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Mabel’s Sweet Song

Mabel’s Song   But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25   Anyone can sing when things are bright and the sun is shining brightly and our circumstances are easy. But ...

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Whistling Past the Graveyard

A note from Curt We continue with stories from ten years ago, as chronicled in our book,  Hearts across the Water. Yesterday’s post,  Grandma Rodrigue, touched many of you, including me. If you missed it, click here. Today’s post is humorous. It’s a true story ...

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Grandma Rodrique and the Storm

A Word from Curt We’re moving through stories in Hearts across the Water.  Ten years ago I wrote this book about three live-changing disasters:  the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I’d forgotten about the chapter entitled,  “Grandma Rodrique.” I was moved as ...

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Long ways from Chicago to Johnson’s Bayou

Al, the FEMA Gator Man     “Amos Moses was a Cajun. Lived by himself in the swamp. He hunted alligators for a living, Just knock them in the head with a stump.” –“Amos Moses” Jerry Reed He was the first federal official I met ...

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Displaced or Misplaced?

    Displaced… but not Misplaced…     So often similar words can sound alike but mean totally different things. One word can soothe, while a similar word can irritate and divide. On my first trip to Asia, I quickly learned that there is a ...

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New Orleans: City I love/City I hate

New Orleans—City I love, City I hate     Now as He (Jesus) drew near, He saw the city and wept over it. Luke 19:41–42   Only a native Louisianan can understand it. And even we cannot fully grasp (i.e., wonder) if some psychology doctoral ...

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Katrina: The City of Hope

    Katrina—The City of Hope Listen to Podcast of story     August 29–30, 2005   And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV This is the story of a place where ...

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Our Weatherman: You mean that’s his real name?

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes. We’re sharing excerpts from Hearts across the Water, a personal memoir written during 2005. Chapter 17 : Lyle Whitlake August 29, 2005 It’s 2:30 am and I’m driving from the Houston airport east toward my Louisiana home. ...

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He may have been the Reason I was sent to Indonesia

A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll ...

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Bruce the Millionaire

  A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next ...

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He just wanted us to hear his story

  A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next ...

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“Belum”: An Optimistic Word

A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next week, ...

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The Missionary Prayer: “Lord, I’ll get it down but . . . “

A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. ...

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“Have you ever met one of your American Presidents? I met two on this beach.”

Chapter 5 : Henry     I met Henry among the ruins of Lampuuk on our first visit there. It had been over eleven weeks since the tsunami. Henry lived in a tent not far from the only remaining building in Lampuuk: the local Mosque. ...

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