OK, so really, you can't visit Hawaii and say you are suffering for Jesus. This has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth that God created. What a joy for John and me to take our girls along while he spoke at a church on Kauai.
|Myself, John Stewart, John Njoroge, and J.T. Bridges|
South Africa! When I first landed in Jo-berg, I asked "Where is Africa?" It looked more like Europe to me than the Africa I was used to. I would describe South Africa as "Africa meets Europe." The cities are much more advanced than the one I have visited in East and West Africa. And Cape Town was just as beautiful as I had heard.
This trip was fascinating and so different. We had the opportunity to travel and speak with some brilliant Christian Apologetic minds, including Dr. John Lennox, Michael Ramsden, and John Njoroge of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. J.T. Bridges just earned his PhD from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
|Charming Dr. Lennox|
|And of course, my brilliant husband!|
We visited several universities and churches. These college students had a hunger for truth that I've never seen.
It was a memorable trip and I can't wait to return!
How do I even begin to describe our recent trip to West Africa? No matter where I go in the world, I am always at home with our brothers and sisters. Even in seemingly dangerous places.
This time I had the enormous privilege of teaching biblical conflict resolution to a group of leaders at a Bible school where John taught a class on Apologetics. How does one teach peacemaking to a people who know religious persecution in a way that I have never experienced? Although I don't have all the answers, I do know One who has the answers. And I do have the best Book to guide me in all things. And that is what I shared.
I will never forget one of the students in my class, a former Muslim who became a Christian. Toward the end of the week and end of my teaching, he stood up and publicly confessed he had been harboring anger and hatred towards Muslims ever since his conversion. However, after learning biblical principles for peacemaking and conflict resolution, he realized he needed to forgive and love. He had a new found desire to reach out to the Muslims in love.
Another person confessed feeling bitterness and fear towards some Muslims who had burned down his house. After learning a Higher way of thinking (seeing conflict as an opportunity to glorify God, grow more like Christ, and serve others), he reached out in forgiveness to these folks.
Christ's example. Christ's love. Christ's forgiveness. Christ's sacrifice.
These precious ones are my heroes.