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Thoughts on the Wedge of Discouargement

  Writing Note:  I have friends who are currently discouraged. As I’m praying for them, I recalled one of the most insightful fables about the subject of discouragement. As you read this, please join me in praying for my friends as well as any others ...

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The Six Words Shaping my Life

6 Words that keep my feet on the ground . . . and my grip tight. MY CURRENT words are  1.   My Jesus-Walk 2.   Living Gratefully 3.   Learning Passionately 4.   Connecting! 5/6.  Impact and Influence.    I’ve developed the habit of using 6 words to help focus my life. ...

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The best stories often come from Africa.

How is the grass on your path?   But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private . . . -Jesus  in Matthew 6:6   When an African becomes a Jesus-Follower*, he is taught ...

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Going to Dinka Country

If you’d like to subscribe to our blog, click here.  The Dinka are best known for their great love of their cattle. We’re looking for some Southern Jesus-loving Cattlemen to come over and share the Gospel with them!   How you can pray this week. ...

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Packing Light . . . Packing Carefully

In our latest Open Hands Africa newsletter, I quote my favorite poem from my best-loved American poet, Robert Frost. I’ll feature it on a future blog as well as my second best-loved poet.  You’ll be surprised. Reminder: Don’t go into the Bush without your light, batteries, ...

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What to remember . . . what to forget

Tuesday’s Blog:  Remembering and Forgetting     It’s a face only a mother could love. They usually describe Jackson’s Hartebeest as “horse-faced.” That’s not a compliment where I come from. But it’s the most memorable of all of the animals we saw. On our recent ...

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Home Alone: Random thoughts from a Saturday.

Saturday Blog 21 Sept 2013 Thanks to all of you who are praying for my health.  I’m much better today and I attribute it to your prayers. I have a good African doctor (she looks about twenty but knows her stuff) and good medicine. But ...

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Sugartown: Queen of the Frontier

Scroll down through this history to read “Another Iles Comes Home to Sugartown.”   It was once called “The Queen of the Frontier.” There’s not much there now. But it once was the only civilisation between Alexandria and Orange, Texas. It’s called Sugartown.  At one ...

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Just Thinking . . .

Daddy   The first time she used the word while praying, it startled me.  I’d never heard the word Daddy used like that.   “Daddy, I want to come to you today in love and gratitude.”   She was a college student working with us ...

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The Art of Manly Handholding Part 1

Tony’s Hand   Tony gripped my hand as we started across the busy highway.  Vehicles, boda-bodas (motorcycles) and bicycles sped past in both directions as well as on each shoulder.   He carefully guided me across the Kampala-Entebbe Road.   I thought of Solomon’s words ...

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Looking for a few good men . . . who love Jesus and cattle.

Posted below is an series of stories about an American group’s work among the Dinka tribe of South Sudan. Called the Nehemiah Team, this student group worked in and out of the Cattle Camps of the world’s newest country. If you’re interested in how you ...

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Seeking . . . A Good Word for The Day

It’s a good word.  Seek. It’s a double-first cousin of another good word. Search. Seek. Search. Sought. Strive. Hunt for.   It’s a word with a sense of passion . . . maybe even a sense of desperation.   It’s different from looking. Looking can ...

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Throwing your hat over the wall. . .going in circles.

Ramblings and Musings from Uganda   Going in circles . . .   There are lots of challenges to driving in Uganda.  Driving on the left side of the road.  Steering wheel on left side of car.  Weaving in and out of thousands of motorcycles. ...

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A Day in the Life

How do I even begin to describe Africa? I’ve updated my reading list.  I post it to spur myself on as a L.L.L. (Life Long Learner).  Enjoy!  What’s on your reading list? We’d be honored to have you subscribe to this blog.  I normally update ...

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