Category Archives: Prayer Letter

George Müeller’s Fundraising Dudes

Here we begin a really awful fundraising letter. Nothing dire is going to happen if you don’t act, now. No jobs will be lost, and no hard decisions will need to be reached. Programs will remain in force. No one is going to starve. Nothing will be shuttered. The only brink at which we stand […]


Let Us Not Hold Back!

Enlarge the place of your tent,  and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords     and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,     and your offspring will possess the nations     and will people the desolate cities. Fear not for […]


While They Were Worshipping

Two weeks ago, we held our ninth annual Bethlehem College & Seminary commencement ceremony. It was a glorious, worshipful celebration of the goodness and mercy of God and of the perseverance of the students who were graduating. We had 55 students graduate that evening. Each year, the commencement ceremony is a deeply satisfying moment in […]


The Weightiness of God

God is a perfect judge, a flawless and omniscient inspector. And, in Christ his Beloved Son, he mercifully loves us. Because God judges every word, thought, and deed, everything counts. Meanwhile, not everything counts the same. Something matters more than whether we pile up academic credits, letters after our names, or journal articles we have […]


The Mission of God and Bethlehem College & Seminary

The mission of God is to unite all things in Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, he has redeemed a new humanity rescued from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, so that we might enjoy and praise the glory of God’s grace. This worship begins at our conversion, increases through the […]


Peacemaking Among Generations

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9 According to the schema conceived by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their 1991 book, Generations, there are now seven generations of living Americans: the “Greatest Generation” that survived the Depression, won the Second World War, and bested the Soviet […]


For the Sake of Christ’s Name

Dear Bethlehem College & Seminary Friends, As you have now heard, I have accepted a call to a new ministry post. We are so thankful for what God has done in us and through us at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and we both celebrate the strong leadership God has put in place and have high […]


In Him All Things Hold Together

A few years ago, when my husband Rick and I came to help Bethlehem College & Seminary raise scholarship money, I was most familiar with the seminary.  One of our sons had graduated from it, and we had fallen in love with one of his roommates from Cameroon and “adopted” him into our family. In […]


My Son Finally Met His Ethiopian “Brother”

My son was six when he and I were out in our garage building bunkbeds for him and his soon-to-be brother. Then we got the call…. “There have been complications, and you are not allowed to adopt Cherinet.” He was only one week away from becoming a DeRouchie. Now our hearts ached, and we were […]


Planting and Watering as God Gives Growth

We are writing to let you know that, while we concluded the 2018 calendar year having received, by the grace of God, the greatest outpouring of generous giving in our history, we remained slightly more than $500,000 short of fully funding Serious Joy Scholarships for the students presently enrolled in this academic year. We are […]