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Volume 2, Issue 5 - February 2006

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.

~ Psalm 13:5-6 NIV ~


Hello and welcome to another issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine—with plenty to inspire and encourage you every day.

Well, it’s that time of year again—hearts, roses and dewy-eyed couples all over the place. Dearly loved by romantics and greeting card companies, most of us would find it hard to think of February without at least a fleeting thought of Valentine’s Day coming to mind.

Although a day to celebrate romantic love is certainly something to applaud in a world where there is so much violence and anger, how much more should we daily celebrate the selfless love of Christ?

Our front page featured article takes a look at selfless love in quite a different way—and perhaps will leave some of us asking the question, "How much more should I be like that?" Make sure you read Suzanne Rowe’s article, "What’s Does a Good Communist Soldier Have to do with Agape Love?"

Suzanne is an Australian who lives and works in China. Her articles reflect this mix of cultures and her life and faithfulness is always inspiring. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know this beautiful lady in her interview with Lynda Schab—Our Australian "China Rose"—Meet Suzanne Rowe.

With all the hearts and flowers in the air, I couldn’t resist taking a visit to our favorite parsonage to see what the Rev. James Snyder has to say about falling in love.

What does a Good Communist Soldier Have to do with Agape Love?
By Suzanne Rowe

What does a good communist "People's Liberation Army" soldier have to do with agape love? Everything, it seems.

The eyes of the people on the train had lit up with understanding as we chugged between field after field of sunflowers.

"Oh, they're just like Lei Feng."

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Our Australian "China Rose"—Meet Suzanne Rowe
Interview by Lynda Schab

FWM: Suzanne, I am so excited to get the chance to chat with you. You are a wonderful writer and I've enjoyed many of the articles you've posted on the FaithWriters’ site. One thing I am fascinated by is your "worldliness!" Of course, I mean, "worldliness," in the cultural sense. You have traveled and have been involved in cross-cultural work all over the world. Let me start by asking this: where is the place you call home, and what prompted you to step out into overseas work?

SUZANNE: Thanks, Lynda. It’s an honor to be interviewed!

Where do I call home? Sometimes I wonder myself,...

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Not surprisingly, Rev. James is "Still in Love After All These Years." It’s just as well too, because the good Mistress of the Parsonage was hand-picked by God in response to a young man’s prayer. As always, there’s a good bit of funny-bone tickling in store as James gets his point across.

Of course, what would Valentine’s Day be without poetry? The Rhythm of Life has two quite different poems about love this month. Janice Simone Ramkissoon dedicates a touching message of love to her husband in her poem "My Dream Come True." Then, for something very different, you must read "Romancing the Heart of Stone" by FaithWriters’ Magazine favorite, Al Boyce. Haunting, disturbing and, ultimately, uplifting.

For any couple, there is no greater evidence of committed love than to vow to stay together ‘till they are parted by death—however, the road after the vow is made, is not always smooth. Rene McCollum very honestly shares the story of her battle with depression and its impact on her loving husband and children. And They Shall Become One Flesh is a message of hope for all who read her story.

Now for something completely different! Kenny Blade has quickly become a personal favorite of mine. His sense of humor is always a treat, and every time I see one of his stories appear on my screen, I never fail to ask, "How does he think of these titles?" His article this month is no exception. Every parent should take the time to read "Daddy Sang Bass … Momma Sang Tuna." You won’t be sorry you did.

Have you ever wondered whether God really wanted you to do the thing that you feel He is calling You to do? It seems a contradiction to believe that we’re being called to serve in a way, but be doubting that He really wants to use us like that—yet, I think there are many who have found themselves at the point where they cry out to God and ask, "Did I get it wrong?"

This month’s testimony in Ascribe Greatness is one such moment, and it is something that will bring smiles to the faces of all the Christian writers who read it. Beth Muehlhausen has become a very special part of the FaithWriters’ community within a fairly short time. That just makes her testimony, "Finding FaithWriters" all the more special. Whether you are a writer or not, I know it will be an encouragement to you.

Our authors are always so blessed by your letters. As much as they are able to encourage you with their articles and stories, you encourage them with your appreciation of their work. This month we are delighted to share some of these messages for everyone to enjoy—there’s even an absolutely delightful devotional shared by one of our readers, Ken Mathews.

If something inspires you, or if you just have something you want to share, please send us a message via the Your Letters page. We love to hear from you.

Once again, that’s just a sample of what’s inside this month’s FaithWriters’ Magazine. Our prayer is that it will be a blessing and encouragement to you from start to finish.

So until next time, may God surround you with His perfect and unfathomable agape love—the greatest love of all.

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine