Zhang’s Story

It's no longer safe to be a Christian in China.  That's why I fled and came here to Kenya three and a half years ago. I found a church where there was a mixture of Kenyan and Chinese worshippers. That was where I met and fell in love with Aluna, a beautiful Kenyan woman. The …

Hank’s Last Day in Portland

He was going to miss coming here to this spot where he spent hours reflecting, praying and enjoying his surroundings. Hopefully, there will be places of solitude in Cotonou where he could spend time alone with God and nature. He had been a pastor since he was twenty-five and now he was fifty. People were …

A Thorn in His Side

He had no doubt now that Sister Augustin was the one who told Father Schmidt about Monifa and him. Many times he could feel her eyes on him and when he turned to look at her, she quickly averted her gaze. And she avoided him. On one occasion during recess when he was talking to …

Ever Present

But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill – Psalm 3:3, 4 How has God manifested Himself during those tough times you encounter? Does He comfort you through …

Your Gift

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant - 1 Corinthians 12:1, NKJV Do you find yourself wishing you could pray better or play the piano or have stronger faith? You’re not alone. Many of us at one time or another felt inadequate when we compared ourselves to other church members. I remember …

Tobias and Puah Celebrate

It was Puah's nineteenth birthday and they were celebrating it at the same Lebanese restaurant where they had their first dinner together. They have been dating since Tobias broke up with Yasma which was the day after Puah and he made love for the first time. That morning, he had shown up at her apartment …

Angie Comes Clean

"Start talking, Angela." Whenever he called her by her full name, he was angry. "Amy told the truth. I'm not really pregnant." He fought hard to remain calm. "So, your pregnancy is a fake one." "Yes. I didn't mean to lie to you, Paul. Honest." "You made me believe that you were pregnant, Angela when …

Love in the Afternoon

"It's good to be home," Joel said as they let themselves into their condo unit. "I don't think I could eat anything else for the rest of the day." It was just after 3pm on Saturday (Sabbath) afternoon and they were now coming home from having lunch with another couple after church. "It was sweet …

Afiya’s Story

I'm a Somalian student who met and fell in love with an older Lebanese man. I met him through a mutual friend during Ramadan. I was immediately attracted to him and I could tell that he was attracted to me too but the friend who introduced us warned me not to get my hopes up. …

Clare Goes to Tae

The following evening she went to Tae's flat. Her heart was pounding. She was so nervous. After taking a deep breath, she rang the bell and waited, praying that he was home. He was. She heard the safety latch being drawn back and then moments later, she was staring up at him. His expression was …

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