When the city redtagged her church after an earthquake, Bethany Brix had a choice: "Whine or shine." She had known First Church of Christ, Scientist, Beverly Hills, California, as her church home since her earliest memories. So she decided to shine some light on her thoughts about Church. See her article "Building (more than) a church." Bethany lives with her husband, Christopher, in Beverly Hills. Page 12.
After completing a nine-month stay in South Africa, Libby Weir returned home to Australia. Six months later, in March of 2006, she returned to work in the preschool in South Africa where she had previously learned many lessons about humility, love, generosity, and the surprising way God provides for seemingly impossible-to-fill needs. Read the story of her life-changing adventure, and how she has learned to consistently rely on God—for everything. Page 30.
Raised in Germany, Arno Preller learned about prayer at a young age. Now a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in the US, Arno enjoys communing with God while hiking and biking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Paula. Mr. Preller, a former school teacher, tells us, "I always try to make sure my prayers aren't just intellectual, but that they come from the heart." And that's exactly where his article, "Communion," comes from this month. Page 42.