Devotions

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, and battery-operated fan! Packing Light   “Don’t get on the plane with any regrets.” – …

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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 game park visit, we saw thousands of animals in western Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. …

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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 prayer is the best medicine of all. Also, as I write this, a couple we …

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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 time it was known for much more than just sweet watermelons.   History of Sugartown, …

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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 at Dry Creek Camp.  For now, I’ll call her “Ty.”   Ty was a great …

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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 in scripture:  “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of …

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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 and your church can be involved in South Sudan, feel free to contact us at  …

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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 be a relaxed word. Seeking has an intensity to it. Similar words from a thesaurus …

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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.  And then there are the roundabouts.  Where we Americans would place a four-way intersections, Africa …

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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 it three (3) times weekly: Weekend/Tuesday/Thursday. Every day is different.  This is a photo trip …

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Thoughts from TheJourney.

Urgent Prayer Need  Posted on Tuesday, 18June, 2013 This morning our co-worker, boss, and friend, Bob Calvert, was involved in what we call “a missionary’s worst nightmare”:  A child darted in front of his vehicle and was hit.  Miraculousy, the child is going to recover.  We praise God. Read the following from Bob’s wife Nancy.  Pray for Bob, Nancy, Stephen …

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Thoughts on the African “Big Man Syndrome.”

June 1, 2013 My 57th birthday is today The Big Man    Scroll down to read “A Big Man named Leo Parker.” Idi Amin was The Big Man. I was reminded of it while watching the movie,  “Raid on Entebbe.” The Big Man. It’s a term used often in Africa. It describes a powerful person who rules autocratically.  Many, like …

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Heading up North: 6 Ways you can Help and Pray

Scroll down to learn more about what a “Mzungu” is. “It is unthinkable that we would send thousands of people overseas without covering them with a blast furnace of prayer.” – Tom Elliff, IMB president   Where I come from, we call it “plowing new ground.” But DeDe and I are 8500 miles from our Piney Woods home.  We’re in …

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No Woman/No Cry: Thoughts on African Life

It’s probably odd to read a blog from ” Someone on Mission” that quotes Bob Marley. But thanks to my African friend Eric, Marley’s “No Woman/No Cry” is stuck in my head. More importantly, the song is buried in my heart. I wonder if I’ll ever get it out. I’m not sure I want to lose it. What song(s) always …

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