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Irony, Solitude, Vocation, and Bob White Quails

The Week that Was It was more than ironic. I spent two days in the culinary capital of the United States: New Orleans. And I have no appetite for their wonderful seafood, soul food, po-boys, and beignets. We saw our doctor(s) at Tulane Medical.  They ...

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Ax Head Soup

  Scroll down for an update on today’s trip to Tulane Medical Clinic.  I was told this story by a South Sudanese. It’s a tale of optimism. The right story to share on the fourth birthday of the world’s newest country, South Sudan. During the ...

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Happy and Sad

The voice spoke from the desert darkness, “Pick up stones and you will be happy and glad.”   There’s a mythical story concerning a trading caravan traveling through the Sahara Desert. After a long day, they camped in a wadi, a dry river bed. About ...

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Update: From Louisiana

  Sojourn:   a temporary stay.   Friday,  3 July    You’ve held the rope by praying! DeDe and I have been traveling since Tuesday night. Here’s a quick update: -We left Uganda at midnight on June 30. (Our time zone there is 8 + ...

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Walking with the Spirit of Esther

A word from Curt This week is a time of adjustment.  Instead of trekking into South Sudan, we’re packing to go to the U.S.  It’s time to get rid of Smaug (that’s what I’m calling this dysenteric bug in my gut). I’m processing how I ...

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A Timely Prayer Need from Curt and Dee

A serious prayer need. You can call me Lazarus. For the past six weeks, I’ve been up and down with a recurring intestinal bug. The doctors haven’t yet been able to diagnose what I have and it keeps coming back. I’m really struggling with this ...

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“Keep ‘er Between the Ditches.”

  A word from Curt Many of you are praying and holding the rope for us. Thank you. My dysentery bug has left me.  I hope for good. Pray for our trip this weekend to South Sudan.   “Keep ‘er between the ditches.” -Parting words ...

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The Tribe: Holding the Rope. You can do it!

When you pray, you’re holding the rope. When you pray for our work in Chadan region, you’re not only holding the rope but become part of what God is doing here. Put another way, when you pray you become part of our tribe of reaching ...

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The Week That Was: Words and Photos

A week in the life I’ll let these photos of the past week speak for themselves.   2                                   Ugandan school children.       We live astride the ...

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Riding the Cyclone

  Clack . . . Clack . . . Clack. The rollercoaster slowly climbs the steep incline up the wooden carriage. I hear the boards below the rails strain and creak. I wonder when’s the last time they tightened the bolts and nuts. As always, ...

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This Land Ain’t for Sale

Give me land, lots of land. Give me land, Lot’s of land, But don’t fence me in.     “This land’s their burying ground. They fightin’ o’er their burying ground.” -John Lee Hooker   One of the things that first astounded me about Africa was ...

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Homesick Water

I’m sure every road-weary man around that wilderness campfire never forgot the moment. That sacred moment. A gift of love delivered at great risk and cost. Homesick Water   It’s strange the things you miss on an extended sojourn. That’s especially true in Africa. The ...

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The Week That Was: Wow!

A Word from Curt It’s Saturday. Always a good time to look at the past week. Here are photos from the week that was in Africa. Tucked in is a story you’ll enjoy:  3 Apes I’ve Known. Enjoy! DeDe with our friends Kristen and Mary ...

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At Garissa Part III

Tested faith can become stronger faith.   A word from Curt Today concludes the third part of a story,  “At Garissa.” It’s built around a recent tragedy in Kenya where Al Shabab terrorists killed nearly 150 college students. It is a harrowing story that has ...

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