Thoughts on life by Teri McCarthy


Update 2010

Posted by admin in January 23rd, 2010 | 5 comments 
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My computer broke. Crash-o-rama. First time in my laptop history that I’ve had a computer crash on me. It’s at the computer doctor right now having a dataectomy. I pray it all gets transferred. My life is on that laptop! Lord have mercy!

Daryl and I spent a week in sunny Mexico for our vacation. It was a good time, but they did have record-breaking cold temps. Nothing like here in KC of course, but cold for them–57 degrees.

We’re home now and preparing to head out again. We leave for Texas on Tuesday, January 26. We’ll be speaking at Le Tourneau University’s missions emphasis week and then we head down to Houston for the IICS January board meeting. We’re also hosting a dinner down there. Fun times. Looking forward to seeing good friends and wonderful coworkers. I’ll be speaking at a Sunday School class at West University Baptist Church in Houston on the 31st. If you’re in the area, would love to see you. Also, the IICS dinner is going to be held at the Houston Marriott Westchase Saturday night, January 30th. It’s a free dinner and IICS professors will speak and it’s gonna be a lot of […] Continue Reading…

Am I a Donkey or a Prancing Pony?

Posted by admin in January 12th, 2010 | 11 comments 
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Sunday’s service was amazing! We heard evangelist Chuck Millhuff speak. This man is in his 70’s, been an evangelist most of his life, spoken around the world and now is the resident evangelist at our church. Still very Hollywood handsome and a very sharp dresser, I wondered what on earth this guy was going to say to us when he entered the pulpit. Daryl leans over to me and whispers, “I heard him speak a few years ago. He’s really good.”

“I’ll see for myself,” I thought. Too flashy. Too good looking for my taste. I’m so non-judgmental you know.

“I’m a donkey!” he declares right out of the box. “I’ve always wanted to be and considered myself a prancing pony. A show horse. But now after all these years I’ve realized that is sin. What God has really called me to be is a load-bearing, hardworking, service animal—a donkey.

My heart was pierced. Immediately I felt the Holy Spirit’s touch on me. It was one of the sermons that, you know, you are certain was written specifically for your situation. Daryl didn’t even hesitate or look my way. He just pulled out the old hanky and handed it over. […] Continue Reading…

Knowing and Doing God’s Will

Posted by admin in January 4th, 2010 | no comment 
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As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2).

Urbana ’09 was one of the best Urbanas I’ve ever been to. The numbers were down—17,000 instead of the 23,000 of ’06. But the quality of each person there was unmatched in my five-Urbana history. There was a beautiful spirit there. The students were kind, generous, very reflective and earnest about their walks with God. I was blown away by the people I met—by their sincerity, their passion for the lost, and their deep desire to follow Christ.

One question I was asked a lot, “How do you know where God wants you to go and serve?” Good question. And for each of us that might look a little differently. If it’s okay, I’d like to share what my experience has been when trying to find the answer to, “God, what do You want me to do?”

I am very fortunate to have been mentored by great writers. Not that I knew them personally (except Richard Foster of course), but fortunate in the sense that somehow God was able to get their books into my hands […] Continue Reading…

A Deng-a-Ling Christmas

Posted by admin in December 25th, 2009 | 2 comments 
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I was just a big ol’ dumb, white girl from Kansas living in a city of 1.5 million Chineesers. In fact, in the fall of 1983, there were only about 15 foreigners total in our city of Changchun (this was the old Manchuria). I was there with two other women and we were the first Americans to teach at the Changchun College of Geology in the school’s 35-year history. We were a part of Deng Xiao Ping’s Open Door Policy. Oddly enough, China’s ruling powers believed that China needed to learn English in order to modernize. Hmmm. Looks like they were right on that one.

I’ll never forget my first moments on campus. The taxi pulled into the parking area of our new home! It was a gray, unpainted Soviet-style concrete cracker box with three stories. Though the building could house 100 to 150 people, the administration decided it would be best to house only the foreign teachers there so as to keep our foreignness from contaminating the whole campus. So we were the only ones living in the entire building. We were on the first floor. The second floor housed the ping pong table and none […] Continue Reading…

Hark the Herald Angel and Mr. Xu

Posted by admin in December 24th, 2009 | 4 comments 
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The Chinese government had a funny way of doing things back in the day when I first started teaching there. The Communist Party had a strict policy protecting its citizens from the invasion of dangerous stuff like “foreign ideas and philosophies” coming into the country through the massive influx of English teachers from the West. Their policy (loosely translated) was called “The Crackdown on Spiritual Pollution.” Christianity topped their list of biohazardous materials.

The policy dictated that foreign teachers meet with the Party Secretary of each campus every week to discuss the dos and don’ts of the “crackdown.” We were not permitted to wear nail polish (that went for the guys too); we could not wear bright clothing, like my favorite red sweater. We were not allowed to wear bluejeans. Foreign films were forbidden, unless prescreened and approved by top Party officials. And to ensure that we followed the regulations of not discussing democracy, religion, or politics in the classroom, each class was given a monitor—the human kind. The monitor was someone that actually wanted to be in the class to learn English, but was also a person the Party could trust to report the hazardous […] Continue Reading…

Missions, Missions, Missions!

