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Praying for Dreams

Posted by on 3-03-18 in Stories | Comments Off on Praying for Dreams

One of my first introductions to a Muslim was out in Phoenix- a Somali man who I was told had dreamed about Jesus. It was quite exciting! Ever since then, I have heard and read stories about Muslim friends having dreams about Jesus and how this is a tremendously impactful part of their journey towards the Kingdom of God. I have been praying for God to grant dreams and visions to my friends (Christian and Muslim) ever since. For the most part, I haven’t had any of my friends tell me that they had a dream specifically about Jesus…...

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Highs and Lows in Sharing Jesus

Posted by on 2-02-18 in Stories | Comments Off on Highs and Lows in Sharing Jesus

The other night I spent a few hours visiting with one of my friends from Syria. We were having a fun conversation about different aspects of life here and back in Syria and I had the opportunity to bring up a story about Jesus that had been meaningful to me that week- specifically the story of Jesus in John 6- starting with the multiplication of the bread and fish and culminating with Jesus declaring, “I am the bread of life…” What’s even better- instead of broken communication through English, they were able to read it...

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The Christmas Story

Posted by on 12-12-17 in Stories | Comments Off on The Christmas Story

I told a Syrian elder friend of mine and his family that it was a family tradition of mine to read through the “Christmas story”- the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2. My family did a ‘choral reading’ each year where we would each take turns with different parts of the story. I think we even did it in front of our church one year… thanks, Mom and Dad? I told my friend that I would be honored if I could share the story (sans choral reading) with him and his family and I would like to hear the...

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The Kingdom of God is like…

Posted by on 12-12-17 in Stories | Comments Off on The Kingdom of God is like…

The people in our apprenticeship this year were given the assignment of coming up with ‘modern parables’ for the Kingdom of God. Jesus spoke in language that connected with His generation – how can we explain what the Kingdom of God is like to people today? Here are some of their creative explanations. The Kingdom of God is like… …a thrift store- all the good things and bad things are gathered, but when the buyers come, the good ones will be taken home and the rest will be sent to the landfill. …a baby...

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The Elder Reads for the First Time

Posted by on 11-11-17 in Stories | Comments Off on The Elder Reads for the First Time

I was sitting in a circle chatting with a few of the refugee families the other night, including one of the men who is recognized as an ‘elder’ of this small community of refugee families. I asked if I could share one of the stories I had recently read from the Holy Books, and they said yes. I recanted one of the stories of Jesus doing something amazing in the Gospels- I love doing that!- and when I finished, one of the younger boys (who speaks much better English) tried to translate some of the story. At that point, I remembered...

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The Kingdom of God is like a Birthday Party

Posted by on 11-11-17 in Stories | Comments Off on The Kingdom of God is like a Birthday Party

One of the young Arab guys invited me to his birthday party- super fun, right? I put it on the calendar and was looking forward to it for the weeks leading up to it. He confirmed a few times in advance that I was planning to be there and I asked him a few questions like, “what do you want to do? Who are you inviting? How can I help?” and got a few answers. An hour or so before the party, I started getting calls from him on saying, “can you pick this friend up?” “that friend isn’t coming anymore” and I...

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Packing up, moving out!

Posted by on 9-09-14 in Home, Moving, Photos, Thoughts | Comments Off on Packing up, moving out!

It’s September 15th. This is our last week living in the LC (our apartment complex) It’s been over 2 years for me. 3 years for Luke and 7 months for Layla. I’ve moved many times within state and I dread the last-minute packing that always seems to happen, so to get ahead of things I started packing 3 weeks ago! I’m crazy I know, but it makes me feel better to be ahead. The downside of this is living among boxes and clutter and eating a diet of frozen burritos and random perishables which I don’t want to toss when...

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Spring 2014 Orientation Prayer

Posted by on 4-04-14 in Prayer | Comments Off on Spring 2014 Orientation Prayer

We believe that prayer is going to play a vital role in our Short-Term Training for the summer interns heading overseas. We are thrilled to invite friends and family to partner with us through prayer during this orientation! The training will take place on April 11, 12, and 13, here in Phoenix, Arizona. We have young people attending who will head afterwards to different places, including: the Arab Gulf, India, West Africa, the Middle East, and more. They will be overseas for between 6 weeks and 2 months. We need your prayers! This time...

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Layla’s Birth Story

Posted by on 2-02-14 in Stories | Comments Off on Layla’s Birth Story

Our daughter, Layla Hope Sjogren, was born 9 lbs. 1 oz. on February 3, 2014, for the glory of God. We are humbled by His provision of a daughter for us and so excited to see the woman she will one day become. This blog is as much for me to remember years from now as it is for you to hear about how God brought our daughter into the world. Here is the story of her birth. Thursday We were planning on giving birth at a birthing center, Babymoon Inn, here in Phoenix. We knew that they had a ’42 week deadline’ and once you passed that...

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‘Kairos Moment’

Posted by on 1-01-14 in Thoughts | Comments Off on ‘Kairos Moment’

Sometimes focusing on the day-to-day things that are happening can be suffocating. There are aches and pains in the body, different little stresses in my relationship with my beautiful wife, and the waiting-for-what-feels-like-forever for our baby girl to arrive (granted, in her defense, she’s only 38.5 weeks). But then I read the About page on our website and was reminded of the incredible way God has brought me to the place I am today. I started as a homeschool kid growing up in a conservative Christian household (not a bad thing) with...

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