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Rite of passage parenting: Fish story
Jul29

Rite of passage parenting: Fish story

I spent part of the summer living in the Darien Jungle of Panama in a small Embera village called Ipeti. Three young men and I slept outside in hammocks while the women and other men slept inside a hut. We walked from village to village presenting the Gospel. The dust of the road and the sweat on our bodies mingled freely as the sun tracked us step-by-step. By the second day, a smell had grown among our group that can only be...

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Rite of passage parenting: The name game
Jul21

Rite of passage parenting: The name game

One of my jobs is to care for students as they travel around the world. Just a few days ago, I came out of the Darien jungle in Panama. I took 18 students to live there for four days of ministry to the Embera people group. We slept in mosquito net-covered hammocks, cooked our meals in a big iron pot over three logs that had been pushed together and walked from village to village presenting the Gospel. If you’ve never been to Panama,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Parents’ prayers
Jul14

Rite of passage parenting: Parents’ prayers

As parents we pray diligently for our children, at least until they’re born. We then spend the rest of the time praying for ourselves, “Lord, deliver us from this evil.” I think the prayers of today’s parents may go something like this: Dear Lord, I pray that You keep my child away from all evil, especially tattoos. I didn’t bring this child into the world to be another person’s Etch A Sketch. I don’t buy shin guards and helmets or...

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Rite of passage parenting: Trust in Me
Jul08

Rite of passage parenting: Trust in Me

This week has been hectic with a capital H. Just let me recount for you one recent morning. Our Suriname team’s flight was canceled, and the airline wanted them to wait in the Miami airport for the next flight . . . five days later. Another airline made us empty seven trunks of supplies and stuff them into the students’ bags. We also had a student who fell to the ground in pain from a kidney stone as we were loading up for the...

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Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars
Jun22

Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars

Hello, my name is Walker, and I am a grandfather. Now, each of you must respond, “Hello, Walker.” That is how we will start each meeting when I create the group called GA, or Grandfathers Anonymous. I am starting this organization because I am in trouble as a granddad. I made it to the 21-month mark without a reprimand. I even got away with teaching my grandson, Titus, how to drink water from a garden hose and then spew it into the...

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