INTRODUCTION For years, friends have asked, “When are you going to write your story? My answer thus far has been, “Oh! Sometime when I’m caught up with all the other priorities.” Since I’ve already written the biography of my parents in a two-volume set entitled, Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, and since I’ve squeezed in […]

16-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 16-Children Come to Jesus “Hurry up little ones,” a Mom was saying to three of her children as they hurried along the busy street. We don’t want to miss seeing Jesus. Let’s all hold hands so that we no one will get lost. As they hurried along more Moms and […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To our Friends and Loved Ones At the close of this year of our Lord, 2015 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16). Challenge: Brussels Alert This Christmas season struck the Mahars with a staggering impact as it coincided with the terrorist […]

12-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 12: The Birth and Childhood of Jesus The Annunciation The Bible tells us how Jesus left heaven to come to this world as a tiny baby. The story began when an angel, called Gabriel, appeared one day before a young girl whose name was Mary. Knowing how frightened she’d be […]

10-The Mystery of Childhood

Children in the Bible Part 9: The Boy King Josiah Eight-year-old Josiah was rubbing his sleepy eyes one morning when important people rushed into his room. The oldest of them bowed before him and said with a shaky voice, “The King Amon, your father has been killed this night so you, Prince Josiah, will be made king. […]

3-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 3: Moses Joseph was happy to have his family close to him in Egypt, and as the years went by and the little children grew up and became Mommies and Daddies in their turn, the family got bigger and bigger and soon there were many grandpas and grandmas, and […]

Christmas Wishes

 To our dear ones—far and near, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people”—Titus 2:11 ESV The Mahars are celebrating Christmas 2014 in a different way than usual. Instead of Christmas garlands on our front porch, and a Christmas tree in the window, we’ve reduced our decorating to a lighted manger […]

The Walls of Matende Church Rise…

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.—John Newton A Series of reports on the Summer 2014 CongoTrip The following is a series of reports from my brother, Clement (Bud) Kroeker, regarding his efforts in Congo this summer of […]


Congo Open Heart News summer 2014 Dear Friends, Please take a minute to think about the things we do automatically every day: Open a faucet for water, even hot water. Flush the toilet. Lift a glass of water to our lips without concern for the bacteria content. Push a button or a switch for light. […]

The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting CHILDREN IN THE BIBLE Introduction Most of us would agree that we had no control over the circumstances that preceded or led to our birth. We had no choice with regard to our parents, our genes, the location of our birth, our race or our socio economic circumstances. These were determined before we were conceived and without […]