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Obedience Matters

Obedience Matters

As a Grade seven student in Kenya, East Africa, one verse used to terrify me. Some of our boarding schoolteachers were known to use this verse in chapel meetings after a student had seriously flouted the rules. That student might get away with merely...
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Challenges Matter

Challenges Matter

What have been your life’s top five challenges? Three? One? Well, this month, we have five stories that show what our Latin America Mission workers face. From one point of view, we know almost all the people in the Bible faced incredible odds. Looking more closely, we discover how faith developed their spiritual life. They needed God’s strength and power because challenges matter!
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Short-term Trips Matter

Short-term Trips Matter

Jesus trained many disciples! And twice during his ministry in Galilee, he sent them out, two by two. At first, Jesus gathered twelve men and taught them. They watched him preach, teach, heal the lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead. Then, it was their turn to go out and do the same thing! Twelve men going out two-by-two formed six teams...
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Poverty Matters

Poverty Matters

The face of poverty appears in many places, forms, shapes, and sizes. And how Christians think about poverty is a window into understanding Christ’s demands for discipleship. Poverty matters!...
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Sustainability Matters

Sustainability Matters

Growing up at our home in Limuru, Kenya, my mother loved working with widows and orphans. Early every morning, women from a nearby village walked to our rented property. My parents, who rented a six-acre farm, believed God could continually supply the funds to hire a dozen women. My mother asked widows to care for the crops from 8:00 until noon...
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Children Matter

Children Matter

Has a crying baby ever disturbed you during a church service? Did you ever see children running around during worship, wishing their parents would control them? How did you feel about children and infants creating a fuss during prayer?...
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Pastoral Care Matters

Pastoral Care Matters

The Kenyan preacher’s words gripped me one night. “How many stars can you see? So many! And God knows the name of each one. He has a big book, too. In that book, he has the name of all who love him. Do you love the Lord Jesus? Has your name been written in that book?” At age 4 and a half, I wanted to love the Lord Jesus...
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Worship Matters

Worship Matters

Our worship of a holy, loving God is the most critical thing we can do as humans. From the beginning of the Bible to the end, the theme of worship permeates every book. Putting God first and listening to his voice was what the Lord wanted. But when our first human parents failed, sin entered the world. Immediately afterward, the first violent action happened, and it was over the question of how God was to be worshipped was introduced to everyone. Worship Matters...
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Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: They all Matter

Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: They all Matter

This month, the LAM Newsletter focuses on equipping people to adequately communicate the Gospel. Training and equipping pastors in another Latin American country is our focus this month. Men and women need to learn how to communicate the Gospel...
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Reconciliation Matters. The After-effects of the British arrival

Reconciliation Matters. The After-effects of the British arrival

For many tribal people in Kenya, the arrival of the British in the 1890’s was a tragedy. It marked the beginning of stolen land. Foreign laws were enforced while education, medicine, and the railway arrived. My father came from southern England, arriving in Kenya in 1936...
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Salvation Matters

Salvation Matters

One evening, late at night, the telephone rang. A friend called me to come because a disturbance in a neighbor’s house was gathering steam. Loud screams were keeping people awake. I took a friend, and we entered the troubled home...
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Preaching Matters

Preaching Matters

At age 15, I left the dorm life for home, having just completed Grade 10. My father was the Secretary of Keswick Conference in Kenya, and that year, he welcomed about 350 people to the Eldoret Girls’ School...
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