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God’s Tapestry

I have no idea how this large teenager appeared in our house, but he bears a small resemblance to the son I birthed fourteen years ago. On closer inspection I can see that he IS, in fact, a bigger version of that same child.… Continue Reading “God’s Tapestry”

(Eternal) Life Change

“Woah. That guy would never have come to a Student Life event,” Dre said of one of the non-Christian students who came rock climbing last Saturday. The Student Life director in Dunedin,  Dre was elated to see non-believers, new believers, and strong believers enjoying… Continue Reading “(Eternal) Life Change”

The Treasures of Dunedin

During this hectic fall start-up, my mom has crossed the Pacific to visit us, along with Alicia Lovejoy’s parents. It has been a joy for all of us to see familiar faces from home. It has been a tremendous comfort to our kids, who… Continue Reading “The Treasures of Dunedin”

Gearing Up for Another “Fall” Semester

Before we left New Hampshire everyone kept telling us how lucky we were to be leaving the snow piles of winter for the warmth of a New Zealand summer. It has been refreshing to play outside after dinner, enjoying long days and birdsong. I will send… Continue Reading “Gearing Up for Another “Fall” Semester”

Passing on the DNA

I reached across the aisle to slap Cam an enthusiastic high five. With his tousled red hair and matching beard, he looked like a young Scottish highlander—no doubt his roots reside in Scotland like many New Zealanders. Cam, an Otago University alum, is one… Continue Reading “Passing on the DNA”

The Blessedness of Waiting

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21b ESV).” This has been my mantra since the flood. Our “secure” housing fell through three days before we were supposed to move in, and just twelve… Continue Reading “The Blessedness of Waiting”

South Island Travelogue

It seems my time is now marked either pre-flood or post-flood these days. I am sure it was the same with Noah, and for all who have escaped a flash flood with a child strapped on their back. Here is the pre-flood story of… Continue Reading “South Island Travelogue”

Flash Flood

I thought I would spend much of this blog telling you about the New Zealand scenery as we traveled south, but I must begin instead with the events of last night. Last night we stayed in a sleepy hamlet south of Haast Beach, which… Continue Reading “Flash Flood”

An Introduction to Tandem

“Everyone needs compassion A love that’s never failing Let mercy fall on me Everyone needs forgiveness A kindness of a Savior The hope of nations”   These are the lyrics for Hillsong’s popular song, “Mighty to Save.” I couldn’t help but pause and reflect… Continue Reading “An Introduction to Tandem”

Island Hopping

The eagle has landed! Well, actually, it is a giant rental van carrying four adults, seven kids, and 600 pounds of luggage. But, we have made it to our first destination: The Tandem Ministry national staff conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Tandem is Cru’s… Continue Reading “Island Hopping”