Door to Door to All in Need

Door to Door to All in Need

Nearly five-and-a-half years ago, several weeks after the great earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, Dean began his daily commute from Sendai to Ishinomaki, where we are presently located. Through a series of God-ordained connections, he soon met and started...
A Confession of Faith

A Confession of Faith

Pastor Malloum and his wife Rachel serve the Chadian Lutheran Brethren Church as missionaries to the Fulbe people of Chad. I first heard about Abdu (an alias) as I was visiting with a Christian friend at the weekly open air market in Ba’illi, the town across the river...
A Gift Denied?

A Gift Denied?

It had been a difficult year. A year of independence, rebellion and deceit. The relationship between father, mother, and child had been broken. But oh, how they hoped he would come home for Christmas. It would not be the same without him. They had gone to great...
A Gift Given

A Gift Given

In the summer of 1981, my wife and I arrived with our toddler at the CLB Annual Convention with great anticipation. We had been called by Lutheran Brethren International Mission to go to Taiwan and begin a ministry among the Hakka Chinese. I resigned my position in...
A Gift Received

A Gift Received

In the 1990s, some marketing expert came up with the idea of purple sunscreen. In theory, purple sunscreen was a good idea. Before the color faded away, it allowed parents to easily see where the product had been applied and where more was needed. My wife and I...
A Gift Lost?

A Gift Lost?

Joseph and I sat in the exam room of the oncologist’s office that January day. It was a check-up after finishing his treatment for neuroblastoma ten months earlier. That had been quite a year, after discovering our beautiful, precocious two-year-old had metastatic...