When we arrived in Ecuador, we were pleasantly surprised to find that some US brands had arrived before we did. One familiar sight on the grocery store shelves was the Nabisco label. I grew up across the street from a Nabisco salesman who was always passing along sample boxes and bags of their treats, so […]

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I just returned from another mission trip to Peru. I took a team of folks from our church to minister in and around Cusco. The trip was one of the most challenging trips I have led, but not because of anything like a rugged, isolated, or primitive environment. Rather, the challenges were of other kinds […]

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Traditions color most of our lives. They make it easier to walk through all of the events of life without having to think through every major step. We find traditions in every culture. They are rituals of passage, initiations into manhood such as Bar mitzvahs among Jews, or into womanhood such as quinceañera celebrations among […]

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  Which do you think sounds better; which do you prefer? We may not be at the point of renaming the region, but if forces currently at work continue unabated, the Islamification of Central and South America could become a reality. For the first time, leftist Latin American governments and encroaching Muslim schemers give credence […]

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One of the first lessons that I teach my missions students is that you cannot enter, understand, and minister effectively among a people group without understanding their culture, worldview, and, specifically, their religion. The culture, worldview, and religion of a people inform the ways that they understand the universe, make and enforce their laws, explain […]

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You are one of the last of the few people in the world who speak English. You have watched the other English speakers die of old age, disease, natural disasters, and wars, and be absorbed into the cultures around you. There are not many of you left. The day finally comes when you are the […]

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This is my first trip to Cuba. I have been interested in Cuba for as long as I can remember. So many aspects of it are fascinating to me. I remember people talking about the Cuban missile crisis more than I remember the crisis itself, but having been born in 1957 and growing up in […]

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