Catch + Color an American Life

I may have been here in America much (much much) longer than I originally planned, but I am grateful for the time I’ve been able to rest…learn…and prepare. Some friends & fellow OMSers recently made a big decision to remain in the States for longer than they’d planned, before returning to ministry in Europe. They wrote that they’ve come to realize it will be the best thing for their missions work in the long run, and for them as individuals and a couple.

I think this is what my extra-long time in America has been. Not only have I enjoyed being with my family, hanging out with friends, eating American pizza, and all the small things that make up the Motherland for me — but I have grown as a person in ways that are bound to make me more effective as a missionary. Some of those things I’ve alluded to, others I’ll write about later. For now I have a few more pictures of this American beauty I was born into. …Then I’m going to explain the name of my blog.

Fungi in the yard.

Fungi in the yard.

These mushrooms popped up in the yard! If you know me at all, you know I love fungi of all kinds.

These mushrooms popped up in the yard! If you know me at all, you know I love fungi of all kinds.

The garden has a bit of a sense of humor at times.

The garden has a bit of a sense of humor at times.

Kiana catching lightning bugs at OMS HQ. The Bongers were in America for meetings.

Kiana catching lightning bugs at OMS HQ. The Bongers were in America for meetings.

Finally able to see Brittany again! She spent last year in Chicago with Mission Year. (Hackelbarney Park, NJ)

Finally able to see Brittany again! She spent last year in Chicago with Mission Year. (Hackelbarney Park, NJ)

Moss at Hackelbarney Park, NJ

Moss at Hackelbarney Park, NJ

I love the affect of light. Hackelbarney Park, NJ

I love the affect of light. Hackelbarney Park, NJ

 

It’s an understandable question and I’ve gotten it more than once. “What the name of your blog mean, anyway?” “What does ‘catch, color, justice’ have to do with anything?” Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m here to clear things up and dispel a myth. (Let’s start with the latter. It is a myth that the “+” in the title ‘Catch + Color Justice’ is only for decoration. It’s used the same way as an “&,” which is usually read as “and.”)

Let’s break it down.

‘Catch’ –>

Though I may not always succeed, my goal is to do more than preach at you. I’d prefer to use this space to engage your opinions or even share a world with you that you may rarely see. God has made it possible for me to focus my life on the issue of modern day slavery, foregoing a few other things in order to take up new ones. So many perspectives have shifted in me. Some of you who faithfully comment or email me are in the midst of similar lives. Some have been put to see things in your home country, state, town. I hope we can share worlds with each other. I hope you’ll catch this vision, too.

 

‘+’ –>

AND

 

‘Color’ –>

Even though my daily life centers around something so evil as the slavery of human beings, I believe in the beautiful things. Stories, art, carefree car rides with ice cream cones, loud music, movies that make you cry, really good cheese, summer time. If I don’t do my part to keep these things alive, what can I really offer the vulnerable? Jesus came for abundant life, now and later. Later most of all. Beauty preserved is another win for justice. And I believe that God can be glorified in it.

 

‘Justice’ –>

I blog so you’ll catch some of this and maybe pass it on; so that maybe I’ll be able to make sense of everything. Maybe this way we’ll see that justice is more than revenge or discipline or even perfect restitution. Justice is vibrant and colorful. (Just check out the imagery in Isaiah 61!) It is fierce, and redemptive; growing and moving as God’s hand works His wonders and His glory is sent throughout the earth. Justice is daily choices that prove #JusticeisontheHorizon!

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2 thoughts on “Catch + Color an American Life

  1. Hi Emily, thanks for your note. it meant a lot. I have often thought about you and what God did in your life post Phonathon guru! :) It is exciting to hear of your faithfulness to follow His leading. Be encouraged. You are doing important work. I’d love to stay in touch. I will be in China, South Korea, India and maybe Indonesia in Nov. I will send you more info. later. Great to hear from you… Mr. K.

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