Walking with the Spirit of Esther

A word from Curt This week is a time of adjustment.  Instead of trekking into South Sudan, we’re packing to go to the U.S.  It’s time to get rid of Smaug (that’s what I’m calling this dysenteric bug in my gut). I’m processing how I feel about all of this. With your permission, I’ll be …

Holding the Rope: Sunday, 28 June 2015

So many of you promised to pray when we left for Africa in January 2013. You’ve been so faithful and we thank God for each of you. (Phil. 1:3). Here is a short list of our prayer needs. It’s a short list full of big needs.  Thankfully, we serve a God who is big enough. …

A Timely Prayer Need from Curt and Dee

A serious prayer need. You can call me Lazarus. For the past six weeks, I’ve been up and down with a recurring intestinal bug. The doctors haven’t yet been able to diagnose what I have and it keeps coming back. I’m really struggling with this illness again. King Jehoshaphat, in a time of great trial, …

“Keep ‘er Between the Ditches.”

  A word from Curt Many of you are praying and holding the rope for us. Thank you. My dysentery bug has left me.  I hope for good. Pray for our trip this weekend to South Sudan.   “Keep ‘er between the ditches.” -Parting words of my friend, Mr. Frank Miller.         …

The Tribe: Holding the Rope. You can do it!

When you pray, you’re holding the rope. When you pray for our work in Chadan region, you’re not only holding the rope but become part of what God is doing here. Put another way, when you pray you become part of our tribe of reaching the least reached. Thanks for being part of the Creekbank/Chadan …

The Week That Was: Words and Photos

A week in the life I’ll let these photos of the past week speak for themselves.   2                                   Ugandan school children.       We live astride the main road connecting the Indian Ocean at Mombasa, Kenya and …

Riding the Cyclone

  Clack . . . Clack . . . Clack. The rollercoaster slowly climbs the steep incline up the wooden carriage. I hear the boards below the rails strain and creak. I wonder when’s the last time they tightened the bolts and nuts. As always, I think,  “Why in the world did you choose to …

This Land Ain’t for Sale

Give me land, lots of land. Give me land, Lot’s of land, But don’t fence me in.     “This land’s their burying ground. They fightin’ o’er their burying ground.” -John Lee Hooker   One of the things that first astounded me about Africa was the land for sale signs. I stand corrected. The signs …

Homesick Water

I’m sure every road-weary man around that wilderness campfire never forgot the moment. That sacred moment. A gift of love delivered at great risk and cost. Homesick Water   It’s strange the things you miss on an extended sojourn. That’s especially true in Africa. The big question when a teammate is making trip to the …

It’s Sunday: Can you help hold the rope?

  Quick post today: Here are major prayer needs for our Chadan team. Please share with your church family and friends. When you pray, you’re holding the rope. When you pray, God works. Prayer needs Maridath Lane joins her husband Robert in Warrap State, South Sudan this week.  Pray for safe journey and for their …

The Week That Was: Wow!

A Word from Curt It’s Saturday. Always a good time to look at the past week. Here are photos from the week that was in Africa. Tucked in is a story you’ll enjoy:  3 Apes I’ve Known. Enjoy! DeDe with our friends Kristen and Mary Margaret in Nairobi. 3 Apes I’ve Known Monkeys can be …

At Garissa Part III

Tested faith can become stronger faith.   A word from Curt Today concludes the third part of a story,  “At Garissa.” It’s built around a recent tragedy in Kenya where Al Shabab terrorists killed nearly 150 college students. It is a harrowing story that has shook this part of East Africa. In Part I, I …

At Garissa Part II Where to Take our Doubts

        It’s a decision. Where do we take our doubts and questions? We can keep them bottled up and stew in our own juices. Or we can take them to Jesus. It’s a decision. A word from Curt Wow.  Yesterday, we began a three part essay on trying to understand evil and …