Category Faith

Life, Death, and Reincarnation–Bali Style

What in the world are they making? I ask myself as we approach a young Balinese man standing atop a ladder, with two other young men assisting him.  The man on the ladder appears to be sewing the final touches on a larger-than-life bull piñata. With a quizzical look on my face, I ask “What […]

Kim Phúc: Vietnam War’s Napalm Girl

Everybody has seen the picture of Kim Phúc, the girl in the most famous photograph from the Vietnam War. But what everybody doesn’t know is her story, and how she made it out of Vietnam. We had hired a guide and a driver for the day to take us to some of Saigon’s most famous […]

Meditation with the Monk

I found myself in a half lotus position on a yellow circular pillow that was on a yellow, square mat. My thumbs were touching my middle finger. I was meditating trying to meditate like a Buddhist.  This wasn’t as easy as I’d expected. Maybe I should start at the beginning. We were visiting the Trúc […]

Back to My Baptist Roots…in Malaysia

We walked along Jalan Alor on a Friday night soaking it all in–the smells, the food, the culture, the chaos. Afterall, Jalan Alor is THE street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to experience street food. It is one big cultural smorgasbord of Asian ethnicities, all hawking their foods on one street. As we walked along trying […]

Celebrating Loi Krathong

In the ninth grade, my dad took a career aptitude test that told him he had great potential as a florist. Who knew that it would come true almost 40 years later? A round slice of banana tree trunk sat in front of us and flowers and banana leaves lay everywhere. We picked out exotic […]

Cathedral Crashing at St. Peter’s Basilica

I walked in a packed parade of singing Italians, dying to escape. Two wooden barriers trapped me in line as I was swept through the center of the church, trying not to look so out of place. Tourists were snapping pictures of this surprise parade, yet I wondered how I got stuck here. Italians stood […]

Cockroaches in Paradise

It’s midnight and I’m hanging in a hammock in a bamboo-floor hut somewhere in the Panamanian rainforest. Birds and bats flutter against the thatch roof, but my attention is on the beam six feet above my head. In the hammock next to mine, my 10-year-old daughter is chanting, “God is with me. God is with […]