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Whose Lives Matter?

Whose Lives Matter?

  Whose Lives Matter? The world is aching, divided, chaotic. A global pandemic and economic crisis have taken a backseat to discussions of systems, power, and injustice. Prejudices are being dissected on TV, social media, board rooms and living rooms. The...
A Prayer for Justice and Healing

A Prayer for Justice and Healing

  Oh, Lord, we’ve made a mess of things. You created a beautiful world and filled it with children you love, children you designed with variety, intentionality, and purpose, children deserving of a voice, of dignity, of value. But we’ve constructed systems of...
The Grace God Extends to You

The Grace God Extends to You

Over the years, The Boaz Project’s short-term teams have been blessed to work with fabulous interpreters. In Russia, where the language barrier would be the greatest without them, they are an integral part of our Vacation Bible Schools.  Their command of English is...
What to Pray Right Now

What to Pray Right Now

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ve felt at a loss for what to say in prayer during this Covid-19 pandemic. Oh, I have plenty of requests: keep my family healthy, provide a cure, halt the job losses, provide for our children’s homes, bless our supporters…I...
Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know… Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Some days, the invitation to be still in God’s presence feels comfortable and refreshing, like an empty chair on a gorgeous...
You Mean Jonah Ate the Fish!

You Mean Jonah Ate the Fish!

Not long ago, Jenna, the daughter of some of our house parents in India, was in Sunday School. The teacher told the children that Jonah was eaten by a fish. “No,” Jenna attempted to correct, “Jonah ate the fish!” The teacher turned to Jenna and patiently explained....
I Have Hidden Your Word in My Heart

I Have Hidden Your Word in My Heart

“I Have Hidden Your Word in my Heart…” For me, short-term mission trips have always included being flooded with newness—new sights, new sounds, new tastes, new knowledge about God, others and myself. This newness can make it all so exciting—or devastating—that...
Won’t You Celebrate?

Won’t You Celebrate?

Happy Epiphany! You’ve seen the Sunday School nativities, where three children wrapped in satin sheets walk down the center aisle of the sanctuary to greet baby doll Jesus. You’ve undoubtedly sung songs about the star appearing over Bethlehem. And you’ve received (if...
Your Christmas Preparations

Your Christmas Preparations

It was perhaps the craziest thing I’d encountered yet. Our life in Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union was full of daily confusing experiences. We didn’t understand the fascination with having every document stamped by governing authorities, the system...