Stories & Teaching

Mentored by the Boldest Man I’ve Ever Known

Mentored by the Boldest Man I’ve Ever Known

Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, 2003. A few years before Dad began working in Kurdistan, Kathy and I blazed the trail for his ministry in that area. We had sensed that we needed to branch out from humanitarian work in the greater Baghdad area, so we jumped in a car with our...

Terry’s Call to Missions – Conversations Podcast

Terry’s Call to Missions – Conversations Podcast

“I realized the grace of God…that God had called me, much like he did Paul on the road to Damascus. God called me, anointed me, and he wanted me involved in full-time ministry.” May Terry’s story inspire someone listening to respond to the nudge of the Holy Spirit...

Eat what they put in front of you.

Eat what they put in front of you.

1993, Tallinn, Estonia. The sun is barely peaking up over the Baltic Sea as Dad and I leave our hotel in downtown Tallinn. We are driving through the Estonian countryside, parallel to the Baltic coast on our left. After a few hours of clandestinely switching vehicles...

Grow in Grace – Conversations Podcast

Grow in Grace – Conversations Podcast

Before Terry died, he and Scot spent many days together pre-recording their Conversations Podcast. It has not been easy to edit these episodes, hearing Terry’s voice and missing the wisdom he so easily shared from scripture. Terry very much wanted to encourage people...

She isn’t coming back.

She isn’t coming back.

September 28, 1982 (38 years ago today). Misty, Rebecca, and me are in a guest house on Oral & Evelyn’s compound, just north of the ORU campus. Adults are huddling together and then go outside to speak privately. There is an unspoken tension in the air. “Where is...

Summer 1984. Gdansk, Poland.

Summer 1984. Gdansk, Poland.

Summer 1984. We are navigating the rural countryside, far outside of Gdansk, Poland in our tiny Polski Fiat 125p. Along with the driver, Dad is sitting shotgun, while I am in the back with another Polish Christian man. The tension was palpable in the car as he and I...