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Sometimes, I Just Can’t Handle It

I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and could do nothing more than remain kneeling with my head buried in my hands. “What is wrong?” I kept asking myself. As I left the church my mind raced as I sobbed and sobbed.

I realized that sometimes I just can’t handle it: the frequency of death, the abusive relationships, the prostitution and drug abuse, the neglected and abandoned kids.

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A Personal Reflection on World Mission Sunday

This past weekend, the Catholic Church celebrated World Mission Sunday. Praise God! Please join me in praying that our family’s simple and humble witness would be enough for the people we serve in rural, Central America. We have been blessed beyond measure by God and by the beautiful people of Costa Rica. Often times, our many shortcomings are on display as well and we pray that through our weaknesses we would be made strong and that we could have the grace and courage to boast in Christ and in Him alone. Below is a brief, honest, and broken reflection on the Church’s mission, the Great Commission.

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The Faces of Mission – World Mission Sunday

This Sunday, October 22nd, the worldwide Church celebrates World Mission Sunday. In his message for the day, Pope Francis invites us “to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith.” FMC is engaged in this mission: to bring Christ to all. We’d like to join in the World Mission Sunday reflection and remind you of some faces and stories to help bring it all to life.

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Love Is Uncomfortable

Many times when I think of love and what love is in practice, I think of when I was dating my wife and our first kiss, or playing with my kids so hard we collapse in a fit of laughter, or hanging out with my best friend over a glass of whiskey. But love is not always that romantic or…

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The Smiling Face of Suffering

Suffering is not something I encountered often in the United States. Emotional suffering I am closely acquainted with, having suffered with depression for most of my adult life, and still continuously fighting that battle. But physical suffering was new to me when we moved to Haiti. I knew that in theory – “out there” – there were people who suffered. I didn’t see them face to face until I moved here though, and even then I didn’t truly see suffering until we had spent more time in the villages that surround us.

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Linguistic Train Wrecks in Mexico

Language barriers. They are a real thing. But how badly do we need language school really? It has been decades since my first epic language mistake on that mission trip in college. After mixing up a couple of similar sounding words and topping it off with a false cognate for the win, it can’t get much worse, right?

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Loving a thief in Peru

In the book of Romans, St. Paul says, “Afflictions produce endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

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Success is…

[The Wilde family – Jason, Jessica and their kids Grace, Brecklyn, Alex, and Chi Yu – have joined the Intake class of 2017 and are currently in missionary training with FMC.] Getting a degree Finding a wife Finding a job Buying a house

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Living Catechesis in Mission: For Catechetical Sunday 2017

Peruvians first heard the Gospel in 1532; Haitians, around 1511. So why, after almost 500 years, does Family Missions Company have missionaries in Peru and Haiti? The answer is catechesis. Mission is more than just the initial proclamation of the Gospel. While that first act has a primacy, a missionary must continue to accompany the people to whom he is... Read More

Am I Saving My Life or Losing It?

A slum or a sacred place? An amazing thing occurred in my life yesterday. I decided to run to perhaps Costa Rica’s worst slum, La Carpio. I saw a group of people extremely removed from the rest of the country. After about 3/4 mile of along a worn down and poorly built asphalt road, I found La Carpio, home to…

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Wendy

“In Christ Jesus you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:22 I’m a huge fan of the show Fixer Upper: the sweetness of the Gaines couple, the beauty of the re-creations they make, and the immediate gratification when all their work is easily summed up in 45 simple minutes! So,…

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Praying the Mission Into Being

One of the things it’s easy to forget while preparing a retreat is that PRAYER comes ahead of publicity, registration, talk preparation, budget, and assigning tasks to the team. Our mission team led a retreat titled “Discipleship Training Weekend” at the end of May.

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Foster Care: A Megaphone for the Gospel

When my husband Rich embraced Jesus’ invitation to serve as FMC’s Director of Development, we knew that would inevitably result in our being stationed stateside at Big Woods Mission. What we didn’t know were the particular ways in which God would draw us deeper as missionaries here on home turf, or should I say, within our very own home itself?

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There Is Something Greater at Work Here

When we first arrived at our new post here in this Asian country, I was not excited...at all. I thought to myself, “Why are we going to this place? Why can’t we stay where we spent so much time making friends and establishing ministries? We will have to start all over from the very beginning and it’s going to be so... Read More
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