Posted by admin in December 16th, 2009 | 3 comments 
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I love missions! I love everything about missions. I love the fact that God uses mere mortals to participate with Him in His great Redemption Story. I love the joyful and miraculous idea that God invites His children to be a part of what He is doing around the world and in the hearts and minds of the human race.

Missionaries, to my mind, are people who cross borders. Border crossing can take place when we cross from one country into another; it can also be when we cross from one culture into another. Jonah was a missionary, albeit a reluctant one. And he didn’t have the Good News of Jesus to share. Paul was definitely a missionary—missionary par excellence. But the best border crosser, the best missionary that ever walked this earth was Jesus. Yup. Jesus.

Think about it—He lived in paradise. He didn’t suffer there; He had no needs. He was loved and adored. He had a great Father. He lived in a perfect place, with perfect beings, and was accepted and understood by all those around Him. Then the Father asked, “Will you go?” And Jesus said, “Yes. I will be about my Father’s business.”

And Jesus Christ, […] Continue Reading…

The Social Gospel

Posted by admin in December 13th, 2009 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

My girlfriend and her husband have just taken a pregnant teen in to live with them. They have two kids, a set of parents to care for and both work fulltime jobs. Wow! I don’t know if I could do that. Ministry is messy. The young girl got pregnant while away at college. When she found out she was pregnant she decided to go home and tell her parents. Before she ever reached home, her Mom was killed in a tragic accident. The girl decided not to tell her Dad as the whole family was trying to recover from the loss of the Mom. So, the girl returned to school alone, afraid, mourning her mother and guilt-ridden. But my friend and her husband have taken her in to care for her, to love her, to give her a place of rest. This is ministry. This is the kind of “neighbor love” Jesus told us to do.

“They’re so into the social gospel! I just don’t know if I can go to that kind of church.” I heard someone say this once walking to the parking lot after service. When Daryl and I got in the car, I asked him, “What […] Continue Reading…

Prime Time America

Posted by admin in December 11th, 2009 | 3 comments 
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If this is your first visit to this blog, please look around and read one of the older posts. I recommend “Redemption Can Be Found in Every Pile of Garbage” or “Mean Old Lao Deng” which is really good for the Christmas season. For those who are regular readers, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be on Prime Time America today. It’s a radio broadcast out of Chicago. I’ve been interviewed by Tracy Haney. I thought the interview was to focus on Mike’s and my new book with IVP, but Tracy’s first words to me were, “I don’t want to talk about the book!” So, we went another route. This means I have no idea what the interview is going to sound like edited on the air. It airs today from 4-6 PM Central time. You can access it through their website: www.primetimeamerica.org. In Kansas City we don’t have any stations that carry that program, so I have to access through the web as well. If it’s frightening, and chances are it will be, just turn it off and don’t listen to the rest of the train wreck. I’ve been taking a lot of Nyquil lately, but […] Continue Reading…

One Flu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Posted by admin in December 7th, 2009 | 3 comments 
Published in gratitude

I’ve been bit! Help me! I’ve been bit by the flu bug and I can’t get up! Six days of this stuff (and being homebound) has made me slightly more cuckoo than usual. And while I’ve been under the weather, Big D’s been down under in Australia. (Sorry. It’s the Nyquil). He’ll be home Wednesday. He’s been speaking at an InterVarsity conference there and has had a great time. Weather? Ninety-five degrees and sunny. Here? Cold. Very cold. And they’re predicting snow. Lots of it.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We celebrated at SGC Donna’s lovely home and we had 28! Lots of fun; lots of food. Fun and food are synonymous. Funny thing, my book arrived the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was so strange to be worrying about mashed taters, sweet potato casserole and smoking two enormous turkey breasts when the box from the publisher arrived. It’s odd how real life propels us on. Daryl wanted to take my picture with the book and all I could think about was, “Are the potatoes boiling over?” I feel badly for Romanowski, my writing buddy. He lives in the Middle East and the book can’t be delivered there. […] Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving Rocks!

Posted by admin in November 23rd, 2009 | 5 comments 
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Well, Happy Thanksgiving everybody! We’re celebrating with a pretty big group–almost 30 at my SGC’s house. (That’s sister-girlfriend-cousin). We’ll be doin’ the traditional meal wearing our matching Paula Deen aprons. I love Thanksgiving ’cause it’s all about the food. (Also my SGC is actually Daryl’s cousin, but I love her so much that I claim her as my very own).

Lots to be thankful for this year: Big D’s arthritis pain is completely gone thanks to his new meds. Praise God! I got my Daryl back! InterVarsity called on Friday and the book is in! So excited about that. They mailed mine on Friday so it should get here this week. Yippee!

Our daughter-in-law Jamie is expecting baby #3! What joy a new life is. And our daughter and her husband are adding to their family as well. A niece is coming to live with them and so we’re very excited about our family growing. More to love.

IICS had a wonderful year financially–one of our best even in this crazy economy. All I can say is God answered prayer. It’s the only explanation. He is faithful.

This year I reconnected with my extended family (okay, some for the […] Continue Reading…

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