#048: Adopted to Serve

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Had Jon Wickes and Ben Law wanted to avoid a calling to foster care, they had a good list of excuses at their disposal. At the time, both men were in their mid-20s. Both were single. Neither Jon nor Ben were adopted. Yet, one night out of the month, along with their Missional Community group, they hosted a parents’ night …

#047: How Are They to Hear?

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When Ben and Jessica Turner agreed to move overseas in hopes of sharing their faith in Jesus, they never imagined pizza would give them opportunities to connect with Muslim families on a gorgeous tropical island. “God told us, ‘I want you to go to a place where there is nothing but people who don’t know Me, and where you won’t …

#046: Give Us a Miracle, Please

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September 16, 2015 Dear God, give us a MIRACLE, please. This is my prayer. This is what I beg of You. Lindsey Paschal opened her new journal and wrote those honest words just days before her husband, Dan, received his biopsy results. His doctor was certain he had adenoid cystic carcinoma—a rare, aggressive form of cancer behind his right eye …

#045: Forgiven and Set Free

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Michelle was always a people pleaser. An only child from a stable home, she was a responsible kid with decent grades and a job at age 16—things that made her parents happy. She often listened to the voices around her for both approval and acceptance, and she watched her friends for cues on how to act. Some of her friends …

#044: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

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If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human …

#043: The Author and Perfecter

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Bitia Buenrostro was born on November 13th, 1984 in the tiny border town of Brownsville, Texas. Much of her youth was spent carpooling back and forth across the border into Matamoros, Mexico. Summers were full of youth group adventures, family dinners, and plotting her illustrious Quinceañera, a life event that rivals the importance of a wedding day to a little …

#042: Redeemed to Redeem

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“My wife and I were redeemed to redeem. It’s not a private faith.” Christopher was hesitant when his wife told him of her convictions to help a former gang member. But when he felt the Lord calling him to be obedient as well, he found the courage to invite Alex, a former gang member who had spent 18 years in …