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Gospel for Asia Works to Lower the Suicide Rate in India and You Can Help

By Sandra |

The Associated Press reported a study carried out in a South Asian community from 1992-2001: The average suicide rate for women 10-19 years old was 148 per 100,000, while globally, the suicide rate is about 6.8 per 100,000. That’s over 21 times the global rate.  Among young to middle-age women in some regions of India, the suicide rate is 10 times … Read more

How Being a Pastor’s Wife Is Different (and How It Isn’t)

By Sandra |

TLC has a reality show called The Sisterhood. It follows the lives of pastors’ wives in Atlanta, Georgia. These “first ladies” are on display for not only their congregations, but for world as well. Why would the lives of pastors’ wives be interesting enough for a TV audience? This “honor” is usually reserved for duck hunters, crocodile catchers, mothers … Read more

When You’re Feeling Restless

By Sandra |

I’ve been feeling restless lately. I blame it on the cold weather, being sick for most of January, the adoption process taking so much longer than we anticipated, and not traveling anywhere lately because we’ve put it all on hold for the aforementioned adoption. My recent restlessness caused me to get a {fake} nose ring. … Read more

Is Your Church Single-Mom Friendly?

By Sandra |

According to a Pew Research study on motherhood in America, 41% of babies born in 2008 were to single mothers (up from 28% in 1990). How is the church, and specifically those of us who minister to women, going to help these moms?  First, we need to realize single moms are a growing demographic. Even if you … Read more

What I Really Need This Lenten Season: Depending on Jesus

By Sandra |

It’s hard for me to remember life before Jesus. I remember turning to Him at a young age. I remember trusting in Him to forgive my sins, to keep me from dating the wrong boys, and to help me make major life decisions. But now that I’m in a fairly uneventful day-to-day routine, sometimes I … Read more

After Ten Years Together

By Sandra |

Ten years ago my husband asked me to marry him. He got down on one knee with my middle school students looking out the windows of our classroom. He had his basketball team holding signs that spelled out, “Will U Marry Me?” He got down on one knee, and . . .  honestly, everything after … Read more

Around the World Giveaway

By Sandra |

February is the month for love! To celebrate, we’re spreading some love around the world with a giveaway for you! “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 You could win: Love Mercy Farmhouse Charcoal Tote from Mercy House Kenya Copy of the book, Operation World (it’s how we start each day) … Read more

Status Update: February

By Sandra |

Some of my favorite bloggers do status updates each month so we can get a glimpse into their day-to-day lives. I hope to add to the fun each month with my own updates. Here’s what’s happening around here as we kick-off February: Praising God January is over, and hoping not to repeat the doctor and ER visits … Read more

Making It Home, When It Really Isn’t “Home”

By Sandra |

We recently went to Chick fil A for dinner. When we walked in, a couple I didn’t know walked up to my husband, calling him Pastor Lee. They asked about how I was feeling, if I had passed my kidney stone, and how our adoption process was going. Honestly, I was still waiting for, “Hi, … Read more

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By Sandra |

One of the goals of Impact it to raise your awareness of the callings God has placed on others, and connect you with them to make a greater impact. Each month I’ll be doing this by highlighting a ministry opportunity. January is human trafficking awareness month and the perfect time to help shine some light on ministries … Read more

How We Start Each Day: Praying for the World

By Sandra |

Lee and I are trying to give our boys a big world view. We want them to love and reach the nations. We’re even okay with them growing up to be  missionaries. That’s why we start each day by praying through Operation World. Operation World gives facts about each country in the world and lists prayer requests for … Read more

My One Verse for 2013

By Sandra |

This year, instead of picking one word, I’m picking one verse. In 2009 it was grace. In 2010 it was self-control. In 2011 it was humility. In 2012 it was joy. This year, instead of picking just one word, I’m picking one verse. One verse that will guide me in making decisions. One verse that will … Read more