The Real “Southern Gospel”

  A word from Curt Today is a travel day.  DeDe, JD Hull and I heading Up Country.  We’ll be at a strategic meeting with dozens of South Sudanese pastors and their wives. Our speakers are three leaders from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North ...

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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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Exploring the Land

  Prologue: Recently we told you about our upcoming month-long trip to the country of Dido.* This was a pseudonym for the country of Chad. This large country, twice the size of Texas, contains over seventy unreached people groups. We researched and visited two dozen ...

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Key Prayer Requests

A word from Curt As you worship today, we’d appreciate prayer on these current items: 1.  Continued blessings on our newest team member,  JD Hull.  He has been a blessing to all of the Chadan family.  He has just left two months of isolated Bush ...

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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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“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference” –Mark Twain

Thoughts from a Foolish Chapter: Proverbs 26    “Never argue with a fool.  Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference “ –Mark Twain* Wisdom from Proverbs on Fools . . .     On the surface it appears contradictory.  One Proverb says to ...

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A Prophet Has No Honor . . .

  A Prophet has no Honor in Dry Creek   From The Old House by Curt Iles Copyright 2002            This story is nearly too good to be true, but it actually is.The funniest things in life are not fictitious, but real ...

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The Open Hands Way to Live

  Elmer’s Open Hand I’m here in the dead heart of Africa.  It’s a country we’re calling (for now) “Dido.” DeDe and I have been here nearly a month and I’ve thought about Elmer Conner daily. Elmer Conner was one of my Lake Charles (Louisiana) ...

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The Sign Phantom

DeDe and I are out of country with limited Internet.  Enjoy today’s “reader’s favorite” from our second book. The Sign Phantom of Dry Creek From the book, The Old House, by Curt Iles Enjoy the Audio Podcast of The Sign Phantom It all began in ...

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Why I Write

Epilogue: Why I Write:   “If you’re able to quit writing, you probably should.” -Cec Murphey I write for the simple joy of expression. I have fifty-one journals that I’ve filled with stories, dreams, ideas, and the journey of my life since age seventeen. If ...

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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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Best Night of my Life

Enjoy an audio podcast of this story. One of the Best Nights of My Life                                                                                                             I pull into Dry Creek Camp at 10:00 P.M.    Normally I would be going home at this time, but tonight my night is just beginning.   Sitting in his ...

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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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