Elmbrook Stories

Going the Distance

Going the Distance

In just a few short weeks, NBC Sports will begin to broadcast the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Long-time commentators like Bob Costas will introduce the world to its champion athletes, using phrases like "the Road to Rio" to frame each individual's story. I find it all inspiring. An Olympic journey illustrates true perseverance in the face of extreme challenges and hardship.  As a winter sport athlete with similar hopes to those competing in the Summer Games, I...

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Immigrant?

June 17, 2016 by Ruth Wantz in Mission
Immigrant?

If you are unfamiliar with immigration services, you might ask, "Why should I care about immigrants?" Well, up until several years ago, this would have been my question, too. But things have changed for me. New possibilities in my life have opened up wonderful opportunities and blessings. My story begins after making a commitment to "serve God anywhere, anytime, anyplace". In 1971, my husband Bob, myself, and our two small children headed off to Peru. This may be considered the foolishness...

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All Things Beautiful in His Time

All Things Beautiful in His Time

Before we married, we knew we wanted to grow our family through foster care and adoption. Our oldest daughter's adoption was emotionally easy. We knew it was rare. So when we later received a call about David, a three-day-old baby who needed foster placement, we expected a different experience. There would be visits, bio parents and siblings, court hearings and struggles. We expected, but didn’t fully understand how hard it would be and how much we would need to rely on God...

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