Branded! Laugh and Enjoy

1. Stay Cuious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Share Stories. That’s basically what I do. It’s who I am. I have a curious soul and a love of stories. It often gets me in trouble but always results in memorable stories.   The story below is one of my favorite funny stories.  Not quite sure of …

A Good Word called Hospitality

A Tribal Code of Hospitality     … So he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29   I’ve never been to Afghanistan and probably never will go. It is a long and dangerous way from America. Especially hostile is the mountainous area that serves as the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is …

The Week that Was: Photos and Sketches

The Week that Was   Be a superhero.  Write. Share. Influence your World.           A word from Curt Each weekend, I have my weekly review.  It’s an opportunity to look back over the past week. (I split my review from Saturday to Friday). This is also a chance to look ahead …

36 Years and Going Strong

Scroll down for “Director’s Cut Comments” on our wedding photo. 36 Years and Going Strong Let me set this straight. I married way above myself. Men, don’t laugh. Most of you are in the same category. The night in 1976 when I get the courage up to ask DeDe Terry out on is a special …

Thoughts on the Victory Dancer

  Today would be the 81st birthday of my Dad, Clayton Iles. Spending the month of July in the house he built has brought back such a flood of good memories. He was fun. He was solid. He was my Daddy   “A giant has walked among us. He had soft steps and a kind …

The Harvest always follows the Plowing.

Plowing and The Harvest.   Enjoy the audio of this story. 1. Be Curious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Tell about it.   I get in lots of trouble being curious. But I also learn so much. The best stories begin with a simple question,  “I noticed you . . .” Most folks are more than …

LLL: On Life Long Learning

One of my key words is Gratitude. I want to live the Gratitude-filled life. Today, I’m especially thankful for all of you who’ve prayed for DeDe and I during our transition back to the U.S. Our hearts are still divided between Africa and Louisiana, but we have a deepening peace that we’re right where we …

Holding the Rope

  A quick note: Thank you for holding the rope in prayer and encouragement for DeDe and me. Here are three ways to pray: 1.  Pray for two members of our Chadan team that will go to Chad in August. 2.  Pray for continued healing for Curt.  I’m slowly getting better. 3.  Pray for DeDe. …

“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 Most Popular Birthday and My Reading List

Reading friends, Today is a brief blog. I’ve been sick all week with a viral digestive bug.  Pray for healing.  I leave Saturday for a trip Up Country with my home church in Louisiana. Two things are on my mind and heart: One: Birthdays in South Sudan Two:  Books I’ve been reading.   Birthdays  We’re …

The Open Hands Way to Live

  Elmer’s Open Hand I’m here in the dead heart of Africa.  It’s a country we’re calling (for now) “Dido.” DeDe and I have been here nearly a month and I’ve thought about Elmer Conner daily. Elmer Conner was one of my Lake Charles (Louisiana) heroes. A spiritual mentor and encourager during my years at …

Gleaning: Sketches and Shots on the Passionate Life

  A word from Curt The word is passion. It’s how I want to live my life. And you don’t have to come to Africa to live the passionate life. Part of my formula for the passionate life is journaling.  It’s been integral to my life since age 17. I’m now on journal #73.  Each …