may be wondering, as I do several posts in a row about other people’s adoptions, how this all relates to me:

1. The obvious: Darin, my precious present, God brought us by adoption.

2. The memory: Jean-Roni, the one that got away.
Last summer in Haiti, Karen, Amanda, & I took care of Jean-Roni. He was a tiny, malnourished baby boy who came into the Real Hope for Haiti clinic while we were visiting.
We cared for him day & night for the majority of our trip.
We were told that he would not live at the size, age, and progression of his malnourishment.
And so don’t get attached.

That didn’t work.

So we dreamed & calculated how to bring him home with us.

But when we left, he stayed.
And 35 days later, while my arms still ached for him, Jean-Roni died.

We must fight everyday to save AS MANY CHILDREN AS WE CAN.
Our humanity requires this.

Cazale, Haiti: Jean-Roni

I woke up this morning to a text message from Karen telling me that Jean-Roni passed away yesterday.

1 month ago, I spend 4 days 24-7 with Jean-Roni.
And now he’s dead.

I can’t grasp it.

Karen & I have daydreamed of an older Jean-Roni coming to stay with us.
I’ve wondered about his little face – what would it look like when kwashiorkor was not turning him ‘white’ like me?
And I agonized over turning him over to the busy Rescue Center with 60+ kids & no A/C. The workers gave me a funny look when I tried to read the ‘instructiona’ I had translated on google, explaining that Jean-Roni liked to have the little Walmart lantern turned on when he cried at night.

I miss him – I already have for 35 days.
I mourn the hope for a part in his future.

But I also TRUST in my Sovereign God, that He loved Jean-Roni before me & He has rescued him! Everyday from here on out is kwashiorkor-free.

Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center: Kids in need of adoption

While the Rescue Center usually takes on children whose family members brought them into the clinic, and takes care of the 3-9 months just to address the malnutrition, there are around 6 kids who do not have family to return to.
These kids will either go to an orphanage, be placed for private adoption and/or stay at the Rescue Center for a really long time. (more on agencies here…)
If you think God might be leading you to adopt a child, consider these:

Denny: super-smart kid, hydrocephalus with a shunt… he has been at the Rescue Center about 3 years.
Jenny: very alert & smiley girl, abandoned at the clinic, Cerebral Palsy mostly affecting her legs (read more…)

Cazale, Haiti: Photo album

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Cazale, Haiti: Day 8

Heading to the airport in 1 hr.
We just spent the morning at the Rescue Center. It was really hard to pass
Jean-Roni off to them after spending 4 days 24-7 together. I used
google-translate to write a letter to his grandmother, who brought him here.
I really hope that they give it to her.