Coming together as a Christian community is important, especially when people come from different cultures and backgrounds.
In John 13:34 we are directly commanded by Jesus to love others as He has loved us. This isn’t a love that looks at a problem and offers up a single prayer but takes no action or a love that only cares for those like us. This love is selfless, humble, and inclusive of everyone—no matter their culture, upbringing, language, or economic status. This love puts the needs of others above our own. It is action-oriented, outward-focused, open to all.
We all have an ideal picture of what our life will look like. When we’ll get married, how many (if any) kids we’ll have, how many dogs we'll have, where we’ll live, what kind of work we’ll do, etc.
Until the unexpected happens. In that moment, our image of what we had hoped for our life crumbles.
When an unexpected tragedy struck the Hahn family, it seemed like nothing good could come from it. But God brought the Hahn family through their darkest moments and showed them how they could create joy out of their sadness...
The first time someone told me I should consider planning my legacy giving in a will, I laughed it off.
“We’re not old enough for that!” I thought, “Planned giving is for retirees! Wills are for people with real money! My husband and I are barely adulting over here.”
However, the thought wouldn’t leave my mind, so I did some research to learn the basics of planned giving. Turns out, wills and estate planning are for anyone who wants certain things to be carried out after their death (yes, that seems obvious now that you say it, but hey—I was in denial about turning 30, much less planning for a financial future I could only just see). More importantly, a will also ensures that the money God has given us to manage continues to support people and organizations we’ve prayed about and that are within our sphere of influence. That influence can continue after we’ve gone through planned giving...
In rural Indonesia we began with the goal of bringing clean water to villages. Since then, clean water has changed the lives of countless individuals. More children are attending school, communities can grow their own food, and access to clean toilets has improved sanitation and health.
Now there is an opportunity to specifically bless another group—women.
Rose wanted to do something about the health crisis in Nigeria. But she didn’t have the proper medical training or the ability to go back to school. She didn't know how she could make a difference,
But God had placed a desire in Rose’s heart to be bold.
When Rose looked around her she saw people suffering from malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. In Nigeria preventable diseases and illnesses are the leading causes of death—average life expectancy is just 50 years old. A lack of available medical care and prevention contribute to this...