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An ongoing series of blogs written by New Name volunteers and survivors. 

March 2016: A God Both Big and Small

March 1, 2016

Several days ago, as I was taking my dog for our morning walk, I looked up in the sky and behold, I saw what perhaps was the most beautiful cloud formation I had ever seen. 

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April 2016: Joining Jesus On Bended Knee

April 1, 2016

When I think of prayer, I always think first of Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

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May 2016: When Spiritual Warfare Stops You

May 1, 2016

Ever feel like every time you seek to step out in faith that the enemy swoops in to halt your efforts? Spiritual warfare is real. 

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One Small Voice: Happy To Be An Amateur

June 2016

I was recently asked what came to mind when I heard the word amateur. Our society tends to think of an amateur as someone who is unknowledgeable or unskilled. Someone who is not quite at the level of a professional or an expert. 

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The Prostituted Asian Massage Parlors: Don’t look, don’t listen, don’t tell.

June 2016

She’s just a girl.  Not too different from you and I.

Or your daughter, or your mother, or your sister, or your niece, or your granddaughter.

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June 2016: Praying for the Complete Work of God

June 1, 2016

This morning I watched in horror as one of my kids accidentally sent a priceless vase crashing to the floor. I say “priceless” because the vase represented to me one of the only joyful, lighthearted moments I had for five very long years.

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July 2016: When God Uses Brokenness 

to Radiate His Splendor

July 1, 2016

Over the past few months I’ve journeyed with a woman we met in a bar. She is dying. She knows Jesus. 

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August 2016: Listening First in an Upside-Down Kingdom

August 1, 2016

Mother Teresa once said that she “did mathematics differently” than most people. Instead of worrying about ministering to a large number of Indian Hindus, she and her colleagues looked at each individual separately.  

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September 2016: When we can see past evil

September 1, 2016

G.K. Chesterton once said, "A man knocking on the door of a brothel is looking for God."

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October 2016: When it seems as though 

God is up to nothing

October 1, 2016

I was up again last night at 3 a.m. I’ve heard that, for many, this is an hour of quiet time with God.

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Do you want to get well? 

November 2016

I could tell the voice on the other end of the line belonged to someone who was tender, broken, and fragile. She was soft spoken, respectful, and incredibly articulate. She shared a bit of her story and my heart wept for her.

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November 2016: Seeing Salvation in the Shadows

November 1, 2016

I know that Advent is still weeks away, but I can’t help but start to think about it with expectation. This year, my focus is a little different.

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Give As You Have Been Given

December 1, 2016

It’s been almost a year and a half now since I began going on outreach to Asian massage parlors ...

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December 2016: What does it mean to love everyone always?

December 1, 2016

Several years ago, I took some homemade cookies over to my neighbor’s house. They were Muslim, and if you know much about Middle Eastern cultures, you might know the people are hospitable—often spending hours upon hours together in fellowship.

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January 2017: When a New Year is Really a New Beginning

January 1, 2017

2017 is upon us. As I get older, the years go quicker. Each year, I let out an audible sigh as I consider how I had wanted to tell others about Jesus more and how I had wanted to love them better.

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February 2017: When Woundedness Leads to Life

February 1, 2017

Caring for people is sometimes really hard. Helping them move to a place where they can hear and receive love, let alone receive the good news of the gospel, can often take months, years, decades.

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March 2017:  Like Gold, Like Water, Like Food for the World

March 1, 2017

There are many passages in scripture which remind us that God is with us in whatever may come our way. Isaiah 43:2 is a great one: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you ...

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Visiting Brothels in India

March 21, 2017

Journal Entry August 4, 2016

At 1:00am this morning I finally landed in Mumbai. And so the journey begins.

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April 2017: We Can No Longer Carry the Baggage

April 1, 2017

Last week I was watching an older episode of Veggie Tales in which Junior Asparagus, as usual, says something incredibly simple, yet profound: “If you’re special to Him, then you’re special to me, too.”

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May 2017: When Lament is Needed, and Good

May 1, 2017

Lament: a passionate expression of grief of sorrow.


Not one of us willfully walks into places of lament ...

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June 2017:  He Makes Beauty for Ashes

June 1, 2017

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

Next month marks the anniversary of the death of a sweet, courageous, and strong gal we met during outreach. Trisha’s life left a mark on me that will last my lifetime. 

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August 2017:  Holding God's Word in Our Hearts

August 1, 2017

Likely you are very familiar with First Peter 3:15. It tells us to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us. 

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The Lost Girls Of Mombasa

August 1, 2017

All of my senses became alert, suddenly.  I sat upright, peered in wonder, the type of wonder that makes you feel sick to your stomach. A sharp intake of breath, like you’ve been punched in the gut.

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Weren't You Afraid to Travel to Africa? 

September 7, 2017

I took a trip to East Africa this summer.  It wasn't all that surprising, I guess, for those that know me. Last year I went to India and China, and you can often find me exploring big cities in America's sea to shining sea, and taste-testing every ethnic restaurant ...

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September 2017: When We Need to See the Insignificant

September 1, 2017

Over the course of the past few months, my 3-year-old has continued to remind me of an injured ant we stumbled upon in late Spring. “Remember that ant that was hurt, mommy?” “Remember how it was walking funny?”  ...

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Oct 2017: When ‘Winning the Lottery’ Isn’t What We Think It Is

October 1, 2017

I just celebrated another birthday. With so much brokenness in the world, I am increasingly feeling as though I won the lottery.

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