Author Archives: Tina

Reflections – 5 years ago Today…

Today is one of the “memorial days” for our journey to Nigeria.  March 22, 2012 was the fateful day that we were on our way back to the airport to embark on our “missionary adventure”.  After deciding that, Yes, this is where God wants us, we can’t do it ourselves, the job is too big… Continue Reading

What can I do?

This week I want to tell you about something I have recently committed to.  I took the “Fair Pledge Challenge” from a non-profit group that Dan and I love called “Stories Foundation”. Here’s why I love this so much, here is the pledge I took. I pledge to think before I buy. To consider what… Continue Reading

My Friend, Phyllis

The year was 1996, we were moving from Rural Minnesota to “City Life”.  I was a bit scared, excited, and nervous.  I was moving into a whole lot of change.  As I have said before, I don’t do change well.  I would be homeschooling and staying at home.  My years teaching AWANA and Sunday School,… Continue Reading

Daddy Issues!

Think of these words, if we truly understand the impact of these words it is life-changing and life-giving. You’re a good good father It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are And I’m loved by you It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am Let me tell… Continue Reading

What About Christmas?

I am thinking this month about Christmas.  In our part of very rural Nigeria there are not really any reminders here that scream out, “Christmas is coming, you must hurry!”.  In fact I doubt if most of the people I know will receive any gifts, but will spend time with the family that they are… Continue Reading

Don’t Fence Me In!

These lilies are just beautiful and we have quite a few plants by the house here in Gembu.  Because our dogs Lady and Tramp think that flowers are better than bones to chew on, we have to put the fences up to keep the dogs out.  For some reason these lilies are always poking out… Continue Reading

An Attitude of Gratitude!

I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but we will be traveling and will not have much computer access so I decided to post about one of the things that has helped me immensely through my life and is relevant with Thanksgiving approaching. Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s I was a HUGE Oprah… Continue Reading


Today, November 11 is Dan’s 56th birthday.  My birthday had me reminiscing and now it’s time to tell you about this man that I married so very long ago and how I have seen God shape him into the person he is now. The first birthday I celebrated with Dan was his 19th birthday.  I… Continue Reading


 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand. We stayed at the State Park in Geshacka where I took this picture of these tree roots. … Continue Reading

God Can Use Chickens Too!

Yesterday the coolest thing happened! During staff devotions I sat next to an older woman holding a chicken. Now I know this is Nigeria, but typically people don’t bring their chickens to their appointments with them. After staff devotions, Grace, our Program Director talked with her and she told Grace that she brought the chicken… Continue Reading