Frances Havergal

I have sung this wonderful hymn so many times but it wasn't until recently that I came across the woman who wrote it. Frances Havegal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Her two best known hymns are Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me, also known as I Gave My Life for Thee. …

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Sarah Doremus

They call me, “the mother of Missions.”  I suppose it’s because many missionaries came and went from her home.  I have been interested in foreign missions ever since I was a child.  And God has given me the opportunity to engage in this interest. My husband, Thomas is a merchant like my father was and …

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Michelle’s Afternoon in the Museum

Michelle was reading a very interesting but strange book. The room suddenly tilted to one side and the people poured out was the first line which had grabbed her attention and made her want to read it. She was there at the museum reading it while waiting for her friend, Alison who promised that she …

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Loneliness and Seniors

Two years ago, I read an article on seniors and how an alarming of them go an entire week without talking to anyone. Can you imagine going for days with little or no human interaction? How sad for these seniors who were once caregivers--parents who took care of their children, providing for them. When my …

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Why I Left China

It has been five years since my father died.  My mother had passed away ten years ago. My father who was a kind and hardworking man, raised my younger sister, Ju and me. Life was hard for us, especially since we were Christians. My father was the reason why I left China for good.  It …

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Ede Meets Hank

It had been several weeks since Father Desjardins left. She missed him very much, especially their talks about the Bible and religion in general. There were times when she walked through the fields, half expecting to see him or him sitting down at the picnic table at the back of her grandmother's house. She went …

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Hank’s Last Goodbye

He had one more person to see before he left for Cotonou the next day. Ashley. Everyone had remarked how she would be a perfect pastor's wife and he had been inclined to agree with them but there was only one problem--he wasn't in love with her. And for him, marrying someone he didn't love …

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Father Desjardins’ Announcement

"Good morning, Ede." "Good morning, Father Desjardins." "Ede, I have news which I wanted to share with you before it is announced in church on Sunday." She looked at him. "I hope it isn't bad news." "No, it isn't bad news. I've been called to minister to Catholics in a parish in Ireland." For several …

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Aka Miss Clara

The first time I ever heard of Karen Abercrombie is when she played the amazing Miss Clara in the movie, The War Room. Her phenomenal portrayal of a woman with mountain moving faith helped to make the movie what it is. The scene where Miss Clara is cheering in her kitchen about the Devil getting …

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Sariah’s Story

The first time my husband and I met, it was at a party. I was there with another man. We were watching the other guests as we sipped our cocktails, actually, I was having a mock-tail, when my date turned to me and exclaimed, "Wow! Look at all these fine looking women." I glared at …

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