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Toward the end of their first whirlwind missionary campaign, Paul and Barnabas circled back through what is now Albania and Turkey “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.’” (Acts 14:22)

On the wall facing my desk at home there is a famous photo of lighthouse about to be engulfed by towering waves.  But it stands firm, a beacon in the darkness. 

Today, Renee and I arrived in another country in the Middle East to come alongside our leaders here. 

Today I begin a 3 ½ week trip to 3 countries in the Middle East.  I confess that I’m feeling anxious and inadequate and under-prepared. 

Remember that scene in the “Lord of the Rings” where the warrior princess Arwen rescues Frodo from the dark riders?