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Nov/Dec 2015

  • gray areas
  • barely making it
  • you inspire me
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Tough Times

Rachel Starr Thomson

Paul learns to be content with whatever he has. Learn his secret in Philippians 4:12–13.

Where do you live?” That is a simple question, but sometimes it isn’t so easy to answer. How do you tell people that, at the moment, you are living…

11/20/15 at 02:40 PM

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Torie Seagraves

Teen Advisory Board Member

What hobbies or social issues are you passionate about?

“I have a passion for photography! I also have a need to help…

11/20/15 at 08:12 AM

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Barely Making It in North Carolina

Jennifer Calvin & Wesley Overhults

Sometimes, we believe that we are indestructible, invincible, and totally independent. We think we know more than our parents or teachers; and we don’t want anyone telling us…

11/19/15 at 02:01 PM


Kristee Ravan

They crowd at my door, pushing,
eager to see what I will unpack.
I am the new and interesting one,
the wealthy American with four suitcases.
I hide my annoyance, try not to…

11/19/15 at 11:42 AM

A Lesson to Remember

Sudha Khristmukti

Mustaq had unkempt hair and smelly feet. He wore the filthiest school uniform I had ever seen and carried a torn and perpetually dirty schoolbag, which contained equally…

11/19/15 at 07:58 AM


Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord.

Proverbs 19:17a (NIV)

In college, I participated in a ministry called Save Our Streets (S.O.S.). Every Saturday morning we caught a train into the heart of Chicago, walked up the steps from…

11/18/15 at 08:07 AM

On the Streets

Matthew Gattie

Sad gray running into neon lights,
I walk the city streets at night
in search of signs of life behind
the veil of life, so cold and blind
People’s faces, a darkened shade

11/17/15 at 07:04 PM

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Lauren Scandrett

Teen Advisory Board Member

When you were little,…

11/17/15 at 08:05 AM


Julie Pickering

Gasping for  breath,
another wave breaks over my head, choking me.
Don’t know how long I’ve been paddling here,
trying to survive the rapids.

There’s no one to hear my screaming.
Are my pleas out…

11/16/15 at 04:09 PM

Tough Decision?

I have been taught this general rule: If you are questioning whether or not you should do something, it is probably a bad idea. I have come to believe…

11/15/15 at 02:39 PM

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