Moving Right Along…

Well, things are moving right along as I prepare for Brazil! My passport took less than three weeks to process and it just arrived in the mail last week.

Today I worked on my visa application, trying to figure out exactly what needs to be done and finally (hopefully) doing it all. I plan to mail it on Monday and within three weeks I should have it in hand as well. Read Full Post

Tribute to a Great Man of God

Today was Shon Lundberg’s last day on staff at Faith Baptist Bible College. He accepted the call to be the pastor at Community Baptist Church in Ankeny, IA, and he begins his new ministry on Sunday.

Today was a bittersweet day for the students who know him, especially for those of us who have known him for several years. For almost a decade-and-a-half he has served as a dean at Faith. He started as Dean of Men and eventually became the Dean of Students. Read Full Post

The Simple Joys

Tonight at Master Club (the Wednesday night kids program at Heartland Baptist in Ames) one of the fifth-grade girls who I barely know came up to me and said, “A miracle happened this morning!”

I responded, “What?!”

She said, “My mom was released from prison!”

Me: “That’s so great! I’m glad to hear that!” Read Full Post


Well, after 10 summers on staff at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, God is leading me somewhere else this year. If you haven’t guessed already, this summer I am going to Brazil.

God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him there for seven weeks alongside Jim and Julie Leonard, long-time family friends. I am excited for this ministry and consider it a privilege to become acquainted with missions work in Northeast Brazil. For many years I have wanted to go on an overseas missions trip, but I just never felt God leading me that direction. Well, this summer He has! Read Full Post

Challenged to Give: A Flask of Spikenard and an Envelope of $101

What a wonderful day with Heartland Baptist Church! Today I was particularly challenged to be a sacrificial giver as a result of the message and a small child’s act of kindness.

Pastor Abell’s message today was from Mark 14:3-9. Mary, the sister of Lazarus came to a meal where Jesus was eating with his disciples and she anointed him with a jar of spikenard oil. Now, what is the significance of the spikenard? It was worth a whole year’s wages! Read Full Post

Drawing the Line: Being Picky

During seminary chapel on Tuesday, we were given a special treat. Mark Lounsbrough, filling in this week for an adjunct faculty member who was unable to come teach his module, shared the story of how God brought him on board as a faculty member at FBBC.

I have heard the story before, but it’s always a blessing to hear how God worked in the life of Mr. Lounsbrough to take him away from a ministry he dearly loved and place him in a new ministry that he fulfills so well. Read Full Post