How we became us…

Milt and Carol Ahola were serving as missionaries in Japan when Milt's cancer forced them home for treatment. Milt went to heaven during their 50th year of marriage… April, 2012.

Greg and Linda Smith served as missionaries in Latin America for over 40 years. Linda succumbed to her severe health issues during their 45th year of marriage… February, 2015.

Greg and Carol met through her daughter April. They married in Vancouver, WA… October, 2018.

Why our words?

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. (Proverbs 15:30, ESV)

Refreshing the Bones” is informed by decades abroad, perennially adapting to different customs, mindsets, and languages. Our focus has been discipleship and church planting. Our desire is to convey the best news… the kind that refreshes deeply and encourages lastingly.

We are avid seekers of things less nationalistic—more quintessential and universal in scope.

God’s earthly kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It can’t be encircled by geographical boundaries. It is governed by its own set of rules. Hence, the challenge to keep its purposes, principles and activities to the fore.

nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. (Luke 17:21, ESV)

 God grant us insight and composure. May we be model citizens of his kingdom.

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Church Planting & Discipleship (Greg in Latin America; Carol in Japan). We enjoy writing, long walks, good coffee, & healthy conversation.