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Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

A Thought: Bricks Without Fire

A word from Curt The Borderlands Team is compiling a devotional book for Refugees. The following is a short devo I wrote. I hope it blesses your life.     Bricks without Fire   Scripture:  Daniel 3:24-25 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar . . . declared to ...

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A Final Report from Uganda: Dust on the Bible

    “Please welcome my brother of a different mother.”  – wonderful South Sudanese introduction   Dust on the Bible    “I went into a home one day just to see some friends of mine Of all their books and magazines, not a Bible could ...

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Her name isn’t Naomi or Ruth; it’s Martha

  Thanks for your heartfelt comments to our latest blog. Being present at both the church and burial touched me beyond words.   I met the mother, Martha (We’ve named her Naomi/Ruth), and her two daughters the next day.  They are from the Murle Tribe ...

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New Life and Death: On the Refugee Rollercoaster

Hotel cleaning lady in Entebbe. On my arrival, I was badly jet-lagged. She came to me, “Bwana, your shirt is on backwards.” This is after I changed it correctly. I thanked her   New Life and Death: On the Refugee Camp Rollercoaster   Sometimes I ...

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Getting ready to teach on Tuesday. Here’s how to pray!

  I began teaching at Uganda Baptist Seminary Today on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (We’re 8 hours ahead of CDT). It’s been a rough, tough, adventurous journey to get here, but I’m ready to do what I came to do: teach the Book of Acts and ...

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A Hero and Patriot . . . Nearly Forgotten

DeDe and my sister Colleen leave today for Kenya. Pray for their teaching time among the women in Kakuma Refugee Camp. I leave a week later for Uganda. Please hold the rope for us by praying daily. (We will be eight hours ahead of CDT). ...

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A Hero and Patriot Remembered

  John McCain   He is a hero and a patriot and fittingly, he is being buried as one. John McCain, regardless of your politics, was a great American. Whether you agreed with him or not, he would do anything for what he considered his ...

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Wow! Africa, Westport, and Sugartown. That’s Juxtaposition.

A word from Curt It’s one of my favorite fancy words: juxtaposition. It’s really a simple word with a short definition: It’s “comparing and contrasting two or more items.” In this week’s Creekbank Storyletter, I’d like to share about three juxtaposed places. Africa.  A week ...

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A Remarkable List: 1351 Blog Posts

Today is Journey # 1351 at www.creekbank.net. I thought you’d enjoy the first story I ever blogged on December 1, 2006. The Journey of one thousand miles begins with one single step. -Chinese Proverb   Catfish Lies: Straight from the Delta When is the truth ...

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From “The Pineywoods Manifesto”: Know Those Who Serve

  The following is from the upcoming book by Curt Iles, The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s is a collection of essays and life lessons for his four grandsons. Noah, Jack, Jude, and Luke Iles. He is currently blogging book chapters at his website, www.creekbank.net Know Those ...

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Go Trojans! The ASH Streaker of 1976

Go Trojans!   I wouldn’t believe this story (or tell it) if I hadn’t heard it directly from Jimmie Hooks. Mr. Hooks was one of my Dad’s closest high school friends, a successful business in DeRidder (Big D Corral and Hook’s) and a fine Christian ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Dream, Goals, and Plans

A word from Curt We continue with chapters from our upcoming summer book, The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s written for my grandson about the values and priorities of the unique culture of western Louisiana. Our plan is to release end at summer’s end as an e-book ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Be Kinder than Necessary

This is another chapter from our upcoming book, The Pineywoods Manifesto. Be Kind.   Kindness: a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.   Always be kinder than necessary. It’s a trait that both blesses the receiver and the giver. It leaves ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Keep Your Powder Dry

A word from Curt My summer project is a small book entitled The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s for my four grandsons and is my attempt to pass on the qualities and values of my home area of western Louisiana. Also, at our website, you can currently download for free ...

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