A Parent's Blessing

Helen Hofman

READ : Matthew 10:37-42 This is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him. (Gen. 49:28 niv) We were visiting a supporting church in the U.S. A middle-aged man said to me, “Our son wants to go into mission work in some foreign land. My wife and I are hesitant to endorse this. What about his material needs, his retirement?” I encouraged this father to let his son respond to God’s …

Estevan Prayed

Helen Hofman

READ : Ephesians 6:10-16 Take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (v. 11 niv) The Theological Education by Extension Program was finishing its fifth year. Over four hundred Tzeltals participated, each taking three courses a year. At the final service, each of the teachers gave a report. Estevan came from a remote area of the tribe, but had taught one of the largest classes, with fifty students in Aguasarga. He began by saying he was the third teacher for his …

God Frees the Tojolabal Christians

Helen Hofman

READ : Psalm 91 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (v. 11 niv) The nine Christian Tojolabal men fled their village of Saltillo because the non-Christian majority threatened to kill them. They went into hiding in the nearby Mexican town of Las Margaritas. One day three of them went to a creek to bathe. They did not know that the men from Saltillo were searching for them. They were captured and …

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Helen Hofman

READ : 1 John 4:7-16 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (v. 16 niv) It was a cold afternoon when Maria came, carrying her three-year-old son on her back, with her five-year-old daughter trotting along behind. The boy was burning up with fever. I invited them into our living room where we had a fire in the fireplace. I am not a doctor or a nurse, but we prayed for God’s healing …

Trust and Don't Be Afraid

Helen Hofman

READ : Psalm 34:1-10 He delivered me from all my fears. (v. 4 niv) I was in a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, scheduled to have another lump removed from one of my breasts. Each previous growth had been benign, but as I prayed, I felt sure this one would be malignant. We had three small children. As I asked God to spare me to raise our children and be Sam’s wife, God reminded me of missionary friends whose wives …