Many Stories – One God

Many Stories - One God

A missionary, a young guy, an army guy and a preacher walk into a bar… I mean walk into the mountains.
And God was there. Halfway across the world, in mountain villages, with people who speak different languages, God was there. They trekked down and up the mountain and over skinny bridges and skinny paths with steep dropoffs. They got bumped by donkeys into the rocks, and rocks thrown at them by monkeys as they walked along. And everywhere they went, God was there.

These guys prepped for the trip as best they could. They worked out, they lost weight, they walked miles and miles to get ready. They bought stretchy pants and sturdy boots. Backpacks, hats, water bottles and lip balm. They were as ready as they could be for the physical toll and logistics of the trip. But they couldn’t be ready for the stories that God had prepared for them. All they could do is go with soft hearts, open eyes and willing hands.

The stories are many as the plan was fluid. They went by way of the Spirit praying, listening, asking for the next step. Go this way or that way? Keep walking or stop? They shared testimonies and preached. They listened to testimonies and worshipped in a language they didn’t understand. And God was there. They met incredible men and women of God who have lived hard and faithful lives, who have joy in their suffering.
They became vessels as God’s love flowed out of them and into them, as they interacted with those on the other side of the world.

God is a storyteller. He weaves everyone’s story in and out of each others’
to make us one.
The mystery of the Trinity: One God in three. Father, Son and Spirit reflected in the Body. Many parts – many stories from Minnesota to Nepal, yet One God. One Spirit.

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…” I Corinthians 11:12-13



  1. Beautifully written Julie!!

  2. And in spite of their fatigue, they prayed for a guy they knew back home! Their prayers were answered!!

  3. Lynn Lindstrom : April 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I always get goose bumps – and often tears – when I read your stories. Thank you for them!

  4. Shorty Affolter : April 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I’m proud and glad to be a part of a Church body which has so many
    men to go across the world to spread the word of Christ.To have a
    missionary who is who has developed such a close relationship with
    people who don’t even speak our language and yet we and they are able
    to make a difference in each others lives.Like Lynn says,I almost get
    goosebumps also,because it feels so good to be associated with these
    men and their families.Thank all of you at Living Waters for also making
    our lives so much greater than they would have been without all of you
    in our lives.Shorty and Trudy

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