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Rite of passage: The invitation
Jul27

Rite of passage: The invitation

In a few weeks, Titus the Honorable will hit the three-year-old mark. His personality is beginning to take shape, and he is becoming much more engaging in his conversations. I’m praying he’s at the end of his “naming the colors of everything” phase, though. He and I will drive down the road when I hear his small, mouse-like voice saying, “Blue truck,” “Red car,” “Blue sky,” “Green grass,” “Big blue truck,” “Black truck.” And for the...

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Rite of passage: Triple blessing
Jul20

Rite of passage: Triple blessing

I get to work with some of the best students who walk the Earth. I am now working in Panama with a group of students who are giving of their summer to go from the city to farming communities to the jungle. I write this from the front door of the jungle known as the Darien, and tomorrow we will enter that door. We are spending a couple of days in a small village called Cañitas, which is the last wide spot in the road before we leave...

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Rite of passage: The story continues
Jul13

Rite of passage: The story continues

There is nothing that amazes me more than seeing how God weaves His story through ordinary lives. Right now, I am back in the country of Panama with 42 students. Four years ago while working here, our teams had a bus driver named Julio, who loved the Lord, prayed with us often and encouraged us in the faith. Julio also had an assistant named Tiny, an odd name for two reasons. First, Tiny isn’t a typical Panamanian name; and second, he...

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Rite of passage: Goofy tales
Jun29

Rite of passage: Goofy tales

If I had to choose the Disney character that best represented me, Goofy would suit me fine. He’s good-natured, doesn’t take anything too seriously, make jokes, is slightly clumsy and says “Yuk, yuk” when he gets tickled. He may not be the sharpest crayon in the box, but his heart is bigger than all outdoors. Everybody loves Goofy. I was picking up students from the airport the other day when Melanie, one of our summer staffers, asked...

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Rite of passage: Self-serve or not
Jun22

Rite of passage: Self-serve or not

I have a question: Is self-serve serving us well? If you’ve gone shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed that the number of human-type persons who operate a cash register is diminishing. Every week, it seems there’s one more self-checkout lane. Last week there were two, this week there are three and by the time summer is over, there won’t be a checkout lane with a human employee anywhere in sight. Somehow, I don’t think I’m saving...

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