The AR Ministry'S BLOG

  •   “In your opinion, what is Africa’s biggest problem?” The question came from a young student in a missions workshop I was teaching in Chicago. I don’t like oversimplifying. I don’t like one word answers, especially to very complex problems. But I blurted it out quickly; “LEADERSHIP”. I clarified and emphasized, “the lack of SERVANT Leadership.” […]

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  • “If there is no element of risk, if there is no element of fear, there would be no need for faith.” -Levi Lusko Imagine seeing Jesus walking on the water, and your heart jumps into your throat. “I have to walk out to him!” What did it feel like as Peter put his foot onto […]

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  • Hi everyone, Thanks for your prayers for our time in Livingstone! We all said it was the BEST mission trip we ever took, and for all those first-timers, they want more. 🙂  Five young people said they would like to do this life-long, some as tent-makers. “When is the next trip? I’m going to serve […]

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  • Since I was 19, I’ve been dreaming of working with orphans in Africa. Never did I imagine doing it alongside a husband and four kids in an urban context, but it is pretty amazing, wild, and way beyond my capabilities!  Right now I am at an internet cafe while Daniel took the kids to Game […]

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  • It’s a great honor to be invited by someone in to his ministry and help him to build a ministry which is healthy and balanced. Elder/Evangelist Ncube from a Shagari in the Province of Midlands, Gweru, Zimbabwe was a believer of the prosperity gospel movement at one time. More recently he approached one of the […]

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  • As we learned the reason why each of Pastor Banda’s kids entered the orphanage, one thing was clear. Poverty and abuse lie at the heart of these fragmented families. If our goal is to unite orphans in families, we have to address poverty. Giving Wisely? by Jonathan Martin really streamlined our giving strategy. Martin biblically […]

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  • As I thought what to write in this last blog post for the year, I decided to write about something I get asked about all the time. You see I get to speak about Africa a lot and I get to challenge people to consider going there with us. I call young adults to consider […]

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  • On a sweltering hot day (115°f/45°c) at Lake Kariba in Zambia, South Central Africa, I was with our volunteer team. They had just finished a year in Swaziland and we were now debriefing, relaxing and preparing to return to our various homes. I was enjoying seeing the dynamics of this team, which I had dropped […]

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  • Sometimes you pray and miracles don’t happen.  Legs don’t straighten.  A little boy still can’t walk. On a daily basis, our family sees poverty.  Kids wandering the streets, jumping on the back of our van, playing with empty pizza boxes and pieces of garbage as they meander through life.  Alone. Sometimes I cry at night, […]

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  • My first time to The Verge Conference was last year. It came at a critical time for me. I was tired and confused. After 3 days of being with this network of crazy Christians, I knew; these are my people and I felt alive! So much of what I was feeling and seeing was explained […]

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