The Note

Written: Oct. 15, 2016 It is amazing what can be in your house that you never notice…Raouf had laminated a small piece of paper and stuck it in the frame of his seminary diploma. Trust me, I have never paid any attention to it. It is written in his “not very illegible” Arabic handwriting. This … More The Note


Written April 3, 2016 I had the privilege of sitting between my two sons today (as we took care of the video and sound) as we watched our Arabic Baptist Church family celebrate 5 years of ministry in Murfreesboro. It was a bittersweet day, as they heard beautiful words shared about the role of their … More Celebrations

The 52nd Wednesday

We count the days till Christmas or our birthdays (at least when we’re young), or till our children come home for a visit (when we’re old), but I think the only time we count the days  from something is death. For the past year, I found myself counting the Wednesdays…since it was on a beautiful … More The 52nd Wednesday

The Annual Physical

This morning I went in for my annual physical. I love my doctor, Kim Shannon, not only because she’s a great doctor, but because we’ve known each other since we were young — so we’re good friends. I have not been looking forward to this day, not because I have anything wrong with my physically, … More The Annual Physical

Going First

Written: Nov 28, 2015 I had an interesting thought this morning during my quiet time with the Lord. I thought: “Raouf is always leaving me to pack up and join him later!” When he had to leave Egypt and went to the States, I packed the house and saw the boys through the end of … More Going First

What’s Next?

Today, Nermine was helping me finish translating the last of Raouf’s journal notes for the book I’m writing. The majority of the entries of the past 25 years were stories of each person he led to the Lord and the circumstances of their conversion. However, the last entry, written in 2012 said: I asked the … More What’s Next?