Machine Guns and Women’s Underwear

What do machine guns and women’s underwear have to do with sending filmmaking equipment to Africa? My missionary friend saw my post from Walmart that I was buying crates to make a shipment to Africa.  He sent me a warning that corrupt customs officials were confiscating items of value and holding them for ransom.  It seems that white women traveling alone to Africa were targeted for this tactic.  He recalled that my last crate of Christmas gifts for my African refugee family was transported by just such a white woman traveling alone. Continue reading “Machine Guns and Women’s Underwear”

Christmas in Africa in August

Not even a power outage could dampen the spirits of Jerry’s family as they eagerly surrounding a big red crate full of Christmas gifts from their American grandmother.  The gifts went from Indiana to New Mexico to Uganda with a detour to the African bush and then made the journey to Jerry’s house via hours of public transportation through a torrential downpour. We planned a video chat so that Grandma could share in the joy of the moment.  A cell phone that won’t hold a charge, a power outage from the storm and a flashlight was all they had, but it was still Christmas, in Africa in August. Continue reading “Christmas in Africa in August”

She Is Your Grandmother

Jerry is my friend living in exile in Uganda.  He is a refugee who escaped the barbaric acts of the corrupt government officials in his homeland of DRC – Democratic Republic of Congo.  Trust me, there is no democracy there.  Through our many months of daily messages on WhatsApp, I have come to love this family who are my brothers and sisters in Christ.  But one day, I actually became a grandmother to his children. Continue reading “She Is Your Grandmother”

The Miracle Of A Gentle Nudge

There is a family I have gotten to know via long distance communication who live in exile in Uganda as refugees 8000 miles away from Indiana in a foreign land of a foreign culture in the most extreme conditions.  This is Jerry’s family.  Zawadi is his wife, and their four children range in age from an infant daughter Anna born last Christmas, Joseph a toddler, Hope and David primary school age.  Jerry also provides a home to a foster daughter Tumaini and his step-sister Emiliane. Continue reading “The Miracle Of A Gentle Nudge”

The Oil Lamp-Special Revelation

I am surrounded by many friends who have what I call a “direct connection” to The Father.  They hear God speak, they speak to God in a special prayer language, they are entrusted with prophecy, they receive words of knowledge and they pray for others and healing occurs.  One friend has even been given a download for twelve transformational novels.  I want what they have.  And so for the last few years they have surrounded me praying for this baptism of Holy fire.  Nothing happened. Continue reading “The Oil Lamp-Special Revelation”

Transformation Movement-Authentic, Passionate, Purpose

When all hope is gone, when you think you are worthless, when you think you have been left behind, God holds the power to transform any situation.  Brokenness can happen even to pastors.  Steve Nanney knows this first hand.  He had been a pastor for 20 years and reached what he thought was the end of the line for ministry as he experienced the scourge and stigma of divorce.  “I gave up on myself before anyone else had the chance,” said Pastor Steve. Continue reading “Transformation Movement-Authentic, Passionate, Purpose”

Watson and Madisyn George – No Ordinary Love

It was a mystery surrounding his mother’s death when the little Haitian boy was just two years old.  She was either murdered or she was sick, but no matter the cause, Watson found himself abandoned at age 4 or maybe it was 5.  It is hard to remember when you are malnourished and beaten regularly by your alcoholic father.  Christian missionaries found Watson and his beloved sister CeCe in a dilapidated hut nearly dead from starvation and they were placed in separate orphanages. Continue reading “Watson and Madisyn George – No Ordinary Love”

Dr. Mark Eckel – Comenius Institute

I did not know Mark Eckel short of one brief encounter the first day I set foot in Collaborate 317.  I was on a tour of the business development center when my tour guide stopped at the Radio Next internet radio station and introduced me to twin brothers Mark Eckel and HB Harold Bell.  Now this had my attention, because one brother was white and one brother was black.  They had just finished their weekly radio show Warp and Woof.  When I asked the subject of their radio show, in unison they said they discussed subjects to bring white and black cultures together.  I knew we would all be fast friends. Continue reading “Dr. Mark Eckel – Comenius Institute”