Ethnicity, Reconciliation, & Justice

By Lisa Rieck

Ziel Machado knows what it means to persevere physically, spiritually, and vocationally. After a crisis of faith in his teenage years, he sensed God calling him to student ministry—and he’s been at it for over thirty years now. 

By Sandra Van Opstal
The combined aroma of arroz con gandules and urine-stained clothes smacked me across the face as I entered the shelter. Being a veteran to feeding the “needy,” I was accustomed to strong smells, but that day I regretted coming. Immediately, though, I heard God’s invitation from Luke 14:17, “Come, for everything is now ready.”
By Drew Larson
On my first day in Uganda on a mission trip, I was terrified of whatever the African equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge is. So I ate nothing my hosts prepared for me. On my second day, I ate a little rice. On my third day, I had some chicken and millet bread.
By Willie Krischke

Would Jesus eat frybread? That was the question 150 Native American students and staff from around the country gathered to discuss November 9–11 in Window Rock, Arizona (the capital of the Navajo nation).

By Sarah Orner
Showing hospitality by sharing a meal is one of my favorite ways to serve others. But I learned a lesson from Jesus in hospitality while my husband, Kevin, and I were living in a rural community in Panama with the indigenous Ngäbe.
By Adam Jeske
The extended family, the neighbors, and everyone else within earshot smiled and walked over. Our friend, James, and his brothers grabbed the rooster and a butcher knife. One of them slit the throat. The proverbial chicken with its head cut off ran around for a minute before receiving the second insult of being hung from a tree to drain. A fire was kindled, water boiled, feathers plucked, guts gutted.
By Amy Hauptman

There is a time for righteous anger—the kind of anger that drives us to stand against injustice and blatant racism. For some of us, racism is a daily experience. For others, racism seems virtually uncommon. 

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