Blog Archive


Kelsey WiggsKampala, Uganda

September 1, 2018

I stand, watching. The only light in the room comes from the nearby window which lets in some of the African sunshine. I watch closely at the precision with which my friend sits and weaves on her loom.

Beauty Poured Into Brokenness 

Andrew ShaughnessyMonterrey, Mexico

July 17, 2018

The Aquiles Serdan neighborhood sits between the garbage dump and the red light district in Reynosa, Mexico. Chickens, stray dogs, and horse-drawn garbage carts wind their way through the dusty streets, punctuated by the occasional vendor hawking snacks from a bicycle. It’s a tough place for a kid to grow up …

Creating With Refugees 

Kay BurklinAthens, Greece

June 21, 2018

Armed with paint and brushes, markers and paper, needles and yarn, fabric and thread, our short-term team served refugees in Athens, Greece, with art, a universal language that transcends culture, breaks down barriers, and speaks to the soul …

Arts, Mission, and the Alamo 

Roger W. LowtherTokyo, Japan

May 31, 2018

Driving west as a family across the United States, we decided to visit The Alamo, one of America’s most famous stories of courage in the face of impossible odds and certain death. Sam Houston called out “Remember the Alamo!” in a battle afterwards, which eventually led to the annexation of the state of Texas in exchange for the life of President General Santa Anna. The Alamo holds special fascination for me, because it is one of America’s most famous examples of foreign missions …

Dr. King, Gospel Music, and Creative Suffering 

Roger W. LowtherTokyo, Japan

April 27, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis fifty years ago on April 4, 1968. On that same day this year, MLK50 events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King took place all over the city. You could feel the excitement in the air, reinforced by police escorts zipping famous people around the city, blocked-off streets, and a lot of security. All month long, we as a city have been talking about Dr. King in social media, schools, churches, and around dinner tables …