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 […]


Jesus and the Buttheads

by Laura on September 12, 2012

So with the shift from homeschooling to public school, family devotions have been challenging to fit in, I’ll admit. We tried getting everyone up early to have some “thoughts for the day” before school, but that would mean waking children up at five-something, which seems just sacrilegious in the first place. We’ve opted, instead, to […]


Scattering Seeds

by Laura on September 6, 2012

Jesus had a new way of being in the world, a new system of success that was upside-down in every way.  It was a different kind of Kingdom he taught about where a person stoops to be taller, where someone serves to be greater. It was a Kingdom where death actually comes first. Before life, […]


When the Battle-Weary Speak, We Listen

by Laura on November 17, 2011

When I read Cody’s comment from last week’s post about the brutal cycle of hope and disappointment, I immediately emailed him and asked if I could share it as a post. This missionary family to Haiti has suffered blow after blow over the past few years, including the loss of their young daughter to cancer […]


What You Learn a Billion Minutes Later

by Laura on October 17, 2011

So I remembered a story this week– a story that took place about a billion minutes prior to this one.  It happened in a dirt-floored home where wine was poured from pottery, where feet were washed and figs were dessert. It was a home that rivaled the southern-hospitality I know, though the guests probably sat […]



by Laura on September 15, 2011

It’s not that hard to play the hero— to hand over the donations for a surgery that will change a little girl’s life, to hug children without a mother, one night a week, to visit a bar and hear the prostitute’s story, when time allows. It’s really not that hard to love well in Jesus’ […]


Objects in the Rear View

by Laura on July 21, 2011

I’m typically quick to notice her faults, to comment about the not-so-great, to judge a motive I couldn’t possibly know. I’ve been one to walk away from a church service, complaining about the lead singer’s voice or the charisma of the pastor. I observe a ministry and then pick apart the ways it could be […]


*Last chance to enter the giveaway for Asian rings, my thanks to you for being involved in this web-space. Just click ‘like’ on the facebook page.  More details are here. There are a few voices in the blog world that truly cause me to pause.  And soak in beauty, appreciate art a little more, and […]


When Following God Doesn’t Work Out

by Laura on April 30, 2011

My husband’s not a schmoozer. He’s not one to say something for the purpose of inflating an ego, and he’s not one to walk-in-a-straight-line-and-follow-the-rules, either. He’s more of the envelope-pusher, hard question-asker, brutally-honest type-of-guy.  He’s the person you want for a friend {if you want someone with the guts to call you on your crap}, […]


Buying In

by Laura on April 14, 2011

Buying In

Every ninety days, we have to prove it, and every 365 we have to pay for it. We have to photocopy stacks of paperwork and hand over stacks of cash.  We have to assemble reports and meet with accountants and hope-like-mad for that stamp in five passports that says we can stay legally in the […]


I fear I’ve gotten it all wrong. I sit here, and I look back at the last 24 hours, the last week, maybe even the last 33 years, and I wonder if somewhere embedded in the depths of me is a clawing desire for success. To mother kids that “turn out.”  To get {and keep} […]