Rich in Faith

Betty Voskuil

READ : James 2:5-7 It surely seems that God has chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith. Visiting Christians in Kenya or Kentucky, Nicaragua or Newark, Mexico or Minneapolis always gives credence to this reality. My most recent visit to Chiapas, Mexico, offers a poignant example. We had traveled into the jungle to join other Christians for Sunday morning worship. Unfortunately, we had received the wrong information about what time we were to arrive. When we …

Faith Proclaimed Worldwide

Betty Voskuil

READ : Romans 1:8 Deb Braaksma, who served with her husband, Del, as missionaries to the Orma people in Kenya for several years, tells a wonderful story about proclaiming faith. The Orma people suffered from devastating floods in January of 1998. Fifty-thousand people were abruptly displaced, and 90 percent of their sheep and goats were lost. They lost not only their homes but their livelihoods as well. Del, Deb, and other missionaries responded immediately bringing hope and comfort in the …

Consider the Lilies

Betty Voskuil

READ : Luke 12:22-31 The Bible reading today has much to teach our materialistic world. We are consumed with worry and concern about what we will eat and drink and what we will wear. If Jesus were making this statement today in the western world he probably would say something about our obsession with the cars we drive and the houses we live in. Somehow we have been lulled into the false security of believing in “things” rather than relying …

On Eagle's Wings

Betty Voskuil

READ : Matthew 8:18-27 It is so easy for me to be afraid in dangerous situations. I forget to whom we belong. I certainly was afraid on a trip to Somalia in 1993. We were staying in a hotel which had been ransacked and restored several times. The plaster on my door around the lock was still damp. Needless to say, I did not feel very safe. At night, I could hear random shooting outside. Several people we visited were …

Faith of our Mothers

Betty Voskuil

READ : 2 Timothy 1:15 My mother’s faith in God was steadfast, sure, and as solid as a rock. I am certain it carried her through a difficult life. She became a virtual orphan at the age of eleven when her mother died. Her father didn’t feel he could take care of her. She once told me that her knowledge that she was loved by God was a great comfort to her in those lonely years. After several bouts with …

Service Blesses Both Giver and Receiver

Betty Voskuil

READ : 1 Timothy 3:8-13 We are privileged to have so many wonderful deacons in our churches. These men and women exemplify what it means to be servants of Jesus Christ. It has been a great joy for me to meet many of them over the years. Deacons have told me how their ministries of mercy, service, and outreach have enhanced their faith. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ has taken on new meaning and depth for them because they …