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 in the days after Katrina. Our New Orleans evacuees had the same question day after …

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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 word you don’t want to use. It’s a word called “refugee…” According to the UN, …

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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 student has ever written a dissertation on it: The unique love/hate relationship that exists between …

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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 faith, hope, and love collided in the last days of August 2005. It is the …

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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. The westbound lanes of Interstate 10 are full of vehicles slowly crawling toward Houston. It …

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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 share stories from Katrina and Rita. Read a sample chapter of the new ebook version of  Hearts …

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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 week, we’ll share stories from Katrina and Rita.               …

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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 week, we’ll share stories from Katrina and Rita. New cover of ‘Hearts across the Water’ …

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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, we’ll share stories from Katrina and Rita. Read a sample chapter of the new ebook version …

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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. Beginning next week, we’ll share stories from Katrina and Rita. I believe you’ll enjoy today’s …

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Prayer

A Word from Curt Thank you for praying for us. I have been well all week with only one day of sickness. I am so grateful.   My sweet wife DeDe is the most spiritual person I know.  I envy her steady intimate walk with Jesus. I am sharing this with her permission:   On Prayer It was the first …

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The Silent City. The Sad City.

We’re continuing with excerpts from Hearts across the Water.  This collection is a memoir from the year 2005 and three events that shook the world:  the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I was part of a Louisiana medical team that landed in Indonesia about eighty days after the earthquake/tsunami. Chapter 4 : The Silent City   Our …

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