Tuesday, May 30, 2017
While Kate Lawrence 's parents served in Cote d'Ivoire as career missionaries, Kate's education came in a French boarding school and American University in Paris and Georgetown. Now a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department, she wants nothing to do with the missionary lifestyle.
When she finally agrees to visit their new mission post Mission Mesquite, the rodeo church at the Mesquite Arena in Dallas, Kate meets Tyler Hawkins, an attractive All American Cowboy who has since been crippled by a bull trampling. They have an instant connection, but Kate doesn't know that Tyler has just completed seminary and mission training and is poised to take over Mission Mesquite once her parents retire.
How can Kate resolve the conflict between her and God and her heart? Will Tyler's past as a freewheeling cowboy cut short his ministry? Mission Mesquite is a contemporary Christian romance.
Diane E. Tatum
A Time to Choose
Monday, May 15, 2017
Guest Post by Eighteen-Year-Old Abigail Bethany Colby
|Church Service in Kathmandu, Nepal|
“Why?” is a question I hear way too often.
“Why do you want to go on a mission trip so badly?”
“Why do you care?”
I never understand their whys. As a Christian, we are commanded to care for people and share God’s love with as many as possible. If I work hard enough, I know I can raise enough money to go on a mission trip. Even those out-of-town outreaches on Saturdays
I don’t have anything to do a lot of Saturdays, so, of course, I’m going to go. “Why not?” I find myself saying so often. The opportunity is there, and it makes no sense not to take it.
No, I don’t think I’m too young. There is no such thing as too young to serve in the best way possible and do God’s will for your life.
“Do these things when you’re old enough to appreciate it,” they say.
I know I’m capable of appreciating it now. God has put an overwhelming love in my heart for people now, so why not put it to use now? If I waited until I was older, what would I do now? I’m not waiting until I’m older because I’m capable of making a difference now.
I’m not doing this to have a good experience, or to better myself, but to better other people. Until I have ministered God’s Word to people who can give me nothing in return, I have not lived.
“God, please use me now. My life is yours; do as you please with it.”
© Abigail Bethany Colby