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When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to Him, Rabbi (which means ‘Teacher’), where are You staying?” “Come and you’ll see.”…”We have found the Messiah!” (Jn 1:38-39,41)  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: The Gift of Welcome

(Gen 18:1-14) One of the most enigmatic episodes in the life of Abraham is his encounter with three men who approach his tent. They are variously referred to as men, angels and the Lord. While much has been written about their identity, what really stands out to me in this encounter is how the Lord calls Abraham to decide if he really trusts Him.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Is anything too difficult for the Lord? by Steve Stewart

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and His resurrection life and power in us, I am reminded of this testimony from last year’s Philippines Journey of Compassion. We were in our final barangay, giving out bags of rice and distributing water filters among the village that had been ravaged by two different typhoons. As we came to the door of one house, we could see a woman trying to come to us. She was barely moving, hobbling as she leaned heavily on the furniture. We told her not to come any farther, we would just come in ourselves. Before giving her a filter, it seemed obvious that we should pray for this poor woman. Ray asked her where she felt pain. She replied with a long list––her head, neck, back, hips, knees and feet. So Ray decided to start with her head pain. As she prayed, the woman began to smile and indicate with her hands that she felt something lifting off her. Then suddenly, she jumped up from the stool, raised her hands over her head and began to dance. I mean dance! All over the room she moved and kept saying it was all gone. We asked if she meant her head pain was gone. “No! All my pain is gone from everywhere!”  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: "Behold, I make all things new!"

A few weeks ago I met a woman in a large city in Tanzania. She was striking––both her physical beauty and her confident bearing immediately stood out. “Anne” was a very successful businesswoman. She traded in various grains, importing and exporting to various east African countries. My friend told me that Anne was, by Kenyan standards, a millionaire. Then he informed me that just three years ago, Anne was working the streets as a prostitute. Having just conversed with this self-assured, professional woman, I confess this was hard to imagine.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Anne's Transformation Story by Steve Stewart

In early December, I woke up one morning with the strong impression that the Lord was asking me to go to Tanzania. This was both unexpected and yet persistent, so I called my friend Mike in Kenya and asked what he thought. Mike’s response was immediate: he believes that this is a time of destiny for Tanzania, and so he was not surprised by what I shared with him. I was leading a Journey of Compassion to Uganda in early January, and so it was not difficult to travel from there to another East African nation. At the completion of the Journey, I flew to Nairobi with David and Cynthia, and our partner in Kalonga, Richard. From there we were picked up by our friend Mike, then drove south across the Tanzanian border to the city of Arusha. We were in for a great adventure as we scouted for a potential Journey of Compassion to Tanzania.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Four Days in Tanzania