Type A's Quest

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Monday, March 10, 2014 In : Jay's poetry 
open field
grass waving in the wind
my hands:
ever reaching
for an ever elusive
balloon (achievements)
tantalizing string
teasing behind
my high-as-i-can-hop
fingertip grasp

cruel world
of social expectations
turns in endless cycle
(obedience to norms)
pushes, weighs
little hearts

balloon's floating away-
did they even matter, exist? 

~January 17th, 2014
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A New Bible, y'all!!

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 In : book review 

After trembling before some of the greatest, most mission-minded men of Pentecost at  a General Board Meeting last week, I snuck into the mail room at the World Evangelism Center to reclaim all my packages: some random tax documents and magazines but best of all, a parallel French-English Bible for Shawn, and a brand new Modern Life Study Bible for me to review! Book Sneeze always has great options to pick from and I am so excited to be able to choose this  edition of this best-selling, God-...

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“Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah” by Baruch Maoz

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 In : blog 

This little tome traveled with us from South Carolina to wintry St. Louis, Missouri and back again until it was finally read through on a twelve and half hour flight from D.C. to Addias Abba, Ethiopia. Less than a hundred pages, I had looked forward to reading this commentary on one of the most enigmatic characters of the Bible during one of our flights back to Togo. While not an erudite (read ‘high-falooting’ here) study, I enjoyed Maoz’s unique perspective on the story of Jonah’s at...

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Book Review of “We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook: A Mom and Daughter Dish About the Good that Delights Them and the Love that Binds Them” by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 In : book review 

I was so excited to request “We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook” after arriving back in Togo. Then I waited...and waited...and waited. Five months later (no joy!), a little brown packet arrived with my name on and this little book inside. Hallelujah! I read the book almost straight through, with a few tears and some laughter here and there as I could relate to much of the mother and daughter relationship detailed. 

I enjoyed the structure of the book: a chapter of chatty life details and memories...

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african Praise

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 In : Jay's poetry 

hands raised 


in undulated Praise

to the One

who gave

who gives


bodies twist,

turn on the dusty floor

bright fabric flying

a testament 

of His

great Grace


in these moments

as Worship rises

and waves of

Mercy flows

among creation,

the outside world 


stands to gaze....

and yearns 

for His soon

coming Return

~July 14th, 2013

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A Children's Book!!

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 In : book review 

Review of Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose

I received the chance to review this little children’s e-book about a month ago and I was so excited. So excited, that is, until I tried to download the small .mobi file, then the PDF file, then the .epub file with my crazy, sloooow TogoCell internet...about thirty times. So a few days ago, we switched back to Cafe and, though things aren’t quite USA-standard ‘high speed,’ the Sarsfield household is now moving along in the virtual ...

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Promises awaiting...

Posted by Jaydie Johnson Sarsfield on Thursday, August 8, 2013 In : blog 

The miraculous events often tend to come on the wings of the overlooked, the miniscule things of life, creeping unawares upon those unexpecting, yet faithful, prayerful saints of God. Such was the case with us three. I’d like to share a bit of our stories that were presented, in part, at our National Ladies’ Conference in Togo in July 2013. Rejoice with us at the wonders the Lord has perform in us and for us...and beware of the mysterious hand of Jesus moving in your own life! 

  1. A Proph...

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Yes, another book review...

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Sunday, July 7, 2013 In : book review 

If you’re an avid reader, every travel bag is packed with at least two (or ten!) books that you might want to dive into sometime during any trip. So, you can understand my tucking this thin volume, I’ve Got Your Back: A Leadership Parable by James C. Galvin, in my carry-on along with that Sherlock Holmes novel (see the stellar review below!). Touted as a book of “Biblical principles for leading and following well,” the author attempted to weave a fictional story of four young people ...

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Review for “Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye: The World’s Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible’s Ultimate Mysteries” by Len Bailey

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 In : book review 

Need book to read for the 20-something hour plane ride? The perfect find: I was excited to delve into newest Sherlock Holmes mishmashed with Biblical ponderances into one paperback. (As I finished up the last few chapters, I was laughing at some of the quandries of Holmes and Shawn wanted to know what was so funny. I read some to him; he said “you’d need a doctorate to read that.” You definitely don’t, of course. He hasn’t ever read any Sherlock Holmes...imagine!!) The book is just...

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still sailing...

Posted by Jaydie Johnson on Thursday, April 11, 2013 In : blog 

(One of my weekly downloads ‘just so happened’ to be a song by Spoken called “Calm the Storm” and while I could go for a ‘calmer’ version, this is a direct reflection of what the Lord showed me at the last day of our local convention in Dgable, Togo. All italicized words within the text are lyrics from “Calm the Storm,” quoted because I couldn’t have ever written it better.)

At Sunday’s Maritime Convention service, Bro. Adams was preaching on the disciples’ seaside adv...

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Shawn and Jaydie Sarsfield After working as an AIMer for three years in French speaking West Africa, Jaydie was appointed to the nation of Mali in March 2012. She was joined by her husband, Shawn Sarsfield (previous AIMer to several Central American countries),after their May 25th, 2013 wedding to labor together in this ripe harvest. Jesus Christ has been so good to us: we just can't tell it all! He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by! He is truly our All in All. There is truly no one like Jesus and it's a privilege to serve Him! (Singing: "He ain't never done me nothing, done me nothing but good.")
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