Missions as Encouragement

As one of the driest places on earth, Arequipa, Peru presents an image of dusty landscapes sprinkled with villages precariously balanced on its hilly terrain. As you drive further down the mountain, however, an oasis of verdure explodes around the sole river and water source that runs through it.  In this lush area, a Christian… Continue reading Missions as Encouragement

Little Women–Lots of Truth

“I don’t understand it. What can there be in a simple little story like that to make people praise it so?” she said quite bewildered.  “There is truth in it, Jo, that’s the secret…” --- From its first publication, Little Women was a sensation. Though one of the characters jokes that no one would want… Continue reading Little Women–Lots of Truth

The Damage Done

A recently popular TED talk focused on how the biggest risk to our physical well being is exposure to one thing: childhood trauma.  The speaker explains how trauma actually affects how the brain develops. As one who has experienced childhood trauma, I found this TED talk extremely depressing. It often feels like the imprint of… Continue reading The Damage Done