At First "Rotten"; Then Delightful

Carolyn Overway

READ : Psalm 37:1-8 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (v. 4) For several months our life in Kenya was the pits. It seemed like Oscar the Grouch was the one to greet each new day with his words, “Have a rotten day.” First, there was the automobile accident and two broken ribs. Within a week thieves broke into our truck in town. Every valuable possession we had with us in …

Counting the Cost of Success

Carolyn Overway

READ : Luke 14:25-35 You started building but could not finish the job (v. 30 CEV) Stories are great teaching tools. Jesus was the best story teller. Behind every story was a message. To some that message was hidden. To others, it was suddenly clear like the flick of a light bulb when switched on. Today’s story about counting the cost to be Jesus’ disciple is very clear. We have learned that our expectations and principles based on oft-repeated Bible …

When Lightning Threatens

Carolyn Overway

READ : 1 Peter 3:8-14 Seek peace and pursue it. (v. 11) As we drove along the bumpy Kenyan road to Churo a threatening strike of lightning seemed to point its jagged fingers toward our truck. The following boom signaled a warning about a storm starting to brew. Then hard rain washed over us. The storm outside the truck caused my mind to flash through the gradual progression of another storm, a tempest that was brewing between us and our …

Not Home for Christmas

Carolyn Overway

READ : Matthew 10:32-39 Jesus said: “. . . if you give up your life for me, you will surely find it.” (v. 39 CEV) “Dear Grandpa and Grandma, I want you home for Christmas!” wrote our little granddaughter Kara. Her letter was so sweet that we wanted to jump on the first flight to America from our mission post in Kenya. We replied, “Dear Kara, thank you for your letter and for your love. We will be here for …

Building a Strong Partnership in Mission

Carolyn Overway

READ : Romans 15:1-6 “Lend a hand to those who falter.” (v. 1 The Message) “Turn responsibility over to nationals as quickly as you can” is the advice of most mission sending agencies today. That is a wonderful strategy so the missionary will stay on for sufficient time to disciple and encourage national leadership. But once nationals assume positions of leadership the missionary is often sent to another assignment or leaves the field. The nationals stand alone. A young couple, …

Gain by Losing

Carolyn Overway

READ : Mark 10:23-31 . . . receive a hundred times as much in this world. . . . In the world to come they will live forever. (v. 30 NIrV) Volunteers from Michigan churches came to teach for a term at the Churo Secondary School of the African Inland Church of Kenya. I was reminded that once, on a similar adventure, one of my seminary professors cautioned us that during a month or more of togetherness we would see …