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Behind Every Journey is a Good Story

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Blind Man Bart comes to Africa

A word from Curt:  Desperation
Desperation. Normally a word used in a negative connotation.

But not always.

In tonight’s Guard/Neighbor Bible Study, we’re studying the story of Blind Man Bart.

A man with a God-sized problem who was desperate to get to Jesus.

I call BMB (Blind Man Bart) a “Whatever It Takes” kind of guy.

WIT    Whatever It Takes.

Nothing or no one was…

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A week to remember

A word from Curt:

Your prayer is oxygen for what God is doing here.

Pray hard.

Pray passionately.

Pray often.

Since Twitter allows only 142 character updates, we’re limiting ourselves to 142 words on this prayer update.

If you would share these praises and requests with your church, your family, and even your co-workers, we would be so appreciative.

142 Word Prayer Request from the Chadan Engagement Team

Curt and DeDe Iles


Praise for:

  • Entrance into Boroli Refugee Camp. This camp has been closed to outside ministry for several months. Pray…
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Storm Fatigue

Prayer Update:

Bob, Robert Franklin, and I leave Tuesday for a trip to Adjumani Camps in Uganda.

Please pray for us as we share from the Storying Cloth, distribute Audio Storytellers in Dinka, Arabic, and Madi.

We’ll be tweeting at hashtag  #UpCountry and Facebook at cur tiles.

“Storm Fatigue” is one of the forty stories in our upcoming ebook, Trampled…

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Gleaning: Sketches and Shots on the Passionate Life

A word from Curt
The word is passion.

It’s how I want to live my life.

And you don’t have to come to Africa to live the passionate life.

Part of my formula for the passionate life is journaling.  It’s been integral to my life since age 17. I’m now on journal #73.  Each weekend, I glean the previous week’s journal entries.  I’m sharing them with…

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Deep Roots Epilogue: “Why I Write”

Epilogue: Why I Write:

“If you’re able to quit writing, you probably should.” -Cec Murphey

I write for the simple joy of expression. I have fifty-one journals that I’ve filled with stories, dreams, ideas, and the journey of my life since age seventeen.

If I never published another single word, I’d still write. It’s what I do. I guess it’s who I am. I have one final story that expresses the reason that I publish and share my writing:

The man’s voice was so soft that I shifted the telephone receiver to hear…

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From Deep Roots: Trespassing

During July our oldest son Clay and his wife Robin have been visiting.

Best of all, they’re brought  their four children.

Our wonderful grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Jude, and Noah.

We’ve not hugged them since January 2013.

DeDe and I plan to make up for that during their visit.

I plan on being a full-time grandpa while they’re here.

We’ll be posting stories from my favorite Creekbank book,  Deep Roots.

We hope you’ll enjoy these short stories posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing…

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A Stranger in a Strange Land

Relationships are the best part of Africa

A word from Curt
The word is astonished.

It’s a good word about being amazed, touched, inspired, even disturbed.

As a stranger in a strange land, I’m daily awestruck  by the people and land of Central Africa.

Join us on this astonishing journey.


The language/cultural barrier

I’ve become friends with Anthony, a computer technician with Burt Systems in our hometown of Entebbe. I asked him what I owed him for my latest visit.

“20,000 shillings.”

That’s about $4 USD.  “Anthony, are you sure that’s enough?”

“It’s O.K.”

I was…

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