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By Ann Chen
“For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5
Growing up, I’ve heard God described in many ways. Father, Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Redeemer, Husband. I’ve seen God demonstrate himself in so many ways as the first few, but husband? It’s such a hard concept to grasp. Continue Reading »
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By Tina Teng-Henson
When my husband John and I really grow up, I hope we’re like our maternal grandparents.
On his side, MeMe and PawPaw shared 65 years of life and marriage together– raising four children in Louisville, Kentucky – who all went on to meaningfully serve Christ and kin in academia, business, and missions. Continue Reading »
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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo
I was only a sophomore in high school, and preaching was one of the activities we had to do during a twelve-week discipleship class at church. I took the assignment quite seriously. Sure, the sermon wasn’t even mine since the requirement was to take one of my youth pastor’s sermons and preach from it, but I was the one up on the “pulpit”–a holy place where only the ordained ministers and laity could go up. Continue Reading »
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By Wendy Choy-Chan
It was a happy Easter Day, a happy sunny day, and also a happy baptism day. My girl stood in front of the whole church to proclaim her love for Jesus, her desire to get baptized, and her joy of having Jesus in her heart.
Sadly, it was also a fever day for her, as we had failed to rid her of the nasty fever that had started two days ago. Continue Reading »
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By Diana Gee
I did not know my maternal grandmother well. Come to think of it, I did not know any of my grandparents well. Both my grandfathers died when I was young, and language barriers kept me from conversing with my paternal grandmother, even though she was present throughout most of my life.
My mother’s mother, Poh Poh as I would call her, came into my life in the early 90s. Continue Reading »
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By Tina Teng-Henson
I wonder if there’s a season in ethnic identity development where you feel like “your” ethnicity has the corner on all the tough stuff: Asian Americans have toxic shame…why can’t we communicate more directly?…Chinese immigrants are frugal to a fault (“cheap!”)…notoriously conflict-avoidant…always saving face.
Recently, I mediated a conflict between an Asian friend and a Latina friend – both dear to me, both unique and beautiful in their own right. Somehow, they’d become the best of friends in the fall – but then by December, something had shifted, and their friendship ended as unexpectedly as it began. Continue Reading »
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By Elizabeth Chang
Turkey, Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo on a roll.
Trampoline. Continue Reading »
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