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Epiphany Gained from My Dad’s Sharing

Epiphany Gained from My Dad’s Sharing

By S.Y. The following story is about a 20-year-old's experience in the Montana mountains, and her first time camping with her family. Our family rarely had any kind of sharing at home, but one night while camping outdoors, we had our sharing time and it became one of...

Life Lesson from a 9-Month-Old

Life Lesson from a 9-Month-Old

The following story is a reflection from a mother of a 9-month-old. Watching her son grow, she has realized that she grows because of how he lives – always pushing his limits, always learning, not afraid of challenges and pain, and never giving up.  “While we try to...

Putting Love into Action in the Community

Putting Love into Action in the Community

By Mike Yakawich My wife, Yukiko, and I have raised five children in Billings, MT. We had a wonderful journey living on the South Side where Yukiko and I started the ministry. It was a time of pioneering. We had to be creative, innovative and resourceful. Certainly,...

Grandma and Fevers

Grandma and Fevers

By T.J. Whenever my kids fall sick with a fever, I think about my paternal grandmother. In my life, I have only met her a handful of times but my few memories of her are filled with a sunny warmth and images of her small, cluttered house in Kyoto. When I first...

Extending Our Family Means Extending Our Hearts

Extending Our Family Means Extending Our Hearts

By Ken Bates There is often a significant event that becomes the "defining moment" for an individual or group. As a defining moment, it's some special occurrence or decision that makes a statement on who you are and what matters most to you. It may be overcoming...

A Precious Gift from My Aunt

A Precious Gift from My Aunt

By M.I. My life has been quite a journey so far, and yet there is still so much ahead of me. It's been hard sometimes, so it's been important that God was always with me, and I shouldn't give up. One of the main people who helped me realize that is my aunt. She taught...

MaMaw and the Extended Family Ideal

MaMaw and the Extended Family Ideal

By Mark Johnson How does one explain the deepest experiences of love through words? It is impossible, but we try our best. Our families provide a foundation for these experiences and are meant to continue and grow over time, and hopefully expand out to others. I was...

The Filial Heart My Younger Brother Showed Me

The Filial Heart My Younger Brother Showed Me

By Megumi Tateno  I have two younger brothers and this is a story of something that happened when I was 10 or 11 years old. One day, my brothers and I were at home without our parents. My brother—who was two years younger than me—and I got into a big fight. I do not...

My Grandmother’s Voice from on High

My Grandmother’s Voice from on High

By Alan Inman A couple of years after separating from my father, I turned about 5 years old and my mother made the painful decision to send my brother and me to live with Mama & Papa in Wilson, North Carolina. My mother was the 11th of 12 children and not so long...

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