Stories from our field writers and other contributors

A First-Name Friend

I knew there must be women in this community who could be my friends, and not just the kind that you chat with in passing, but someone I could really know.

Ordinary People: Anna

“Here, death and loss are such a common part of life that we realized we were not alone in having gone through such a painful experience like this.”

Animal Instinct: Discipling Veterinary Students in Uganda

“It’s easy for me to want to do all the treatments myself, but it is so much better for me to be training vets and setting them on the right path, so they can multiply themselves and head out into Uganda, working with integrity in their profession.”

Light in the Darkness: Radio Nuru

As infrastructure development slowly comes to Northern Mozambique, new villages are introduced to the miracle of electricity. AIM works to bring spiritual light to the Mwani people through the ministry of Radio Nuru (Radio Light).

The Music of Anzoro

Somewhere in that seemingly inattentive audience, there was one elderly catechist teacher who had inherited a set of instruments that the Zande people call anzoro. Like many of his people, this man associated the anzoro with dancing and drinking parties. Certainly it was not something to be brought to church.

Bathing in Bangadi

Bangadi is a small town tucked into the vast Congo rainforest. This forest claims over one million square kilometres and is among the most beautiful haunts on earth. On world maps it is the smudge of green at the heart of Africa.

Educating Third-Culture Kids

TCK education is a complex and serious dimension to the missionary life, but part of the call to serve and trust God in distant lands is the challenge to trust Him with the most precious treasures.

I Write to You, Young Men

“Two thirds of active missionaries are married couples. Another third are single women. The rest are single men.”

The Mark of an Airplane

Captain Denny Dyvig settled into his seat, brushed his hand along the contoured control yoke, and listened to the rumbling engine. To this missionary pilot, 5Y-SIL was so much more than a machine.

Moving Towards Shalom

Shells from the 20mm cannons shredded the mango trees nearby, peppering the bank where he sought cover. It wasn’t the first time he’d been left for dead.

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