Faith fuels action

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

Being dependent on the generosity of others is something Tanya Mauldin knows all too well.

The director of The Shepherd’s Table in Conway said the soup kitchen receives an annual $3,000 grant from the City of Conway. That’s where the secured funding ends.

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Beautiful stories

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

I did it yesterday. I stole away for a few hours for a return visit to Brookgreen Gardens. I have intended to use my seven-day pass for more than one visit, and yesterday, I did it. I did it alone, and it felt so good.

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A rejoicing ride

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

In thinking back, it seems juvenile. A cute little effort at doing what grownups do - those competent, trained professionals who appear polished, put-together, and oh, so very capable. Yet, with me...perhaps I was a bit deluded when I put pen to paper and wrote those things. Yes, foolish, I was.

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Imitators of beauty

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

I have been drawn to truth, beauty, and goodness all of my life. It’s unexplainable the extent of my desire to perceive and delight in truth, to experience and create beauty, and to know the rich goodness that is felt deep in my soul with the pursuit of such virtues.

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Hope doesn't disappoint

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

Kathy Crist believes she is on a mission from God. Of course, the tenets of her faith tell her she is not alone in the assignment to help those in need.

“It’s our job as Christians to help these folks,” the Conway woman said.

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Union brings water

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

For a small church, Union United Methodist gets big results.

The South Conway church regularly sees about 150 worshippers on any given Sunday. Despite that, the congregation has brought in close to $120,000 to fund water wells in Africa as well as improve its own facilities for effective ministry environments.

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The fight is personal

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

I want to save the world. But I don’t want to do it one person at a time. I want to create new programs, write new books, teach new lessons - that somehow can reach the masses. 

Then I am reminded...the fight is personal.

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Whatever is true...

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

I am a cynic. I can be quite negative, condemning, and judgmental. Now that I really think about it, cynic isn’t the right word. Critical. Yes, that’s better.

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Prayer paves way

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

Ten-year-old Isaiah Clardy prayed three years ago for a garden. He remembers it was for “people that didn’t have food,” but doesn’t recall what led him to make the same prayer request continually each night before going to sleep.

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Doing the thing

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

It was a Sunday morning. I was praying for my family. I was crying out to God for ways I could help my husband. I did that for a while. Actually, I did that for a long while. I love words, and sometimes, I tend to use a lot of them. After letting me go on and on, God answered me.

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Is it black or is it good?

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

I frequently mix up the two. I catch myself calling this Friday, Black Friday. Then, I realize my mistake.

You have to admit. It fits in many ways. The day Jesus died has a lot to do with darkness, despair, and mourning. 

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When God says go

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

God was calling Mary Long.

At first, the idea of going to Africa was a little frightening. Mary was concerned about her family’s safety once she got there as well as the Conway home she was leaving behind for two weeks.

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Fly like a butterfly

  • Category: Writings
  • Written by Tina Anderson

We called him Methuselah. He called my husband Jesus. Even with his long hair and beard, Keith is not as much like Jesus as Billy was like Methuselah.

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