In a radio interview last week, I was asked about the meaning of my website name: From Ashes to Beauty. The title is based on Isaiah 61:3: “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done,” I Chronicles 16:8. Thank you so much for your prayers for our fall 2013 Ethiopia team. Excited to share how God provided
Are you weak, bankrupt, starved, in despair? God is looking for people who are PHDs: poor, hungry, and desperate. If you are in this category, you are just the type of person God wants. God’s choice to empower weak
Dear Prayer Partners,
“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Romans 12:6 (LB)
Thanks for your prayers. We are now back in Addis. So excited, relieved, encouraged, and thrilled to be at this
I love Christian music. Recently, I heard a song called Empty Me. It really encouraged me, and I hope it does the same for you (watch it performed live below). It’s about how to walk in the spirit. I’ve
Dear friends and family,
Thanks for your prayers. Great news! I have received my third bag—your prayers are answered. This has been a minor distraction. We have seen God’s hand provide. Megan and I retrieved the bag from the Bole
Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for your prayers. God is strengthening me as I write this. It’s 1 a.m. Sunday morning in Addis. I’ve got jet lag (awake in the middle of the night), so thought I would make
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The second thing I did as a single parent was: remind myself of my identity in Christ.
There’s a big difference between who you are in yourself and who you are
October 17, 2009, I became a single parent. My husband of 28 years, Pastor Paul Giesbrecht, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. From the horrible day he died, I was forced to make all major decisions for my
“How could church people be so mean?” I thought to myself. Just a few hours earlier, my pastor-husband had been told to turn in his resignation. Now, I was the sole supporter of our little family of four with