The smell of hot dogs filled the student union. Sally Henien worked with excitement as her team finished setting out condiments and buns for the annual Hot Dog Giveaway, an outreach event that partners with local churches and campus ministries to give students free food.
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North Fair Oaks, if you have even heard of it, is an easily dismissed area of Pasadena, California. To an outsider, this neglected neighborhood, where nearly 65,000 cars pass through its main street every day, leaves much to be desired. However, where most would see a neighborhood to cast aside, Missions Door missionary Jill Shook sees an opportunity for God to move mightily.
As Pastor Jose Quesada read a heartbreaking email from a woman he had never met, he could feel God stirring his heart to respond. The email was from a mother whose 27-year-old son, George, had suffered a massive stroke and had been placed at a hospital in Aurora in a coma.
Jessie Fox and Kathryn Groseclose have worked with many deaf individuals in Honduras, each so special and so loved. But when they met Ana, a young teenager who had started coming to their programs, they couldn’t help but be especially captured by her tender and caring heart.
Dust clouded behind the car as Les took in the Cambodian countryside from the passenger seat. As they bumped along, Radha felt Samen reach over and grip his hand hard. For Samen, sharing the stories of their past was like digging up a box that had been buried under cement. But Les believed writing this book was important, and Radha knew he was right.
A heavy mist cloaked the streets of the sleepy neighborhood. Early morning found most still in bed, warding off the start of another day. But young Kent Murahashi quietly slipped out his front door, books in one hand and Charlie Brown lunch box in the other. He knew he would be the first of his classmates to arrive at school, but he hoped to be long gone before his neighbor began his day.
He started down the walkway and rounded the corner, but he felt his pace quicken as he passed the large gray house that seemed to take over what felt like half the block. The only sounds were the shuffle of his worn out shoes against the wet pavement and the racing of his own heart.
Chrissy settled into an empty swing on the edge of the playground. She slowly swayed back and forth, with the sounds of children’s laughter and the steady creak of the rusty swing playing as the soundtrack to her thoughts.
After growing up in the comfort of the suburbs, Chrissy couldn’t imagine a life anywhere else, especially when raising a young family. So the fear quickly settled in when her husband, Jake, shared with her one evening that he felt they were being called to pursue inner-city ministry.
Adia slipped quietly through the door as the instructor was going over expectations for the course. She slid into a seat in the back, hoping no one would notice her tardiness on the first day of class. Hip-Hop and The New Testament. It wasn’t your typical course for a college in Nairobi, Kenya, but Adia was intrigued.
She was content to learn about others’ music. But Adia was about to receive a lesson that couldn’t be found in a textbook.
The heavy steel door slammed shut — a sound that had become all too familiar. The guard walked away without a word, leaving Emilio alone with nothing but his regrets to keep him company.
Six years into an 11-year federal prison sentence, Emilio had plenty of time to ponder the series of mistakes that put him in that cell.
But in the midst of his imprisonment, Emilio was about to discover true freedom.
Carlos stared out of the small airplane window. He gazed at the turquoise waters of the Caribbean below. He imagined what it must be like to live on the seabed among the thousands of creatures that filled the sea. How simple their lives must be. How sometimes he wished he could spend his days swimming through the warm, tropical waters.
Suddenly he felt a tap on his shoulder, jolting him from his daydream.