We Are Going to Be Foster Parents

Six years ago this spring I interviewed to be a child protective services investigator for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. I knew next-to-nothing about the job or the field. It had only been three months since I entered the child welfare world, working for a private human services agency tracking youth on house arrest and supervising visits with parents and children who had been removed from the home. In God’s wisdom, however, I got the job. With Nebraska DHHS, I investigated child abuse and neglect allegations. When I tell people this, most of them cringe, close their eyes, stay silent, or say, … Continue reading We Are Going to Be Foster Parents

Mother India

This week, I was blessed to be able to watch Mother India, a brief documentary that follows twenty-five orphans living along the railway in southern India. The film is directed by Noah Lamberth and David Trotter, and narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James.  Concerned about the thirty-one million orphans in India, Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha head to India in search of some orphans who would trust them enough to show them what life was like through their eyes. What they find is a veritable family of orphans who live, play, and survive together. Trotter and Scheinoha do not simply report about the children, however. They … Continue reading Mother India

6 Ways to Be Middle Class and Mission-Minded

Here are six straightforward ideas to challenge middle (and upper) class Americans to reject opulence and excess while building the kingdom of God: Keep your high paying job and give the majority of your income away by living in a small house (not every kid deserves their own room) and driving modest cars (Chevy gets you there just as well as Lexus). Use your vacation time to go on a short term mission trip with your church or missions organization. Host international students from the local college or university during weekends or holidays. Start or join an urban ministry reaching … Continue reading 6 Ways to Be Middle Class and Mission-Minded

How George Müller Started His Day

This is in the same vein as my earlier post on why we study the Bible.  I hope you’ll find this autobiographical piece from Müller to be edifying. While I was staying at Nailsworth, it pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, irrespective of human instrumentality, as far as I know, the benefit of which I have not lost, though now . . . more than forty years have since passed away. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to … Continue reading How George Müller Started His Day