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December 3, 2018

Encounters: The Christmas Lamp, Thailand 1945

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For a year Anna valiantly carried on with the plantation work, taking a few minutes each day to cut a fresh bouquet of roses to place in front of her husband’s portrait. She had no idea if he was dead or alive; in fact, Ferdinand had been captured...

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November 8, 2018

Encounters: Just Mercy

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We were processed with welcome courtesy and led through a courtyard to a visiting unit not unlike the many I had entered over a couple decades of prison ministry. But this time it was different; I was there not to visit someone else’s son, but to...

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October 1, 2018

Encounters: Melbourne, October 2012

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Though we live over a thousand kilometres north of Melbourne, we have returned to Friends of Dismas again and again. Why? Who would want to sit among people who have inflicted heinous injury to the minds, bodies, and souls of humans made in the...

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August 16, 2018

Encounters: Glen Innes, New South Wales August 2018

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The whole place resounds with the old hymns or the timeless spirituals born of suffering but pointing to liberation, restoration, and release.

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