A Season for Everything

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Ecclesiastes 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (v. 1) I would like to go back to the mission field someday, but now does not seem like the right time. My husband and I recently bought a house, we have a newborn baby, and we are tied to various other commitments. Certainly, it’s possible for us to uproot and leave for the mission field, but we do not feel God’s …

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Genesis 12 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (v. 2) My work in Nigeria did not involve me in church planting, preaching, or one-on-one evangelism. My role was as a teacher in an international Christian school, and my students included the children of missionaries, international business people, and native Nigerians. My express purpose was to teach—not necessarily to convert …

Who Will Work in the Fields?

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Matthew 9:35-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (v. 37) Did you know that you do not have to be a pastor to be a missionary? Certainly, many missionaries are specifically trained as ministers, but many others come to the field without any formal theological training at all. There is urgent need on mission fields for skilled persons of all trades. Teachers are needed in mission schools. Engineers are …

Lord Willing

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : James 4:13-16 What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (vv. 14-15 niv) When is the last time you hedged a statement about your future plans with the phrase “Lord willing”? Perhaps you never have, for in North America we are generally able to accomplish what we intend. Nigerians, though, …

Got Faith?

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Hebrews 11 This is what the ancients were commended for. (v. 2 niv) I used to be unimpressed by Old Testament stories. Sunday school teachers would do their best to make the stories of Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob come alive, reading them with dramatic expression and showing how the faithfulness of these patriarchs facilitated Christ’s coming. But I always envisioned Old Testament characters with Bible in hand, reading their own story, and acting accordingly. It’s easy to be …

Asking Why

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Job 42 Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. (v. 3) Job has the makings of a good story. From the outset the reader is clued in to what is going on behind the scenes: God is allowing Satan to test a “blameless and upright” man. Job, meanwhile, has no idea of this supernatural scheme and endures unthinkable hardships which he does not deserve. Although Job …