Category Archives: StandingBeside

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


This is me, I am Tina, I love Diet Pepsi and good coffee and conversation!  Tomorrow is October 9.  I will be 53, but not until tomorrow lol!  This has got me in a reflective mood today and I thought I would share it with you. When I was a child I was in my… Continue Reading

What is Gastroschisis?

Gastroschisis (pronounced gas-troh-skee-sis) is a birth defect of the abdominal wall. The baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s body, through a hole beside the belly button. This week I wanted to inform you of something I have learned about recently because of this little patient that was brought to us at a day old.… Continue Reading

Days For Girls

I haven’t really told you how much I LOVE talking to women and girls!  When I go to schools, churches, womans’ Quranic schools I am so excited and energized!  Of course it is much easier when there is not a language barrier as I can speak so much more freely with women and girls one… Continue Reading

This World is Not my Home

This past month has been a weird one in my little world.  Friends and loved ones dealing with biopsies, cancer, death, family dealing with mental health issues,  divorce, grief.  Financial issues all over this world.  Death and sickness here in Nigeria as well as the enormity of the task before us. After 27 years of… Continue Reading

Home Assignment 2016

Well it is past time to let you know what happened over our home assignment this year. We arrived in the States May 1 and left on July 27.  Here is what we did while in the United States this year. We met with the Bethel staff and volunteers that are working on computerizing the… Continue Reading


Friends, this is a picture Dan took for me this week with a young lady that works with an NGO here in Nigeria providing free family planning services and training.  In an area where mother and infant mortality are so high and knowledge is so limited on these subjects I thought it was awesome that… Continue Reading