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Thy Life Is a Miracle September 18, 2017

“Thy life’s a miracle. Speak yet again.” – Shakespeare Wendell Berry writes of a scene in Shakespeare’s play King Lear where a proud man is left destitute and tries to leap from a cliff to end his life. Through his son’s clever trick his life is saved. His son then tells him, “Father, thy life’s a miracle. Speak yet again.” The point that Berry makes is that this amazing line serves to pull the man out of his despair and…

Touching the World September 5, 2017

Many who are new to Good Samaritan Ministries ask how they can be involved in supporting our International work. To this, we are happy to introduce the work of Satellites. But, what are Satellite Groups? The following excerpt comes from Bettie Mitchell’s book From the Bush to the Roots:     Maintaining relationship and support for ministry in 23 nations is a great challenge.  In 1994, GSM Founder, Bettie Mitchell cried out to the Lord, asking how to provide the support…

The Greatest Longing of the Heart August 2, 2017

There is a yearning so deep and profound that is surpasses the fun, frolicking activities that can easily fill warm summer days. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, listening for the Lord’s direction. The longing is to make a difference in this world, to bring encouragement, healing, and compassion to hurting people.   The word that came to my mind first, as I focused on the Lord, is a more basic yearning, for food, water, clothing, and…

Choosing Life – How to Talk about Suicide and Why You Should July 11, 2017

I remember the feeling of despair, when it seemed my life had no meaning, no purpose, nor value. As a 13-year-old victim of incest and a forced abortion, I felt only inconsolable pain. I could see nothing beyond the mountain of pain immobilizing me. I spoke of suicide, confiding in a friend about my despair. She encouraged me to choose to live and talked with my abuser about my fragile emotional state. That is when the almost nightly sexual assaults…

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