Loving Jerks and Meeting Serge

Loving Jerks and Meeting Serge

I remember one of the first times I came into contact with Serge (then World Harvest Mission). It was on one of those early summer Saturday mornings. I had given up precious free time to hang out in a church cafeteria and listen to people I barely knew—but had heard good things about. Specifically, I’d […]

By Eileen O'Gorman on February 28, 2017

The Weight of Resources: Three Thoughts Toward Joyful Stewardship

The Weight of Resources: Three Thoughts Toward Joyful Stewardship

A few days ago I had a conversation with my friend Adam* about life with lots of resources. Adam made a good deal of money in a business he started. He lives in a nice house and has nearly every opportunity before him. He was very thankful for what God had given him, but he […]

By Hunter Dockery on February 24, 2017

Joy Overwhelms and Often it Endures: The Fruit of the Spirit in Burundi

Joy Overwhelms and Often it Endures: The Fruit of the Spirit in Burundi

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” –Hebrews 12:2 When Trina discovered she was pregnant for the fifth time, she hardly dared to hope that […]

By Alyssa Pfister on February 21, 2017

Serge Physician Is First-Ever L’Chaim Prize Winner

Serge Physician Is First-Ever L’Chaim Prize Winner

More than 150 miles outside of Burundi’s capital, a growing Serge team is laboring in Kibuye to provide clinical care for patients. They are also training medical students to be among the next generation of health providers in Central Africa. The team offers a level of specialty care never previously available in this region of […]

By Serge on February 13, 2017

Love: Is it Just a Second-Hand Emotion?

Love: Is it Just a Second-Hand Emotion?

In America, just after Christmas concludes, holiday sale merchandise is moved out to make room for heart-shaped gifts making proclamations of love. Stuffed bears hold hearts emblazoned with the words “I love you.” Flowers and candy fill check-out counter racks to celebrate love. And, of course, school children get in on the activity by giving […]

By Eileen O'Gorman on February 13, 2017

Who You Love When You Leave to Go into Mission Work

Who You Love When You Leave to Go into Mission Work

As an American formed with Western cultural values, I am familiar with the tendency to prize my autonomy and self-fulfillment. I instinctively think, “I should be able to do whatever I want to make myself happy as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.” Our churches struggle with these cultural tendencies as well. So when […]

By Matt Allison on February 13, 2017

Time to Opt out of the Mainstream? How Jesus Calls Us to Lose

Time to Opt out of the Mainstream? How Jesus Calls Us to Lose

Let’s talk about the mainstream – you know, mainstream culture. Things that “most people” like, stuff that almost everybody agrees is cool or desirable or good. The stuff that wins the cultural rat-race of the West.   If we were talking in person and I said the word “mainstream,” I’m willing to bet that my […]

By Constance Smith on February 07, 2017