The Beauty of Community

A couple of years after my father’s death, I was surprised that I still felt just as “let-down”, and deflated as the day I was told of his passing. Honestly, I hated what I perceived as my wilderness experience. Often, I would…

Duality

The church service had just led out, and I lingered outside talking with some of my friends when suddenly, I was confronted by two young men from my church. One of them asked me, “Beba, you wear eye liner, don’t you?” Before I could respond, the other young man, sarcastically inserted, “no, not Beba, she would never do that.” to …

Spotlight

My husband worked with a young man who often led worship.  One day, he was caught doing something illegal, and as a result, my husband didn’t remove him from his responsibility completely, instead, he placed him backstage, or as a backup, rather than the lead, until he could get back on his feet. The problem is that this young man could …

My World Has a Hero

I cannot imagine a world without heroes, a world without genius and nobility, without exalted enterprise, high purpose, and transcendent courage, without risk and suffering. It would be gray and flat and dull. Who would show us the way or set the mark? Who would inspire us and console us? Who would energize us and keep us from the darkness? -Peter …

Don’t Miss Out!

For the six years since my husband and I founded Abante International, we have engaged several young people, helping them to think outside the box when it comes to their education, ministry, or future career.  Some, I have to say, get it.  They understand that the world looks beautiful from afar, but in order to enjoy its beauty, sometimes one needs …

A Sunset on the Way Home

I was driving home (well, my current home in Cleveland, GA), and was mesmerized by  the beautiful landscape.  Mountains and farm land are everywhere, and I get to soak it all in every time I drive around.  On this specific evening, I was nearing the end of an hour drive from Gwinnett county and into White county. This was the …

3 Days in Ireland!

I buckled my seat belt, and waited patiently for take off, while my mind pondered on the events of the past three days.  I left Hamburg, Germany with my husband and my team of colleagues, heading to Ireland for two weeks of ministry, service, and cross-cultural enrichment. Little did I know, my week would be cut short because of my …

Finding Good Rest in Kiel, Germany

Following an amazing brief stop in Belgium, to serve with Highlands Belgium at the Castle in Thieusies, my 2017 team of colleagues with Abante International headed to the Czech Republic, while I took a flight to Hamburg, Germany. It was hard to make the decision of separating from the team (and Brian, my husband) because I love working with my team, …

Joy Comes…

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5 (ESV) I have always prided myself in my ability to do music well.  I enjoy singing so much, that I changed my major in college from Psychology to Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. I have been a part of several performance choirs, ensembles, and even attempted …

Healing Vacation

Over the years, my husband Brian Schlottmann and I, have been able to travel extensively, but it has always been in the context of missions, and/or Abante International. However, given recent events in my life, we decided to dedicate some time to ourselves away from work, the Abante team, and even family–to travel to a place where just the two of …