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Quick to Kindness

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Mark and Kelly Hewes  |  Leave a comment

Stephen-Grellet-quoteWithin the first few days of arriving in Papua, I witnessed an act of kindness that would be the first of many experienced here.

After eating dinner with an MAF family, they took us out to get some dessert. We stopped at their favorite little smoothie shack to order some cold mango drinks. While we waited for our smoothies, they chatted with the Indonesian woman making our drinks, the owner of the little business. After a while, she mentioned that her blender was starting to act up and soon a sour, burning-electronics smell filled the air. Then it went silent and she told us she was so sorry she couldn’t complete our order. Her blender was dead.

As we walked away, the MAF couple we were with turned to each other and started hatching a plan to buy her a new one. When we couldn’t find a store nearby that sold blenders, they approached the woman, and handed her money to buy a new machine. The woman shook her head at first but after some insisting, she took the money with her eyes glistening and a big smile on her face. It was easy to see how blessed she was by this gift.

Throughout our time traveling around Papua, we have seen so many people that are quick to jump in and give of themselves to others. Pilots that make an extra flight at the end of the day when an emergency comes up. Missionaries that stop what they are doing to care for a sick baby. Families inviting new people (us!) over to dinner.

These beautiful acts are such a testament to the sacrificial life that we’ve been called to as Christians. It’s my hope that someday this reflex of kindness will come as quickly to me as it does to others.

This proverb I saw hanging in the home of a missionary couple living in a remote village sums it up well:

I shall pass through this world but once.

Any good, therefore, that I can do
or any kindness that I can show
to any human being,
let me do it now.

Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.

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A Beautiful Plan

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Ellie Scheer  |  6 Comments

I first met Ibu Lina the day she showed up at our house for an interview to be our house helper. An extremely meek, sweet-faced woman, she mentioned nothing about the fact that she had a serious, debilitating illness. I hired her that same… [Read full post.]

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The Prodigal Motorcycle

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by Jill Holmes  |  Leave a comment

Nelson, one of our workers at the hangar, had his motorcycle stolen while at church last week. When asked if he was upset, he said, “No, God allowed it to happen and He will resolve the situation.”

Here in Mozambique, the most common brand of “moto” is a Lifo…. [Read full post.]

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I Would Have a More Effective Ministry in America

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Joy Neal  |  5 Comments

Last summer I spent a month visiting my family in the States. One afternoon I was watching my son at the playground when it suddenly occurred to me that I understood the language and culture of every person at that… [Read full post.]

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Adrenaline High

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Jim Manley  |  Leave a comment

The call came at a bad time. We’d loaded the airplane and buckled in three passengers. I was just climbing into the cockpit.

Pancho hurried up…. [Read full post.]

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