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A Healing

Prayer works. I have seen it. So much of my brain wants to explain it away, but the obvious can’t be explained away. The obvious doesn’t need explanation. In the late afternoon of the second week of November, we made a visit to a tiny community outside of General Cepeda, Mexico. We went to Oratorio Chico to pray with the…

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A Wedding in Nuevo Chimbote

Our friends Lider and Dolly in Nuevo Chimbote have three children together, two boys and a girl. Lider is 43 and Dolly is 32. When we first came into town sixteen months ago, neither of them had an interest in the Church. Lider was a drunk. Their relationship was strained. And then JESUS happened!!!

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The Davis Family – Intake 2016

Every missionary has a “call to missions” story. It’s the time in our lives when we distinctly heard God say to us, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mk 16:15). We are going to share the short version of God’s call to us. Our story really has two components: our call to missions and…

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The Master Has Need of It

by Maria Gehl, writing prior to moving with her husband and children to Big Woods for Intake 2016. Now that we are committed to Family Missions Company, we have spent the past few weeks working on purging possessions, preparing a garage sale, and preparing to sell the house. I have to be honest: sorting all the possessions for a family of 7…

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Breast Cancer – Be Gone!

As day faded into night and the celebrations for our village’s patron saint came to an end, we wandered around the plaza visiting friends. We planned to enjoy the final hours of the celebration before returning home for a much-needed good night’s sleep. We realized that God had other plans when our friend’s son rushed up and said, “My mom…

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In Memoriam: Robert James Edmonston

Our dear friend and missionary, Robert James “Mr. Ed” Edmonston, went on to Eternal Life on September 19, 2016. Ed lived a full and diverse life. Born on November 26, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, he graduated from high school at Mt. Berry Schools in Rome, GA in 1958. He served in the United States Army as a supply engineer in…

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Crucible of Love

You think you’re a good person until you live in community… Then you realize you are the most selfish, vain, conceited creature on the face of the planet.

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When God Calls

Sometimes God calls us to do quite simple things – like “Go and pray for a friend” or “Help your sister change her flat tire.” These things can be quite ordinary, but nonetheless they eventually reveal to us more and more, in some capacity, who the person of Christ is. Our lives so far as a family have been filled with these…

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A crowd gathers for Mass at mission chapel

I Lift My Eyes Up Unto the Mountains

The roosters had just begun their Monday morning crowing when it was time to get up and prepare for the day. Our family awoke, quickly preparing a small snack breakfast before Fr. Leo, Sr. Marie Eugenia, and a religion teacher named Garvin came to the house to pick us up on our missionary adventure to the mountain communities above our…

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Michael getting water from the well in their family mission house

No Water // Kids on Mission

Michael Carmody, 7, serves with his family in Peru.  When I turn the faucet on, I expect water to come out. Today we turned the faucet on and nothing came out. When this happens I usually go into the backyard and switch a switch for the pump in the well to turn on. It takes about a half hour for…

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FMC Missionaries are living the teachings of the DOCAT!

DOCAT: What I’m doing NOW

After reading the DOCAT, a newly published adaptation of the social doctrine of the Church, one quote stood out to me as a summation of my missionary life and a summation of how my life reflects the ideals talked about in this book: “’God’s love never ends.’ (1 Cor 13:8). He goes after us, looks for us in our caves and hiding places,…

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catholic, missions, asia

“Walking, Talking Social Doctrine” in Mission

Growing up in the upper middle class of a big city in lndia, it was easy enough to look away from the needs of the poorest of the poor. The young people of my parish devoted themselves to their studies, to football, to parties, to romantic relationships, to singing in the choir, to dressing well. Some of the “holier” ones attempted…

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Missions At Home

Ever since I found out I’d be coming home to the States, I’ve been asking myself how to reconcile my two lives into one. How can I enjoy my visit home and at the same time not forget my missionary vocation? How can I continue saying yes to Jesus each day?

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The Tale of the Free Wedding Dress

Full disclosure: This is NOT the wedding dress or the bride the story is about, but I’m not allowed to post pictures of her until the actual wedding. Fair enough. “Let’s go wedding dress shopping!” A normal statement for a maid of honour to make to a bride-to-be. But this wasn’t a normal situation. Kristi* and Annie* were Americans, working…

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Love What Matters

I recently started seeing a lot of posts from the Love What Matters movement on my Facebook feed. It’s touching.. stories, photos, and videos that highlight what’s really important in life, especially when there are so many negative things in the news and in our own lives that try to steal our focus and our joy.

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Building a Bridge of Trust with a Muslim Neighbor

In her book Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell wrote about the five stages of conversion. The theory is that when people come to know Christ and commit their lives to Him, it is not usually something that happens in an instant, but involves a journey. The journey begins with “initial trust,” which is when a person is able to trust or…

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