Secure in the World

As he backed out the door of his shop, the doughnut man juggled a large box in one hand while wrestling with a dozen helium balloons in the other. What caught my eye was the balloons whipping and weaving in the wind as the man hurried to set up his booth for the fair. Reaching…

Are We There Yet?

Have you ever planned a family vacation? After days of preparation, the suitcases are packed, the house is locked up, and snacks, luggage, pets, and children are dutifully loaded into the car. You’re breathing a huge sigh of relief as you finally pull out of the driveway when a small voice drifts from the back…

Culture Clash in Cambodia

As the plane soared above O’Hare Airport, the elevation change reflected the rapid change in my life situation. I was raised in small-town America, the child of a country church pastor, and very comfortable with my deep south Bible-belt social sphere. Until I married Forrest McPhail, I had never been on an airplane, and until…

Are You Tired of Waiting?

Written by Mari Venezia. It has been nine years and I’m getting tired of waiting. We moved to Alabama with the expectation of running a successful company. We have done everything the way we thought it should be done. We have prayed and sought the Lord, and yet it doesn’t seem to be happening the…