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A Plastic Community

July 16, 2012

We all have seasons in our lives where we struggle financially.

When you live on support or through donations, a regular paycheck does not appear each week or month.

Whether business, sales, of the missionary life, some months are good and some are difficult.

There are two kinds of people when times are lean in missions (or life for that matter.)

  1. Those which share their struggles and rely on one another.
  2. Those who use the convenience of the credit card to remain isolated and independent in their struggles.

Prior to the rise of credit cards:

  • If you needed a cup of sugar you would walk to a neighbor’s house.
  • When a family was struggling, the church was a great line of support.
  • Even in the Bible, the poor were allowed to glean the edges of a field.

This was an acknowledgment of need.

Hardship: The Great Teacher

February 2, 2012

As an American living abroad, I watch my nation from afar and see many issues facing it. People are concerned about the economy and jobs. Negative politics dominate the headlines. It seems like natural disasters keep rolling through. 

When I began in missions 20 years ago, Americans were known as hopeful and overcoming. This seems to be changing. We now seem to be negative and cynical proclaimers of doom and gloom.

I recently have had a few disappointments which left me feeling as if my hope was deferred. Walking through this journey, I’ve been considering how grace impacts our everyday life, especially in difficulties.

When I see the Biblical authors speaking about grace during trials, it was not something they learned in a classroom or a textbook. It came from facing much more than we have.