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I Am a Quilt

These days I feel like I’ve been thrown in the washing machine, twisting back and forth, back and forth, agitation at every turn and then holding on as the spinning makes the blood rush to my head and threatens to spin my life completely out of control. But then comes a pause. A signal ending the cycle. A reminder that “though I am surrounded by troubles…the Lord will work out His plans for my life – for [His] faithful love…endures forever” (Psa. 138:7, 8 NLT). And I remember. Somewhere along the way I started thinking I was a prom dress […]

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Here We Go!

In a little over a week, Lisa and I will embark on yet another exciting, but terrifying, adventure. As my “cousin-in-law” Chris said, “every adventure is about 30% terror!” Easy for him to say. Truthfully, there is little risk without the unknown, and there is little faith without massive possibility of failure. We might be scared sometimes or a lot of the time, and fear can seem overwhelming, but we are forced to be courageous. “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer,” according to General George Patton. What we do at this point still takes courage, but it’s not […]

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Painting Layers

I find a misty well rising in my eyes these days. Stinging. Breaking. Falling. Like my heart. It’s because every tear holds a face, and every face holds my heart. Tears drip onto pages of my life and the colors bleed together, making forever indistinguishable what was once separate. I suppose this is what makes endings so hard. It seems that between the beginning and ending of things there is the messy bit called the middle. And, it’s in the middle where the tears and faces and hearts all bleed together like colors on the pages of my life. Endings […]

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Zambia Conference 2016 in Photos

  At this years Zamcon we witnessed a great move of God. The conference theme was Fervent Prayer Availing Grace. Pastor Scibelli, along with Pastors from seven different countries shared from the word of God. The highlight being the Saturday night session which included a graduation and a message on Brokenness by Pastor Scibelli. The churches of Southern Africa also came together to recognize and honor Pastor Scibelli for serving in his 30th year in Africa. Hope to see you next year! South African Worship Team Zambian Worship Team Pastor Martin Koti Pastor Emil Conan Pastor Daniel Timofte & Zimbabwe […]

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A Creative Adventure in Faith

Have you ever had someone recognize something in you that you couldn’t see or thought was insignificant about yourself? If so, it was probably someone who knows you really well like a parent, close friend, or mentor. But, what if it was a total stranger? Someone you have never met, but who was put in your path by no contrivance of your own. Things like that never happen to me. But, last month, it did. I’ve been wanting to write a post about the whole thing, but on top of it being rather busy around here and being sick, I felt […]

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Malawi Conference 2016 in Photos

MalawiCon 2016 was another significant event marking the continuation of God’s faithfulness to the work in Malawi. Pastor Scibelli, the Missions Director of Greater Grace Church, was the guest speaker for the conference and graduation. Fifty students graduated with either a two year certificate or three year diploma. Over three-hundred people were in attendance, filling the hall to maximum capacity. It was a great celebration as we watched God promote many young men and women in the faith. Find out more about Malawi at armanmissions.com and mattsliva.com

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The Barriers to Loving and to Being Loved

The Boy The other day I walked into town. It’s about a 20 minute walk. I like to walk into town because it’s a chance to be quiet. I can pray or take some time to hash things out in my mind that have been troubling me. A couple minutes into my walk, a little boy came up next to me and started asking me for money. He could not have been more than 4 or 5 years old. His little shirt and shorts were filled with holes, and he didn’t have shoes. If he had bathed in the last […]

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Stories: Katie Ngoma

  We first met this courageous lady as a group of us gathered around her bed in the post-surgical ward of a local Korean owned hospital. Hooked up to an IV that she monitored herself, she smiled wide at us while recounting the events that led up to her fifth (and thankfully, final) corrective surgery following the botched Caesarean section that brought her first and only child into the world. From that day we have watched her miraculous recovery and fearless confidence in God. For those of you who will understand this reference, she is the “Trish Watson” of our church […]

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Stitching Line upon Line

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) These days have been filled with stitching.  Needle pierces fabric; a tiny sword piercing flesh, “penetrating…the deepest parts of our nature.” Needle goes down, pulling crimson thread behind. Sword piercing flesh […]

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Chinsapo Bible Study Photos

Every Thursday we have a Bible Study in one of the poorest areas of Lilongwe. This was the first time Lisa and I went. We walked about a third of the way. On foot you can really get a picture of the lives people live here. The surprising thing is you still find people laughing and kids playing. Its hard to translate what we see into words but hopefully these pictures will give you a better idea what is like to be here. Kids are always interested to see us. A little wave or a thumbs up will make their […]