I was going to write a post about something completely different today, but then the mail came this morning. Nike barked at the mean man for daring to deliver a package, and I went out in my pajamas (yes, it was 10:30, and I was still pajama-clad) and pulled the package inside. I eagerly opened it – getting mail is always exciting!
First American Missionaries
1. George Lisle – I was always taught that Adoniram Judson was the first American missionary, and he is the first entry to pop up when you google that phrase. However, if you look closely at his Wikipedia page, you’ll notice that it says he’s the first Caucasian American missionary. That’s because George Lisle, a former slave, left America to become a successful missionary in Jamaica 30 years before Judson was sent to Burma. How did I just hear of him 4 days ago?
One of my fears throughout my twin pregnancy was that I wouldn’t recognize the signs of labor when they came. Every mom that heard me say this laughed at me. “Oh, you’ll know!” Even the nurses I met in the hospital the week I was on bed rest reassured me. “Contractions will stop you in your tracks.”
Well, they were wrong.
Racial Reconciliation Sunday
1. This past Sunday was Racial Reconciliation Sunday for churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. While we never miss Orphan Care Sunday or Sanctity of Life Sunday, it’s not uncommon for Racial Reconciliation Sunday, another important step towards valuing and serving all people as God’s image-bearers, to go unnoticed in our churches. In honor of RRS, here’s an eye-opening article chronicling Lori Lakin Hutcherson’s experiences growing up as a black middle-class American. Though I rarely think of myself as privileged because of my skin color, Lori’s stories made it clear that it’s often what isn’t there in my own experiences that reveal my privilege.
A few years back, my friend Sarah Jo posted about a tradition that she and her husband have for Valentine’s Day. Every year, she buys him a children’s book and embellishes it and writes notes in it and gives it to her husband as a sort of love letter.
1. Q Ideas – This is a fascinating website that explores how Christians should react to a wide variety of topics, and how we can try to engage and change the culture around us. I recently listened to this talk about the Syrian refugee crisis, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of their hundreds of articles and talks. Being informed about our world & cultures outside of our small spheres of experience is an important step in evangelism.
Over Christmas, my very talented cousin Rebecca (you might remember her from the embryo transfer) took some maternity pictures of me. I was only about 22 weeks along, so I wasn’t showing that much, but she still managed to get some beautiful shots.
I’m totally going to lose the church chili cook-off this Fall now that I’m writing such a prideful blog post, but it’s time for the world to know the secret to success…. at a Southern Baptist church chili cook-off at least. But just remember, pride before the fall.
My recipe was also featured on All She Cooks a few years back, here’s that link if you’re interested!
Sending Christ’s Love
1. For the Nations Refugee Outreach – Some people who used to be members of our church (CCC Yukon) now work with For the Nations Refugee Outreach in Dallas. This past week they posted on Facebook about an opportunity to serve these refugees by writing them letters. We would encourage you to send loving gospel-centered words to these people who are now surrounded by strangers, trying to learn a new culture and language.