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Sam has written 389 posts for Gospel Prism

The Hard, Vital Work of Waiting

Waiting is perhaps one of the most difficult practices of the Christian faith. But may I say it is one of the most important means of obedience to learn as a Christian. It is vital to our faith and every work of God in our lives and in the church is usually preceded by a [...]

The Messy but Marvelous Church

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing [...]

Africa in the News and in Our Hearts

Since we have been back, I have regularly checked in on news, any news regarding the continent of Africa. Thus far, I have read about: 1) The causes of the famine in the Horn of Africa, perhaps one of the most under-reported tragedies in a very long time. As George put it when we were [...]

A Merciful, Loving, and Faithful God Even When Trouble Comes

Lamentations 3:22-24 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” One thing about this text, we rarely see it in the context. And [...]

The Challenge of Having your Feet Washed

Hands has a wonderful tradition of saying goodbye to those who are leaving Hands, which I plan on emulating to some extent at Wellspring.  They say words of blessing to those who are leaving and they lay hands on the person and pray over them.  When we were leaving however, George, the founder of Hands, [...]

A Dire Dilemma

We made another round of visits to Belfast, a poor region in the eastern part of South Africa. And as we made our way up the home of a girl about 16 years, old we noticed she began to weep. She was sitting in a chair with her legs in knee striped stockings. We sat [...]

More Africa Thoughts and Some Pics

It’s been a good few days here in SA.  Just some quick thoughts… Church Shua and I have now attended our second South African church.  The name of the church was called Twozhill Church (the street name the church is on).  It’s part of the New Covenant denomination, a group mostly in the UK, Australia, [...]

No Blankets, No Food, No Clothing, Nothing

On a more sobering note, we heard from a couple of Volunteers today who went to visit an area that borders Swaziland and South Africa.  And there they met a woman who was dying of TB.  That is a tragedy in itself, but she has four children that she knows she will be leaving behind [...]

Sam and the Rat Killers

Nope, it’s not the name of a new punk rock group.  It’s me, Jack, and Elisabeth, the few brave souls of our family that are trying to kill the rat in the kitchen we use here at Hands.  We’ve already had to hunt down one mouse to our chagrin.  But now a big, fast rat [...]

AIDS and Racism in South Africa

I can’t wait for the day when there is no such thing as dreaded diseases like AIDS, there are no more orphans, and there is no racism.  It will be a day that far outshine any other day.  Yesterday, we went to visit a community where a Youth Day was being held.  It was essentially [...]



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