God has provided 83% of my monthly support. In the coming weeks when I reach 90% of my goal, I will be able to schedule an appointment for my visa application at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco. It’s my goal to return to Florence, Italy before January. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! ~ Emily Johnson | Italy
Andres: Praise God - For the money that came in towards our plane tickets to get back to Coeur d'Alene this summer! Literally, what was so generously given was EXACTLY what we needed! We are also so grateful for this new house that is becoming a home. It's so close to where Jordan works, so close to where the kids will be going to school, and so close to where we gather with our church on Sundays! We truly could not ask for more!
We are almost halfway through the month of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting and prayer to commemorate what they believe was the first revelation of their “holy book” to the Prophet Muhammad. During this “holy month”, followers typically wake up at about 2:30 or 3 a.m.
A couple weeks ago we were discussing the topic of forgiveness. Keyvan, a man there, was showing signs of extreme discomfort and conviction. He kept looking down at the table and shaking his head. He finally said there is someone he knows that he just can't forgive. When he said that, the Holy Spirit clearly said to me, "Ask him if he can't forgive, or if he doesn't want to forgive?"
Seven months ago we sat down individually with our 5 children and told them we had decided they would be attending a nearby, public school for the current academic year. Prior to moving here, our kids had only been home-schooled in the States. Knowing that our children’s first experience in a public school would be in a language that they did not even know, in a country they had still not adjusted to, was a major leap of faith for them and us as parents...
We will be in full-time language and culture study for our first year and are already finishing up our first of nine units. In addition to daily classes and homework, we are also out in the community every day practicing our new language skills. We are encouraged by how much we have learned already- being able to introduce our selves, share information about our lives, and are able to communicate at a basic level in the community. We’ve also already met some really neat people doing some really amazing things for Jesus, which is so encouraging and exciting!
This past month has been very full for us. Near the beginning of the month, we began packing for our three-week training and orientation course (which all new AIM missionaries go through shortly after arriving on the field). We shared a tiny little African hotel room with our kids for the entire three weeks, which was an adventure to say the least! We have been back in Nairobi for a few days now and are trying to get back into some sort of rhythm of life. We are continuing to pray about a school for our kids to attend. The one that’s at the top of our list is quite far from our home, so enrolling them there would have to be preceded by a move closer to the school.
As we prepare to leave for SE Asia in about a week, we want to thank you, our Anthem Family, for your support, prayers, friendship and faithfulness. We are so blessed to be sent by such an amazing body of Believers. ~ The "S" Family
God can and often does use the desert to interrupt our lives. He beckons us to come to a solitary place in order to silence the deafening noise of this world and to slow down
We’re reminded every year in this season – whether in Kenya or in Idaho – that there is something so beautiful to be found in the waiting. As we anticipate the arrival of our Savior and the time to celebrate his birth, we are anticipating all that God has for us. Continue reading to find out more about what God is doing through Anthem's partners globally.
I propose that the task of apologetics can be divided into three sub-disciplines with a strict order of priority.
The last time I wrote I introduced the term ‘apologetics’ and listed five ways that studying it can benefit you. I concluded with a promise...
After asking many individuals about what they are struggling with in their relationship, the reply is mostly “communication”.
As we approach Christmas at Anthem, there is always this tension we pastors feel to try to one-up what we did last year. I'm just being honest. Have you ever felt that?
The story of how we got here is quite incredible. Jordan knew he was called to Africa after watching a documentary about Africa on TV at age 11.
The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15: “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always ...
Unlike our US culture, our Jewish roots implore us to approach the beginning of a New Year with a time for deep reflection and repentance.
VBS 2016 is a wrap! We had such an amazing time with nearly 300 kids as we gathered together to worship, learn, dance and sing about Jesus.