ralph_joyceWe've been blessed to have mission pastor Ralph Anderson, and his wife Joyce, at One Challenge for over 20 years. They tend to our souls through the Word, prayer, counsel, and encouragement. Each summer, they spend five weeks of ministry with our new mission appointees and veteran mission workers. In their pastoral care role, Ralph and Joyce come alongside these colleagues at different points in their lives and ministry journeys. During "normal" office hours, Ralph is at the U.S. One Challenge Mobilization Center in Colorado Springs, where he coordinates a weekly Monday morning chapel with speakers, worship leaders, and prayer time. As the OC family is spread all around the world, he does a lot to keep up with them, reading the monthly personal prayer letters of approximately 300 U.S.-sent mission workers and field reports from our teams who serve in approximately 43 different countries. Ralph and Joyce also travel periodically to visit mission workers and their families in their areas of service around the world. Ralph says, "90 percent of pastoral care is just showing up. So, in all of the above and more, Joyce and I just want to “show up” for our people to encourage them and care for them in their personal and ministry journeys."


Enjoy reading these articles from Ralph ... “From the Pastor’s Pen”...

The Believer’s “Ranger” The Believer’s “Ranger”
An article in the Gazette, the local Colorado Springs newspaper, caught my attention. The article entitled, “O’er the fields we go”, opened with the following words – “At 27 of Colorado’s 42 state parks on January 1 you’ll find rangers ready to lead you on a First Day Hike, sun or…

“A picture is worth a thousand words”
We’re all familiar with the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” At this time of year, we’re reminded of John’s words in his gospel as he describes the birth of Jesus – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (1:14). In this case the reverse is certainly true; the “Word”…

Book of Ezekiel Ezekiel’s Calling
As I sit to write these words this morning, I’m “catching my breath” and enjoying a few hours of relative quietness and a slowed down pace. In the last two months Joyce’s and my schedule has included several important trips to be with our OC family in different parts of the world...

bird100px Reflections on Hebrews
In reading through the book of Hebrews recently, I was struck by a repeated emphasis. The author is writing to Christians who have come from a Jewish background and, because of persecution, are in danger of slipping back into Judaism. So, throughout the book, the author is declaring the supremacy of Jesus Christ above all…

pp_praying100 David and Prayer
No doubt as you read these devotional thoughts from the “Pastor’s Pen” you’ve noted I often draw my reflections from my readings in the Psalms. I definitely find my heart responding to and identifying with the interactions the writers of the Psalms have with the Lord. So, once again these remarks spring from one of…

pp_praise100 “Songs of Deliverance”
In Psalm 32 we have words of blessing for those whose sins have been confessed and forgiven and the Lord’s protection in times of trouble for those who trust in Him. While reading the Psalm recently, my attention was drawn to a phrase in v. 7 – “You are my hiding place… and surround me…

pp_bird100 Psalm of Christ
Psalm 22, in part, is clearly one of those Old Testament passages that prophetically point forward to the Lord Jesus Christ. In this case, in the first two-thirds of the Psalm there are several graphic statements that describe Jesus’ passion for us on the cross. In a recent reading of this Psalm I was struck…

pp_bench100 “Live as a Believer”
In my recent reading through I Corinthians, I was struck by a phrase in chapter 7. Before considering the phrase, first a brief word about the context. People have come from all kinds of backgrounds into this newborn body of believers. Some were from a Jewish background, others Gentiles; some married and others single; some…

pp_bucket100 Bucket List
During our sabbatical, two attention-getting events happened related to the passing of time. First, I turned 70 back in December and, secondly, we had five friends/supporters die during the five months of our sabbatical. As of this week, a sixth dear friend, mentor and supporter has passed away. In light of these realities, I’ve been…

pp_mary100 Mary and the Angel Gabriel
At Christmas time as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus, our mind turns toward family and friends. So, today, my mind has turned toward you as part of our worldwide OC family. Allow me to share a few thoughts that hopefully will minister to you in these days. As one reads the Biblical…