Paradise and Hell In a Day…

Yesterday I looked out my front door and saw a group of seedy tourists, accompanied by local prostitutes, enjoying good food and drinks.

The same evening I watched the waves of the Indian Ocean roll up to my backyard while the waxing moon peaked the evening sky.img_4346

We live in a world that stares paradise and hell directly in the eyes. How do I to reconcile this dichotomy without nearly having a panic attack? Those of you who know me well, know that panic is something I have to control on a daily basis. Maybe you can relate…

The truth is, I want to run in the opposite direction of the innumerable instances of sex-tourism I see each day. I want to grab my husband, sons and daughters, lock down a force field and get away from this sick, sick world. But I know that’s not the answer…that’s not the solution…Lord help me know what is…img_4604

The island of Nosy-Be is a paradise; it’s a unique piece of land surrounded by vibrant coral reefs… a place that I dreamed of when I was a child. There are moments when I’m in awe of God and his creation, amazed that He has called us to this place and time in our lives, but in the same day I can be immensely disgusted by Satan and the chains of darkness he has bound around the necks of so many.

We need your prayers as we seek to live the Gospel in our home, our village and this island. It’s easy to remind myself that God has called us to be a light in the darkness; to stand up for injustice; to sit with sinners. But it’s a whole other reality to live out that calling when facing the darkness and the light appears only to faintly flicker.

God, use my children, my husband, use me to glorify you in this place…