Stories

By the time I was fifteen years old, I had already experienced many of the things that parents warn their children against. First there was alcohol, then marijuana, and eventually the most dangerous drugs. As the consequences of this kind of lifestyle became more evident,...

I was born in Iran in 1979, at the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. It was a tumultuous time in my country. After the war with Iraq began a few years later, my parents decided it was time for them to leave so they...

My sister was mentally ill, but while I was growing up my parents believed she was just immature or strong-willed. Our entire family walked on eggshells in the hopes that we could avoid one of her violent outbursts or temper tantrums. We just wanted to...

I often find myself in unusual places, distant places, and remote areas. It’s in those places where I create lifelong relationships with local pastors so our congregation will be present in the lives of people around the world...

I used to be a nurse. A really good nurse. I cared for kidney-failure patients who came to me for dialysis multiple times a week. But when I saw the same patients each workday, I only cared about their immediate physical needs. I never saw...

Last summer my husband was working a lot, Bible study had ended, the kids were home, and I was feeling lonely. One night I was ho-humming to my husband. He looked up from his laptop and said, “Why don’t you just tell your friends you’re...

The word ’summer’ triggers something in me. In an instant, feelings and memories flood my mind. I hear summer-type music in my head (think Beach Boys), and the most pleasant feelings wash over me, including the feeling of “freedom!” This might be fueled from memories...

Many countries Northshore supports eat beans and rice for many, if not all, meals each day. So as a church, we took a challenge to sacrifice eating out, extra entertainment, and epic Costco runs to instead eat beans and rice for one week. We did...