What God’s Doing in Northern Portugal

While what you read below isn’t all that God’s doing in northern Portugal, it gives you a little idea about what has gone on with our family and ministry lately. I wish that I could share more, but just know that His unseen hand is ever-present. Family It’s been a … There's More →


Best of…July

It’s been a few months since we’ve done a collection of “best of” links here on the blog. So, go with us on a trip down memory lane. For those of you who don’t know, Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops … There's More →


#1 Thing I Don’t Miss

On our way back to the house after a few hours on the beach, Michael and I were talking about how cool it is to slip away on a Monday morning to lay in the sun on a deserted beach.  It takes us about 8 minutes to get there.  It’s … There's More →


…in the hands of a mighty man…

Having 5 kids in Portugal makes you a lot of things. Don’t bother with what reality says, perception contradicts her. Having 5 kids definitely makes you a lot of things, pleasant or not. Having 5 kids at 38, in Portugal makes you even more things. If I were 88 with … There's More →


3 Things Every Missionary Should Know

Long before a missionary ever arrives on the foreign field, years of investment and preparation have already gone into the work. Statistics tell us that on average, it takes a missionary family 3-5 years to raise the necessary support to sustain them and a church plant on the foreign field. … There's More →


My pastor called me last week

My pastor called me last week. When the phone rang, I had just finished fussing about how much I had to get done before leaving for church that evening. I had about an hour before I needed to walk out the door, but when I heard his voice, I didn’t … There's More →


Book Review – Accidental Missionary

I apologize to those of you who don’t like reading “boring” book reviews, but I’ve just finished two books. Having shared with you my thoughts on Called to Stay (by Caleb Breakey), on Tuesday, I’d love to share with you my review of a book called, Accidental Missionary today. Tomorrow … There's More →


Perelhal, Portugal – Where we live

This post is for FringeGirl, who recently wrote about where she lives. I’m not trying to copy her or out-do her. She encouraged me to write this. Her father is Portuguese, and I would love to meet him one day.   Widows walk the cobblestone roads in all black where … There's More →


Dill or Deli

“Pastor Meeeshael?” inquired the voice on the other end of my cell phone. “Michael, sim.” I declared, wondering exactly who was calling and why. And, like a racehorse, she was off. Marilena (I found out her name at the very end of the conversation) with full force began winding me … There's More →


The Best of…February

Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops and starts and several iterations. With the increasing popularity and ease of Facebook along with the challenge of 5 kids in school, the ministry…etc, blogging has stopped being as much of a priority as it … There's More →


Não Sou Fadista (I’m Not a Fadista)

Meet Marla Amastor, the resident fadista at La Tasca Restaurant where Nina and I celebrated Valentine’s Day. I wrote about our outing with Tapas and Fado yesterday and promised to “review” the second part of our date that consisted of the performance. Go there first and read about the Tapas … There's More →


Poland? Portugal? What’s the difference?

What do Poland and Portugal have in common? 4 letters. P,o,l and a. While that may confuse Vanna White or Pat Sajak, I really don’t think that it should confuse the Vice-President of the United States of America. But, it did. According to The Telegraph, VP Joe Biden confused the … There's More →


Unreached people groups

I’ve struggled with writing this all day long. Just typing the very phrase “unreached people groups” convicts me. It carries a certain dark jungle, Jim Eliot connotation with it, when in fact that is not at all what it means. That kind of situation would more properly be defined as … There's More →


‘Not so’ Wordless Wednesday

Four years ago today, my children went to school as usual. Once they entered the school yard gate some students and workers began chanting…”Obama, Obama, Obama!” I wonder what they will have to endure today?


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