The Evergreen Cedar Tree

  The Evergreen Cedar Tree From The Old House by Curt Iles I was born in a small town.  And I can breathe in a small town. Gonna die in a small town, That’s probably where they’ll bury me.                                                                         – John Mellencamp, “Small Town” Driving through the fog of an October morning, it is hard to …

Thanks for Holding the Rope

  Two years ago when we left the Louisiana piney woods for red dirt Africa,  so many of our churches, friends, and families promised to “hold the rope” for us. They’ve kept their word. Tonight we speak to a gathering of these same folks who sent us out. They’ve asked,  “How can we do more?” …

Sorrow at the King’s Grave

  King Tambura’s Grave   A palm limb slapped me as we trekked through the overgrown underbrush to the king’s grave. The trail was narrow and evidently unused. It seemed nearly an insult to a great king.   King Tambura was the greatest king of the Zande people, a tribe that lives in the tri-corner …

Hands and Hearts: A Word for Today

  For those of you enjoying a daily helping of Christmas Jelly, today’s post will publish at noon CST. A word from Curt Today, it’s three words. StayOnMessage. Listen to a podcast of this message: Thoughts on Reached the Unreached   ( 4 minutes  Draft of message at FBC Durham)   DeDe and I share …

“Epilogue” Ch 40 from Trampled Grass

   African is full of hospitality. Coy Webb and Abrahim Kiir. Be aware Be Astonished Tell Others We started with poet Mary Oliver’s three-strand cord anchoring the Amazing Life. It’s a good spot to end this journey. I’ve been enjoying a rocking version of one of my favorite hymns. I stand amazed in the presence …

“Lagniappe” Ch. 39 from Trampled Grass

         A word from Curt Today’s word is lagniappe. You’ll learn more about this neat word in today’s post. Enjoy!   We’re posting chapters from our new ebook,  Trampled Grass, daily. Tomorrow is the last chapter. We believe you’ll enjoy today’s story, “Lagniappe.”*   You can download a copy at : Read sample …

“Come On Over” Ch 38 from ‘Trampled Grass’

    We’re posting chapters from our new ebook,  Trampled Grass, daily. There are three more chapters including today’s post. You can download a copy of Trampled Grass at : Read sample chapters or purchase at Amazon. Read sample chapters or download at www.creekbank.net You can download the entire book as a PDF at creekbank.net by signing up …

“Hold The Rope” Ch 37 from Trampled Grass

Header photo: Ulua Camp children “help” with hose during borehole drilling.                                                                                       A true African church: Jombu Baptist Church                                                                                                                                               Eastern Equatoria State/South Sudan. Jumbo Baptist Church is a truly African church. And that’s as it should be. Pastor Charles Remo and his fellow Kakwa believers are making a mark for the Gospel in …

“The Word” Ch 36 from Trampled Grass

  The village leader met us at our vehicle. He gripped my hand. “I know you have good news for us.” He was right. We had the best news of all: the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings hope and forgiveness. Later, we were at an isolated refugee camp. The physical needs were obvious. “What …

“I Hate Africa” Ch. 34 from ‘Trampled Grass’

        We are humbled and honored that nearly 1000 readers like you are daily visiting our blog.  If you enjoy what you read, please use one of the social media buttons (above) to spread the word.   Thank you, Curt Iles Creekbank Stories: Stories Worth Telling   We’re posting chapters from our …

“Storm Fatigue” Ch. 33 from ‘Trampled Grass’

We are humbled and honored that nearly 1000 readers like you are daily visiting our blog.  If you enjoy what you read, please use one of the social media buttons (above) to spread the word. Thank you, Curt Iles Creekbank Stories: Stories Worth Telling        A word from Curt Fatigue. It means exhaustion. …

“Brick By Brick” Ch 32 from Trampled Grass

We continue our march through our new ebook, Trampled Grass.  Chapter 32 (below) is one of my favorite stories from the book.  Be sure to read the updated postscript. We’re posting chapters from our new ebook,  Trampled Grass, daily.   You can download a copy in four ways: Read sample chapters or purchase at Amazon. Read …

“Act Of Faith” Ch 31 from ‘Trampled Grass’

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. –Hebrews 11:1 NLT “Water is invisible when it’s underground. God put it down there and it’s our job to find it.” –Silva, Ugandan Hydrologist  Note boys in tree watching drilling Drilling a borehole is …