The Rewards Of A Teacher

By Mark Redka Rewards are nice, aren’t they?  It feels great when people enjoy a meal you’ve cooked or someone tells you that we look nice.  It’s rewarding when people notice that you’ve lost weight after you’ve been diligent on a diet (not that I know from personal experience).  I love to look out the window at the lawn I have just mowed or to admire a newly waxed vehicle. That’s instant gratification. Yet not all rewards are so instant or obvious.   Our motive as teachers shouldn’t be rewards.  It should be our ...

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A Life Changing Understanding of Support Raising

by Jordan Smith When I first realized that God was calling me on a journey to minister overseas, my first thought was, “Oh, no, I’m going to have to raise financial support.”  At that moment I had some very mixed feelings.  Let’s just say I wasn’t the most excited about it.  I saw my ministry overseas as the goal and support raising as the obstacle to trudge through in order to do the ministry I really felt called to do overseas.  Today, however, after living on financial support for about 4 years, I think about it much differently.&...

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A SERVANT’S HEART

Work is over and you’re headed home, but first there are special errands to run. When your done and get home, you marvel once again at the all-too-common coldness of our fellow humans. Doesn’t anyone smile anymore? Doesn’t anyone apologize for making a person wait or for giving bad service? The boss of a moving company has a philosophy we wish every person who serves us would emulate. Knowing what a traumatic experience moving can be, packing up and starting a new life in a new place, he takes a point of letting his clients know he understands and care ...

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AN INVISIBLE WORK–WAIT ON THE LORD

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews  11:1 Trees have specific seasons for dormancy- a time when the tree appears to be inactive and not growing.  This season of rest comes immediately prior to a season of rapid and accelerated growth. During dormancy, the cells and tissues within the tree are being repaired and built up. This activity is invisible to the eye. The tree is quietly preparing for the spring. Dormancy is one of the most important periods in the life cycle of the tree. It is how a tree ...

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His Hands and Feet: Guatemala Mission Trip Update

Jacquelyn Davis, National Intern Coordinator This year our team had the great opportunity to serve in Jalapa, Guatemala with Little Lambs International. While we were there we got to go into the villages and pray with families, share our testimonies at a local church, love on the orphans at Little Lambs and run a 3-day VBS for the those in the area.  The theme I saw this year was God’s great love and grace; that our God would allow us to be His hands and His feet is simply beautiful and overwhelming. This team was so diverse in so many ways and yet, ...

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