Group 21. Jakarta, Indonesia. August 2016. The Lausanne Movements’ Younger Leaders Gathering was finally getting underway, and I was excited to meet my mentoring group of six up-and-coming Christian leaders from all over the world. We were assigned a place and time to meet up, take roll and make quick introductions, but then we...Read More
Last April I attended the New Wineskins for Global Mission Conference in Ridgecrest, NC. As I was passing through the lobby one day, I happened to see a small group of photographs on a table. Among the photos was one entitled, "God is Calling Artists To...", listing ways in which an artist can serve God. This one photograph by artist Beverley Roehr touched my heart and led me over the next ten months to...Read More
Fire, passion, creativity, expansion, faithfulness, youthful zeal. These are some of the words that describe what I experienced during my time with the Anglican Church in Brazil, where with much excitement and anticipation, we began the preparations for the Caminemos Juntos: Americas conference which will be held there in October of this year. The diocese of Recife (recently renamed the Anglican Church in Brazil-Diocese of Recife) has planted 35 congregations in the last twelve years and is...Read More
These days you often hear about mission strategies, development, objectives, and programs. Effective ways of evangelism, business plans, mission statements, vision casting, and church growth. A few months ago, my husband, Bo and I had the opportunity to look at several different Anglican church profiles and mission statements. They had one thing in common: all of them had church growth at the top of their priority list. These are all good things. These are all godly things. Church growth is...Read More
We recently returned from a one month mission to Australia in which we saw God’s faithfulness abundantly. There were four of us on the team; Fr. John & Patti Sosnowski, Tina and me. The invitation to Australia came from our daughters and their husbands, Stacey & Simon Fua (missionaries with YWAM) and Kerry & Daniel Berris (who lead an Anglican Church plant). Our Australian Mission was two-fold...Read More
One cool Virginia morning when my daughter Kelly was about 12, I was driving her to a dentist appointment in an unfamiliar part of town. The road we were on was a divided highway with two lanes going in either direction lined by cement curbs. I wasn’t speeding, but I was looking at the buildings to find a street number so I could determine if we were getting close to our turn. These were the days before GPS. In an instant as I turned my gaze back to the road...Read More
…and Ft Motte to the World!
Applause broke out the Sunday morning when it was announced that Ajay* had become a Christian. Ajay is just one of over one million foreign students that study in the US, and one of over 50 students who visited St Matthew’s Parish, Ft Motte, SC as part of our International Student Weekends. He opened his heart to Jesus after our church family opened their hearts...Read More
I had the chance to catch up with my friend and seminary colleague Rebecca Osborn. She and her husband, Jared, are priests serving the Lord in Iqaluit, Canada. I first learned of Rebecca’s call to Iqaluit and the Inuit people when I saw a picture of her and her two, super cute preschool aged children in full snow suits in the middle of what looked like (at least to a Floridian) a terrible blizzard. I thought to myself, wow, she is freezing her butt off for Jesus.Read More
The flight home from a conference is always a mixed bag.
A number of years ago, I returned from Plano, Texas, where we held our Anglican 1000 gathering affirming our commitment to new churches. I was full of vision and energy. Scribbling in a notepad on my seat-back tray, I wrote notes of new friends and old, ideas and vision, challenges and goals. Could there be a more exciting time for a minister of the gospel? We were planting churches!Read More
Loyalty is practically a genetic defect in my family. Once we commit to something whether it is a civic organization we’ve joined or a job we’ve taken, we are ‘loyal to a fault’ as we say in the South. I still keep in touch with some people that I went to kindergarten with! My husband Larry often tells me, “You need to let go of some of these people!” Acts 2:42-47 is one of my favorite...Read More