Thoughts on Packing Carefully

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost* Going #UpCountry (Again)   “Up Country” is what folks here call northern Uganda. It’s a wild, open, and fascinating part of Africa. Right now, thousands …

Saturday Snips: Stories, Snapshots, and Sketches

Scroll down to see our current prayer needs. Heartbroken . . . but still in love You remember her (0r him).  That person you fell in love with as  a teenager. And I bet you remember how it felt when he/she jilted you. It was heart-breaking.  And I bet if you’re honest, you feel a …

If the Lord’s willing and the Nile don’t rise . . .

Back home, we have trouble with dogs and coons in trash cans. Over here, it’s monkeys. We are currently headed home from NW Uganda. I’ve scheduled this post ahead of time. Thank you for praying for our trip.  I cannot wait to get home and share new stories with you. Gratefully, Curt   It’s the …

One Year in Africa/ Six Lessons

  6 Things Africa has taught me as a Writer  “The shortest distance between the truth and a human heart is a story.” -Anthony DeMello This week my wife DeDe and I celebrate a year in Africa. Often times I look around and think of how far I am  from my Louisiana piney woods roots.  …

Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

It’s one of my favourite things in Africa. Greeting and meeting. Meeting friends and family at the Entebbe (Uganda) airport.  We live about 5 km from the terminal and love meeting folks and family there. They say that Henry Morton Stanley struggled on what he would say when (and if) he found David Livingstone.  Legend …

Heartbroken . . . but still in Love

We’re sharing information on our country of South Sudan. Although we live in Entebbe, Uganda, South Sudan is our assigned country.  We were due to move there next month, but the current fighting has put that on hold. We are truly heartbroken at what is happening with the country but still desperately in love with …

Heartbroken but still in Love: South Sudan

Heartbroken    This week we our blogging will consist of putting faces on the chaos going on in South Sudan. You’ve heard the stats: at least 1000 dead . . . 150,000 displaced.  Numbers don’t move us like faces and stories. This week you’ll be meeting Simon and Rachel, Pastor John, Two Teachers, a family …

Life Planning: Thoughts on a Growing Marriage

For years, I’ve given newlyweds our “Signposts on the Road to a Happy Marriage.” It’s simply a collection of short sayings that keep a marriage going.  Along with the Signposts Card, I give a $2 Bill as a reminder that in God’s eyes, “Two become One.” During this first week of the new year, I’m …

A New Year: A Few Questions to Ask

2 January 2014   A new year is always a time to take inventory. I view it as an opportunity to look back as well as look ahead. I’ve developed the habit of using the week after Christmas to solidify about what will be most important to me in the new year. I invite you …

December 19 Christmas Jelly: “Tractor Time”

    Tractor Time     When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face. I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space. On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be And there the world …

Heartbroken: How you can pray for our country, South Sudan

       In the coming days, we’ll be updating this Prayer Post for South Sudan. This will allow you to be praying for peace and stability.     Heartbroken  Thursday, Dec. 26 Read a simple but accurate report on the South Sudan Crisis. Christmas Day  25 December 2013 Today’s verse to pray over South …

December 22: A Gift from DQ

  The following story comes from chapter 22 of our short story collection,  Christmas Jelly. A Gift from DQ     Christmas is a time for gifts, and there are all types of gifts. The best gifts come from our hands and hearts. They are created through a strong combination of love and skill. I’m …