Advent: A Week-By-Week Guide to Re-Orienting Our Craving

Advent: A Week-By-Week Guide to Re-Orienting Our Craving

This is a season of craving. Whether it is the delicious treats that Grandma makes or the latest, must-have tech gadget that we asked for. This is also the season of Advent, a season Christians have historically used as a time to examine our craving.    “He gave them what they asked, but sent leanness into […]

By Chris Schutte on November 30, 2016

Help Raise the Roof for the Heart of Christ School in Uganda

Help Raise the Roof for the Heart of Christ School in Uganda

More than 17 yeas ago, Christ School began in a remote area of western Uganda with 25 students. The school began in the midst of war, unrest, and adversity. It began with  a vision for shaping future leaders equipped with a heart for God and His Kingdom. As we near the 20-year mark, this mission […]

By Sarah Crane on November 25, 2016

Treasures, Hearts, and Battle-lines

Treasures, Hearts, and Battle-lines

Almost 18 years ago we were part of the team that founded Christ School Bundibugyo in the wake of war, displacement, poverty, isolation, and abysmal educational measures on the Uganda/Congo border.   Our firstborn son was not even in kindergarten, but we sponsored a young teen in that inaugural secondary school class, an orphaned boy […]

By Jennifer Myhre on November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving: A Way to Defy the Darkness

Thanksgiving: A Way to Defy the Darkness

As an American expat married to an Englishman, I’ll be honest, I usually forget Thanksgiving. I accidentally scheduled my wedding for Thanksgiving weekend (it only occurred to me after I’d asked everybody when they were free to travel and scheduled accordingly). I pretended afterward that I did it on purpose, but . . . really […]

By Constance Smith on November 24, 2016

A Thanksgiving Table in the Wilderness

A Thanksgiving Table in the Wilderness

I started this year’s American Thanksgiving week with a journey from Dublin to St. Louis, where I live. I was in Ireland to visit Serge staff and attend a conference they were putting on for Irish church leaders called Come to the Table.   The day before my flight back to the U.S. I started […]

By Eileen O'Gorman on November 23, 2016

3 Reasons #GivingTuesday is a Better Deal than Black Friday

3 Reasons #GivingTuesday is a Better Deal than Black Friday

These are three reasons from a fellow deal-hunter that make me think #GivingTuesday is a much the better deal than Black Friday, “the biggest shopping day of the year,” or its online counterpart: #CyberMonday. 1. The deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are simply not all they are hyped up to be. Business Insider […]

By R.J. March on November 22, 2016

What We Need Most: An Update from the Serge Hospital Team in Kenya

What We Need Most: An Update from the Serge Hospital Team in Kenya

A friend visiting Kijabe, Kenya, for the first time recently asked me, “What do you need?”  I know what he meant – do I need a day off, or a new devotional study? I thought for a long while and realized that what I need most is not anything for me, it is for my […]

By David Shirk on November 16, 2016

One Woman Gets Realistic About the Refugee Crisis

One Woman Gets Realistic About the Refugee Crisis

Sometimes, when the work ahead will be tough, God seems to issue an unusually strong call. In the late spring of 2015, a well-grounded working mother in Prague tells her surprised husband that she feels led to leave the better of her two jobs. She has nothing lined up. She’s prayed for more understanding. She […]

By Joel Hylton on November 11, 2016

Ingenuity, Wood, and Light Bulbs are Helping Preemies Survive

Ingenuity, Wood, and Light Bulbs are Helping Preemies Survive

When Dr. Alyssa Pfister, a Serge missionary and pediatric physician, first arrived in rural Burundi with Serge’s team of medical professionals in 2013, the state of affairs for neonatal care was bleak. She discovered preemies kept in cardboard boxes covered in layers of wet blankets. Not expected to live for long, premature infants went uncounted […]

By Andrew Shaughnessy on November 10, 2016

The Foundation for Forgiveness: Being Forgiven

The Foundation for Forgiveness: Being Forgiven

Have you ever wondered about these words Jesus teaches us to pray: “Forgive us our debts, as we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us”? If you pray this prayer, inevitably it will lead you to ask yourself if there is someone you have not forgiven. Or perhaps you might think, “I don’t always forgive. Does that […]

By Ruth Ann Batstone on November 07, 2016