“Leaning Trees” from Deep Roots

A word from Curt It’s the truth: with God, the best is always yet to come. That doesn’t mean life gets easier. Aging normally means life becomes more difficult. That can be, and often is, true. But as our Jesus-Walk deepens, The way is sweeter. ...

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Travel: A Prayer for Packing

    A word from Curt On the Road.  It’s the way we spent much of our time. We’re often carrying money in three (sometimes four) currencies. I’m not complaining. It’s a privilege to travel, share the Gospel with new friends, and learn from Africa. ...

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Sketches and Snippets of Africa

To read the entire “suitcase” story, scroll down to the blue text. Sketches of Africa The Weight It seems everyone is African is carrying something heavy. All day. All of the time. We saw it all– most of the items carried on the bearer’s head. ...

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Wet Paint

Epilogue: Wet Paint This painting by my beloved uncle, Bill Iles, hangs in DeRidder’s Beauregard Museum. It features one of DeRidder’s earlier meeting places, The Royal Cafe. Uncle Bill is my greatest writing encourager as well as a mentor and friend for life.     ...

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Snippets from New Sudan

Storm over Juba Jebel Kujur   (“Spirit’s Mountain”)     This mountain, that overlooks Juba Town from the west/north, is considered the ancestral home of the witch doctors/spiritualists/seers of the Juba area.   We took this photo from the doorway of Nuru Baptist Church as a strong storm ...

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Catching Up

                    A Word from Curt I’m been chewing on this word:  stalwart Stalwart.  It means healthy, steady, dependable. It’s a good word.   Key Prayer Need: Please pray for DeDe as she finishes her time with ...

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After the Train Wreck

After the Train Wreck   “Every man—sooner or later—has a train wreck.”  TWEET THIS   Often times it’s in their thirties or forties.  Sometimes earlier, sometimes later.   Train wrecks come in all varieties and sizes but the result is the same.   A man ...

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A Death in the Desert

A word from Curt The word is Astonished. It’s become one of my favorite words. It’s great to be nearing age 60 and still be astonished. Africa is a place of amazement and astonishment. It surprises you. Sadly it often surprises with sudden death. That ...

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Chapter 4 from Trampled Grass: #UpCountry

      As you read this, DeDe and I are Up Country in northern Kenya. We are researching Unreached People Groups at Kakuma Refugee Camp. The following story is from our upcoming ebook,  Trampled Grass. You can follow both of us on Twitter with ...

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Chapter 2 Trampled Grass

    A word from Curt Our upcoming ebook,  Trampled Grass, will be released in late September.  It contains forty stories about the amazing people of South Sudan and northern Uganda. The purpose of Trampled Grass is two fold: 1. To share stories that put a face on what ...

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Preview Trampled Grass Chapter 1

 A word from Curt Amazed.  It’s a word that we often use in Africa. Our upcoming ebook,  Trampled Grass, will be released in late September.  It contains forty stories about the amazing people of South Sudan and northern Uganda. Its subtitle says it all,  “Stories ...

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2 Stories: Why I’m thrilled about David Platt

              A Word from Curt: Passion! It’s a good word. It’s the best word that describe David Platt, our new president and leader of the International Mission Board. Passion. What’s even neater is that Platt has another trait that ...

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Blind Man Bart comes to Africa

  A word from Curt:  Desperation Desperation. Normally a word used in a negative connotation. But not always. In tonight’s Guard/Neighbor Bible Study, we’re studying the story of Blind Man Bart. A man with a God-sized problem who was desperate to get to Jesus. I ...

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He ain’t heavy . . .

A word from Curt In a word:  Relationships                     He ain’t heavy.  He’s my brother.    

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