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Why don’t you give something?

Why don’t you give something?

Koos Stenger

When I first saw him coming down the street I was tempted to look away. He was ugly, dirty, and clearly asking for money. Maybe if I would just look the other way, he wou... »

The recycling business

The recycling business

Koos Stenger

I was amazed when I saw the colorful, intricate constructions on a YouTube video. Tiny houses, barely bigger than a doghouse, with doors, round little windows, and slante... »

Earthly possessions

Earthly possessions

Koos Stenger

I have always been a dog person. I grew up with dogs, and even later in life when my wife and I served as missionaries, we felt a dog was a necessary addition to our hous... »

What really counts

What really counts

Koos Stenger

I dreamed that I was invited to a luxurious banquet. Everything around me shone with glory and splendor. Crystal goblets were filled with the best wines and all my favori... »

Nothing to fear

Nothing to fear

Koos Stenger

My worst fears came upon me the day I landed in the hospital. I dreaded entering the huge, ominous health factory, where impersonal doctors would study my symptoms with a... »

All will be well

All will be well

Koos Stenger

While surfing the internet, I stumbled upon a Positive Outlook test. I consider myself a fairly positive person, with some room for improvement, but I was curious to see... »

Father to the fatherless

Father to the fatherless

Koos Stenger

“God is your father,” the young man said. “He came down at Christmas in human form. Through Jesus, you can know what God is like.” He looked at me with hopeful eyes, but... »

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Koos Stenger

“The conclusion”—the speaker said in a booming voice—“is simple. Thank God for the small things in life. Don't look for the millions, but be thankful for the cents.” Ever... »

The hiding place

The hiding place

Koos Stenger

When I was born, only a few years after WW2, Holland was still getting back on its feet, and the aftermath of the war and occupation was still visible. I grew up hearing... »

He cares!

He cares!

Koos Stenger

I had sung Frank E. Graeff’s hymn, “Does Jesus Care?” many times before and always felt comforted by its grace and beauty. But the words really came to life after our one... »

A world of silence

A world of silence

Koos Stenger

When I open the front door, I am overwhelmed by the silence outside. How absolutely quiet the world has become! Usually there is at least some noise and movement at this... »

Following the star

Following the star

Koos Stenger

Every Christmas I picture the three wise men as they traveled through the desert in pursuit of that mysterious star. I can visualize them crossing the hot, sandy deserts... »

A card full of hope

A card full of hope

Koos Stenger

He looked so sad when I first saw him. He was quite a few years older than I, but like I did during my first days in that impersonal hospital ward, he felt scared and wor... »