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Both Sides Now

Stories about Africa with a Louisiana twist.

Different Mother, Same Father

3 Key Prayer Points: Our home church, Dry Creek Baptist (La), arrives on May 7 for a week among their people group, the Kakwa. Curt and DeDe as they plan a late May trip to the Gambela region of Ethiopia. Wisdom and safety as we ...

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Footin’

  A word from Curt Africans call it “Footing.” It’s a verb.  As in “I’m footing today.” I’ve discovered that to really know Africa, one must “go footing.” Or as we’d say back home in the land of the pines and missing g’s, Footin.   ...

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The Things that Matter

Question: what’s the most precious material possession you’ve lost? Reply here or in form at end of post. . . .  it was a reminder that the things in life that matter aren’t things.   I stared at the Ethiopian security worker as she removed ...

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Part 2: “Come on in, Mr. Johnson

Yesterday, we shared a neat story about our local keynoter, Mr. Johnson. I titled his story, “Come on in, Mr. Johnson.”  You can read it at www.creekbank.net/blog In today’s post, I’ll share why the quotation is such a part of our family history. Enjoy!   ...

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From the Land of Double Negatives

I’ve just spent two weeks on the edge of a Civil War. I don’t how to describe it without using double negatives. I ain’t never seen nothing like it.    It’s all right (sometimes) to use a double negative. For emphasis.  To catch the attention ...

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Mary@80

    Quote of the Day:   Lord, open my eyes to count my blessings one at a time.  Teach me to be grateful for the people in my life. Amen My Mom turned 80 yesterday. We had a long encouraging talk on the phone. ...

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Notes from Chad: Roasted Camel and Fried ‘Hoppers

“Man, those fried grasshoppers are crunchy.” A word from Curt Chad. It’s a country. It’s called “The Dead Heart of Africa.”   That’s due to its location.  But it’s also due to the condition of the country.  Chad is a difficult place.  Hot.  Dusty.  Strongly ...

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Moved . . . Beyond Words

Greetings from Lizard City I was taught by my Louisiana great grandmother, Dosia Iles, “Baby, don’t ever hurt a lizard.”   Africa, like our Dry Creek Old House, is a place where lizards abound.   A word from Curt Actually, three words: 1. Curiosity 2. ...

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Bobby Richardson’s Best Catch

Bobby’s Best Catch:  Some would argue that it was his game-ending catch in the seventh game of the 1962 World Series. I beg to differ.   Thursday, 29 January As you read this, DeDe and I are traveling to a new African country. We’ll be ...

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A Day in the Life

It’d be a shame to have a boring life. Or a boring job. One of my themes for this year is: 1. Be Curious. 2. Be Wowed! 3. Tell about it. Here are a few photos and words about our week. All I can is ...

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Every Picture Tells A Story: Photos to Remember

  1. Be Curious 2. Say “Wow!” 3. Tell Stories Those three things are what I mostly do in Africa. I’m a storyteller. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. I have a very serious job here in the Chadan cluster. DeDe and I ...

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Lifting the Barn . . . Together

Lifting the Barn. Together we can do it. Even if you skip today’s post, don’t miss this video of several hundred people moving a barn in Nebraska. http://youtu.be/o83W0gj_CRE is my favorite “Pamoja” story: Herman Ostry’s barn floor was under twenty-nine inches of water because of ...

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Every Picture Tells a Story

If you enjoy today’s post, please share it with your friends.   It’s Saturday. That means it’s picture day. There’s purpose in this: every picture does tell a story. And a picture is worth a thousand words. In fact, in Africa, it may be ten ...

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Under an African Tree

Welcome to our Thursday blog Today’s theme continues with trees. I’ve been sharing stories from our Louisiana Piney Woods. Today I’d like to show some of the beautiful trees of Africa. We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.   But before we get to the trees, ...

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