November 2022

He was tall. He was strong. He was my brother, and he was my hero. When we lived in Lakeville, Massachusetts, and I shared a room with my little sister, Esther, Steve’s bedroom was directly across from ours. When he was on his way to bed he would frequently stop in the doorway of ourContinue reading November 2022

October 2022

It was a perfect day yesterday—blue sky with a smattering of clouds, light breeze, and warm temperatures. I left from home close to 9 and wandered back in at 5. My phone recorded I had hiked 16.78 miles. Wow! That’s the farthest I’ve done alone, I think, and I was still feeling well.

June 2022

Blessed day to you. Amid the constant barrage of bad news, let me share some good news with you! Thank you for praying for the end-of-the-year events and for the Koppen family as they worked through moving back into their sooty, dusty, fire-impacted home. Good progress is finally being made, though they are still waitingContinue reading June 2022

May 2022

Dear friends, Thank you for your prayers for Jason and others affected by the Tunnel Fire in Flagstaff, AZ. I understand that the fire is 92% “contained,” and those who were in the path of the fire have been allowed to return to their homes. Unfortunately, many of those homes that were not destroyed orContinue reading May 2022

April 2022

Thank you for praying for the students as they went on their Ministry Immersion Trip (MIT) last week. This ended up being the most diverse and internationally focused trip the school has ever sponsored! What a variety of opportunities the students enjoyed as they ministered to (and were ministered to by) Congolese, Afghan, Burmese (ofContinue reading April 2022

January 2022

Is your heart heavy? Is it breaking with what’s happening in our world, with the divisions in our nation, and with the continuing trauma of COVID? Is it hard to say “Happy” New Year? Indeed. It seems like I started out my January 2021 letter similarly. Is there no end?

November 2021

“Even though I’m not actively coaching at IBC this semester, I’ve found the principles and techniques I learned through coaching at IBC to be helpful in raising my teenage son,” shared one of the coaches. “How cool is that!,” I thought. I oversee the coaching program at IBC. We have five active coaches and twoContinue reading November 2021

September 2021

Dear friends, Remember this spring and early summer when Arizona was so dry that one spark would have set the whole state ablaze? Remember when there were over 60 wildfires burning in the state? You prayed with me for rain. Well, God sent rain- 5.66” in July and 3.5” in August, at the Pulliam airportContinue reading September 2021

July 2021

I only encountered a few minutes of rain all the way across the country. The car is running flawlessly. Meetings are going well, and people are amazingly generous and kind to me. I could get used to this!

June 2021

I am writing this from a motel near Hannibal, MO. After a refreshing time on the Grand Canyon North Rim over Memorial Day weekend, I am scurrying to get my travel plans in place and have begun my wanderings across the country.

May 2021

One thing we have learned as a result of the pandemic is the value of synchronous online learning, that is, allowing online students to dial directly into the classroom while the class is in session. This has enabled us to accommodate far more students than the physical classroom can hold. It has also provided accessContinue reading May 2021

April 2021

It started with strange electrical impulses coursing through my left side. Then I felt like I could pass out, but, I always feel like I might pass  out whenever something isn’t quite right in my body. I felt good enough to walk home from school that Friday evening March 12. We planned to go onlineContinue reading April 2021

March 2021

By the time we landed in Orlando, we were wondering out loud why we hadn’t heard anything. Jason (IBC President), Gene (Academic Dean), and Coreen (Dean of Women) went before the accreditation committee that morning and we had expected to hear shouts of joy by email or text but had heard nothing.

February 2021

Spring semester is well underway. Thank you so much for praying for us! All the students returned after Christmas break. One stepped out of full-time classes and is submitting to more intense discipleship, and God brought one new full-time student A middle-aged Navajo woman, this new student brings fresh enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunitiesContinue reading February 2021

January 2021

Riots, violence in the streets, many in the Church of Christ divided and caught in apathy, political upheaval, social unrest, a global pandemic, isolation, anxiety, racial tension, constant disappointment, loss of hope. The media has bombarded us with death statistics and dire predictions until, in order to survive emotionally, we have been forced to beContinue reading January 2021