Category Archives: culture

Hope, leadership, and a wall

In January 2009, Melanie and I experienced one of the most memorable moments of our time in Washington DC – the inauguration of President Obama. No matter what you think of the President or his policies, it was unquestionably an … Continue reading

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The wires or the wonder?

Costa Rica is – undeniably – a beautiful country! When we share with individuals and churches in the US about our calling to serve here, we often encounter what I call the “Groupon Getaway Effect.” When people think of Costa … Continue reading

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Los Sábados

Saturdays are nice days. It’s taken a while, but we’ve gotten into new routines and developed new family traditions (although this time of year I do miss our old traditions of apple picking and pumpkin patches!) One of the (many) … Continue reading

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Six Things I’ve learned (and love) about Costa Rica in 6 months

Today is a milestone for our family: we have lived in Costa Rica for six (6!) months. The overwhelming feeling of this time is gratitude. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve here. Living in another culture has taught … Continue reading

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I was the lion!

During our first month in Costa Rica one thing has been clear. God had been preparing me for this for a long time. While I haven’t undergone a cross-cultural move of this magnitude before, I have moved to the United … Continue reading

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Surprised by my first year on Facebook

A year ago today, I joined Facebook! When I came to the United States in 2001 there was no Gmail or any kind of permanent email or social network. So much easier to lose contact with people God had used … Continue reading

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