Russians Walking Street

When we first put toes into the water of the counter-trafficking community in SE Asia, we expected the pool to be a crowed one. We’d read the stories from the internet, we’d seen the documentaries and we assumed that other people had this fight covered– especially as it related to the process of helping find […]


Everything is Spiritual. Except When Maybe It Isn’t.

We were in our mid-twenties when we tasted utter failure in one of our first “ministry” jobs.  It was a train-wreck on every level– landing our family of three into my parent’s basement with no money, no job, and a whole heckuvalot of hurt to muck through. Conflict sucks.  Especially conflict in Christian ministry. And […]


Community, Church & Power Lines

by Laura on July 5, 2011

Enjoy this post from the archives {originally written January 2011}.  It’s one of my personal favorites. I think I just like the pictures. Community is a tangle of lives. It’s a continuous intersection of time and opinions– a chaotic convergence of Stories and personalities. Community means inconvenient birthday parties and trashed playrooms and awkward moments […]


The Song that Made Them Stand

by Laura on June 2, 2011

Enjoy this re-posting from the archives about how the rolling of my eyes in church one day led to tears in those same very eyes during the singing of a certain song.  And I’m not one to cry-much.  Originally written October 2010. So I’ve been honest about my church snobbery in the past {and all […]


The Gift of Showing Up

by Laura on March 7, 2011

The Gift of Showing Up

He said that the greatest love is to lay down your life for a friend. And I agree. Because, hey, it was Jesus who said it. But, I think Jesus also might have said that a fairly strong showing of love is in just showing up— especially when the showing up involves the taking of […]


. . . the missionary family should say “thank you” on Missions Sunday. Here’s our family doing just that for the church that has become our main avenue of support, Woodland Park Community. Click on the photo below to view the 2 minute video, and try not to be too amused with how difficult it […]


We Were Wrong {The Orphan Crisis}

by Laura on December 8, 2010


As I begin to enter the conversation about how to help the Orphan Crisis, I am reminded of a post I wrote last year.  It went something like this: “A Church in Texas ran a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News.  Big black letters, boldly declaring an apology.  No excuses, no requests for money.  […]


The Perfect Car {A Thin Place, over at Mary DeMuth’s}

I’m guest-posting over at Mary DeMuth’s site today, a story of my own Thin Place, where God gave, extravagantly. If you are visiting from there, thanks for stopping by.  If you enjoy this glimpse into a life on Latitude 18, consider subscribing. It’s free and easy, and you’ll be notified every time a new article […]


Question {Church Snob}

by Laura on September 13, 2010

Okay, I’ll admit it, I am a recovering church snob. Back in the States, there was no shortage of criticisms I could hand out about any given church I happened to find myself in on a Sunday morning, or a Saturday night {if that was a cooler time to have the service}.  I’ve snubbed postmodern […]



by Laura on August 7, 2010

Take it from someone who doesn’t have much of it right now, Community is more important than you think. Whether you call it family or sorority sisters or a small group, community is a tightly-knit team, maybe without the matching jerseys.  Community means friends who know your Story and can hand it back to you […]


Since Matt is not here with a specific missions organization {rather, he is working for a Christian NGO}, our church in Woodland Park, Colorado {where he has worked for the past four years}, has become the group that has sent us out into the wide world.  And, as it turns out, they are doing a […]