One of the things that our team gets asked the most is this: “We don’t feel called to adopt. We don’t feel called to be missionaries. But what can we do to make a difference? What can we do to help?”
We understand. With all our hearts, we do. We’ve been there. It’s so easy to look beyond our four walls and feel like the needs of the world are just so vast, so utterly overwhelming. It’s sometimes easier to just pretend that the harshness of this life doesn’t exist.
How can myRead more
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Serving vulnerable people around the world may result in us Americans being placed in a position of power, righteousness, and superiority. None of those adjectives are consistent with serving like Jesus did. Jesus, who was sinless and yet became fully human to experience all of the sin, loss and pain of his people. Jesus, who sat with the tax collectors and prostitutes and Samaritans and thieves and the so-called woman at the well. Jesus, who died for me while yetRead more
Nine months ago, in March, Lynsay and I had just left Uganda when I learned about Mabel. Dr. Craig Sable, who loved her and had cared for her for many years, called Lynsay and asked her to work a miracle: find a U.S. family willing to adopt Mabel, who had lost both of her parents. Without becoming a US Citizen, Mabel would die of a broken heart. In the US, she stood a chance of receiving a hero heart and living, free from heart disease. How could we not rise to that challenge?
Throughout the spring and into the summerRead more
The Bible is replete with commands about caring for the poor, concern for the least of these, and love for vulnerable people. Our ministry, Pure & Faultless, is based on James 1:27 which specifically speaks to caring for two of the most overlooked groups of that time – widows and orphans. As I have journeyed in faith, I have come to understand what caring for people in Jesus’ name might look like in my life.
When I first heard about Mabel in March, my heart leapt for her. I was broken over her situation and drawn toRead more
In February, Pure & Faultless posted the following photo on Facebook:
Shortly after we posted it, a friend raised her objection to the photo: it depicts the somewhat sad looking, scarred face of a child who may, in fact, not feel all that loved by Jesus or anyone else, based on his life circumstances. How could a God who claims to love him leave him in the situation he faces?
I read her text as I raced off to the train, and I had to agree. As I run from my posh office to the cozy train onRead more
It’s hard to admit when you’re wrong, isn’t it? In planning one of our trips to Uganda, I was wrong. I thought that the people we hoped to serve needed a medical/dental clinic. They needed us to bring US doctors and dentists to see them and provide free health care, even if for a day. They needed to be treated for any number of ailments and we were just the people to do so.
Except for that God didn’t bring any doctors to our mission trip team. He didn’t provide a dentist. He didn’t open theRead more
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” We’ve all sung it or heard it sung to us, probably more than once, if we’re over the age of 20. But those words, while often delivered in a taunting, yet sweet melody, are anything but true. For we all know that words do, in fact, hurt – often worse than a punch in the gut. The pain of harsh words spoken in haste, thoughtlessly or even intentionally can linger not only for a moment (like a …Read more
As a child, we are limited in our ability to see beyond where we sit in any given moment. While a child plays in a sandbox, the three by five foot box is his world. Nothing matters other than the sand between her fingers and toes; the water that’s dripping over her knees. An argument could be taking place in the yard ten feet away, but for the child in the sandbox, that fact is meaningless. Yards are mowed; dogs bark; traffic zips by; even a parent calling for the child can go unnoticed. InsteadRead moreRead more
James chapter 1, verse 27 reads, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: caring for widows and orphans in their distress and keeping oneself unstained from the world.” The vision for Pure & Faultless sprang from these pages of God’s word. But it doesn’t end there. The book of James is full of references to living out faith by working for His kingdom here on earth. God commands us to act on what we hear in scripture, and there are thousands of references in scripture …Read more