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“All Together!” Trampled Grass Chapter 7

When you cry, I taste the salt in your tears. It's a statement of empathy

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Independence!

A word from Curt Independence. Such a sweet word. We Americans cherish it.  Still celebrate it as a fire-cracking holiday each July. The Independence story in South Sudan is bittersweet. The following story shares why.   We spend about half of our time on The ...

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Where is “Up Country?”

  A word from Curt UpCountry We spend about half of our time Up Country. Our Journey takes us into northern Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya. We are currently on a trip with our home church (Dry Creek Baptist LA) to their people group, the ...

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Oh my soul! Bob and Nancy Calvert

      A word from Curt Dedication.   We are currently on a trip with our home church (Dry Creek Baptist LA) to their people group, the Kakwa. We’re posting chapters from our new ebook, Trampled Grass. If you enjoy the stories, please pass ...

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Trampled Grass Chapter 2 “When Two Elephants Fight . . . “

  A word from Curt Journey. We spend about half of our time on The Journey. Our Journey takes us into northern Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya. We are currently on a trip with our home church (Dry Creek Baptist LA) to their people group, ...

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Sunday Prayers

  A Word from Curt Prayer. What a good word. “Where do you pray?” This is the lead question many Africans ask. It’s an honest inquiry about your faith. Where do you go to pray? In our culture (here) it’s not intrusive or rude. As ...

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Travel: A Prayer for Packing

    A word from Curt On the Road.  It’s the way we spent much of our time. We’re often carrying money in three (sometimes four) currencies. I’m not complaining. It’s a privilege to travel, share the Gospel with new friends, and learn from Africa. ...

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It’s always about Relationships . . . Thoughts from the week

Passed this young man, AK 47 strapped on, pedalling an older woman to the market. Only in South Sudan.  From Journal #67 How you can pray this week: 1. Colleen and Gordy Glaser and Brady Glaser arrive late Tuesday night.  They join us and David ...

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Saturday Snips: A Day to Remember

I want to share several shots from a Saturday filled with waiting.           South Sudanese call white people, “Kawaja.” This is in contrast the East African moniker of “Mzungu.” I can easily tell if those calling at me are Ugandan or ...

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“Child-Headed Households” and “Unaccompanied Minors.”

   What in the world is a “Child-Headed Household” and “Unaccompanied Minor?”    Friday  21 March Back home in Entebbe Scroll down for prayer needs. The UN has a special term for them. They call them “Unaccompanied Minors.” It means they are  refugees who arrived without an ...

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Underdogs and a New Slides

Underdogs I’ve not sure I’ve ever seen anything that looked more out of place. As my grandpa said, “It was like a saddle on a pig.” Brand new shiny playground equipment in the midst of a ragtag barren refugee camp. I walked over to a ...

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“. . . It doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded.”

A lonely boy named James.   So take that look out of here, it doesn’t fit you.
 Because it’s happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded.
 Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming.
 Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted.
  -“In ...

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Saturday Snips: Thoughts from a “Soul Retreat”

Last week I took a Soul Retreat. I got on a crowded fishing boat and traveled to one of the islands on Lake Victoria.  It was a time for reflection, renewal, and writing.   In upcoming  blog posts, you’ll find many of the stories I ...

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The Day Indy Died

The Day Indy Died His name was Independence Moses Nono. A new child born on the new country’s first day. The first child born at a Juba hospital shortly after midnight. July 9, 2011 All full of hope and promise. His parents, Moses and Josephine ...

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