Donkey, Baking Soda and the Heat

Some things just CANNOT be taught in the classroom.  For instance, how to compete for attention with a mother donkey and her newborn coming to graze next to me while I teach.  I took classroom management in college.  It taught me many things including how to set up a classroom, how to keep a child’s attention, and how to eliminate distractions, but how to deal with a donkey was not in the curriculum!   Thankfully, I observed this particular situation while a veteran missionary wife was teaching.  Now I’ll know what to do if I ever find myself in the same […]

My Favorite Team

We were probably the shortest players there;  our little no-name school  had not been to the playoffs in years.  We had some great players, but we had not gotten to this point solely based on our abilities.  What really made our team strong was our unity, because our coach had built team spirit both on and off the court.  After hours of building our team, there was nothing like the sense of camaraderie and excitement that carried us to the playoffs.  We were a part of something BIG! As a child of God, and more specifically as a missionary wife, […]

Hope

After much talk about trials and struggling, we know faith is a choice and not a feeling and the peace of God can carry us through great trials. The thing I struggle with is my idea of a Happy Ending.  I really desire everything to “work together for good”. I want a happy ending. But when you are thrown into suffering or trials our enemy’s goal is to get you to lose hope. So what is our hope in the midst of these dark days? We live in a fallen, sin-cursed world. Maybe there isn’t any hope in this life? […]

Faith vs. Feelings

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:1-5‬ ‭ This portion of scripture has been my life line this past year. We […]

Preparing to be His Wife

With only three months of marriage experience, I realize that I know next to nothing about marriage.  Either way, I would highly recommend it to everybody because it is quite literally the best thing in the world. In the past three months, however, I have realized that there have been things God put in my path before I was married that have tremendously helped me in these three short months. 1.  Relationship with God The first thing I am grateful for is that I developed a close walk with the Lord while I was single. When I was a teenager, […]

Helping Him Carry the Load

I’d like to share something practical and simple which I hope will apply to many of you. I want to talk about how we can help our husbands carry the load, whatever that load is—starting a church, traveling on deputation, managing the pressure of a secular job, or serving in various ministries in your local church. We have a very specific design, and we are created to be helpers in all of our husbands’ endeavours. Ephesians 5:22 and Genesis 2:18 show us that this has been God’s plan from the beginning. To resist this carries the same logic as trying […]

From Struggling in Secret to Standing in Awe of the Work of God

I posted the following on my personal Facebook page a few days ago following the evening service at our month old church plant. I was hesitant to share this extremely personal account of the struggles I’ve had learning language and adjusting to culture with two little ones in tow. Within hours of posting, I received some of the sweetest, most encouraging responses. I would like to share this post here at Women Behind the Scenes with you as well as some of the feedback I received below. My heart in a post I chase my children around and attempt to keep […]

What Is “Deputation?”

When you say the word deputation the average person has no idea what you are talking about. If you ask a church member they may tell you it’s when a missionary travels town to town and state to state trying to raise support for the field to which they are called. If you ask the Missionary, he will tell you that it’s a time to share his burden and the need for the Gospel to be preached in the specific country he is going to and around the world. But if you ask his wife what deputation is, she will […]

Home is Where …..?

Over a 11 years ago my family and I packed up all of our belongings and began our journey to the beautiful country of Bolivia. Fast forward 4 years, and we were back on the same plane going home. I was thinking, “Is it still home, the USA, or…what do I call it?” The Conflict Now things were different: I spoke another language, had new friends who had become like family, and all of our belongings were in Bolivia (except for the clothes in our suitcases). I did all my shopping in an outdoor market, and Walmart and Target seemed […]