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Oh my soul! Bob and Nancy Calvert

      A word from Curt Dedication.   We are currently on a trip with our home church (Dry Creek Baptist LA) to their people group, the Kakwa. We’re posting chapters from our new ebook, Trampled Grass. If you enjoy the stories, please pass them on. You can download the entire book at www.creekbank.net. We’ll be posting about this …

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Trampled Grass Chapter 2 “When Two Elephants Fight . . . “

  A word from Curt Journey. We spend about half of our time on The Journey. Our Journey takes us into northern Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya. We are currently on a trip with our home church (Dry Creek Baptist LA) to their people group, the Kakwa. We’re posting chapters from our new ebook,  Trampled Grass. If you enjoy the …

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“We Stand Amazed” Chapter 1 of Trampled Grass

                  A word from Curt Amazed. It’s become one of our favorite words over here. It goes along with another well-used interjection. Wow! In the coming weeks, we’re sharing chapters of our just released ebook, Trampled Grass.     Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell Others. –Mary Oliver In the mirror: may we …

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Sunday Prayers

  A Word from Curt Prayer. What a good word. “Where do you pray?” This is the lead question many Africans ask. It’s an honest inquiry about your faith. Where do you go to pray? In our culture (here) it’s not intrusive or rude. As you go to pray on this Sunday, would you please share these three requests with …

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Wish you’d been there . . .

A Real Southern Gospel Quartet   Flash prayer need: A team from our Louisiana home church will be working among the Kakwa during the next two weeks. Pray for Aaron, Todd, and Garrett as well as our church leaders in Uganda and South Sudan. Scroll down for  other needs   Nothing connects with a person quite like the truth in …

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Travel: A Prayer for Packing

    A word from Curt On the Road.  It’s the way we spent much of our time. We’re often carrying money in three (sometimes four) currencies. I’m not complaining. It’s a privilege to travel, share the Gospel with new friends, and learn from Africa. Tomorrow (5 October 2014) we leave for an extended trip to Kenya.  As always, we …

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Sketches and Snippets of Africa

To read the entire “suitcase” story, scroll down to the blue text. Sketches of Africa The Weight It seems everyone is African is carrying something heavy. All day. All of the time. We saw it all– most of the items carried on the bearer’s head. My favorite was the lady carrying an old Singer sewing machine on her head, arms …

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Wet Paint

Epilogue: Wet Paint This painting by my beloved uncle, Bill Iles, hangs in DeRidder’s Beauregard Museum. It features one of DeRidder’s earlier meeting places, The Royal Cafe. Uncle Bill is my greatest writing encourager as well as a mentor and friend for life.           The following essay is from my second book, The Old House (2002). …

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Snippets from New Sudan

Storm over Juba Jebel Kujur   (“Spirit’s Mountain”)     This mountain, that overlooks Juba Town from the west/north, is considered the ancestral home of the witch doctors/spiritualists/seers of the Juba area.   We took this photo from the doorway of Nuru Baptist Church as a strong storm moved in.   Takeaways:   Juba, the capital of South Sudan, is indicative of the …

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Catching Up

                    A Word from Curt I’m been chewing on this word:  stalwart Stalwart.  It means healthy, steady, dependable. It’s a good word.   Key Prayer Need: Please pray for DeDe as she finishes her time with her Dad and family in Louisiana.  Pray for her sister-in-law Kay in the loss of …

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After the Train Wreck

After the Train Wreck   “Every man—sooner or later—has a train wreck.”  TWEET THIS   Often times it’s in their thirties or forties.  Sometimes earlier, sometimes later.   Train wrecks come in all varieties and sizes but the result is the same.   A man finds himself broken. Dreams shattered. What he views as reality is distorted. The true reality …

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A Death in the Desert

A word from Curt The word is Astonished. It’s become one of my favorite words. It’s great to be nearing age 60 and still be astonished. Africa is a place of amazement and astonishment. It surprises you. Sadly it often surprises with sudden death. That is what today’s blog is about.  It’s simply my written attempt to come to grips …

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Chapter 4 from Trampled Grass: #UpCountry

      As you read this, DeDe and I are Up Country in northern Kenya. We are researching Unreached People Groups at Kakuma Refugee Camp. The following story is from our upcoming ebook,  Trampled Grass. You can follow both of us on Twitter with hashtag   #UpCountry.   CHAPTER 4   UP COUNTRY       “I’m going up …

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