Reid Satterfield lay on the floor of his mud hut, feeling the life bleeding out of him. Surprisingly, he felt a tremendous peace about dying. Then the Lord spoke to Reid: “You’re not going to die. Ask me to stop the bleeding.”
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Today, Craig Detweiler is the author of five books. Back in 1984, Craig was in InterVarsity at Davidson College when a friend invited him to come to Urbana. At the time, Craig had no idea what Urbana was.
Most of us have in mind an absence of restrictions when we think of freedom. We are free when we are able to do what we like, choose what we want, and decide for ourselves. But this definition of freedom is dangerously deceptive in its simplicity.
The seasons I have spent intentionally memorizing Scripture sustained me and shaped me in some profound ways as I sought to do good and honor Christ in Nicaragua, China, South Africa, and the United States.
I’ve gone to Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Nicaragua, South Africa, Lebanon, and Thailand for trips of a few days to a few years. I’ve tried a lot of different approaches, but here’s what I now bring when I’m crossing an ocean.
I’ve been able to make photographs on the streets of Hong Kong, Dubai, Thailand, and Lebanon this year. I am a photographer, and I love it. But I know all too often the process of taking pictures can inhibit communication and relationships (and thus ministry). Here are some things to think about as you enter another culture and want to take photographs.
1. The ability to discern God's will comes from being transformed. As Paul says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Through their excruciating pain, through the weight of their trauma, they don’t resent the call to suffer that God has put upon their shoulders but rather welcome it. They celebrate it, and they feel honored by it. These refugees are indeed proudly part of the “nation of the cross.”