Rust: The Color of Homelessness

The Color of Homelessness   ADD HOMELESS LADY IN DRY CREEK   Most things in East Africa have a color. Including homelessness. In our part of Uganda, it wears red. Not a bright red. More of a dirty red. I’d call it the color of ...

Read More »

Both Sides Now: Mediators

BEING A MEDIATOR Both Sides Now:     elaborate on story of Franklins and Taylors I’ve gotten in lots of trouble in my life trying to mend things between folks. I have a good story about bringing two rural families together at school to end ...

Read More »

Underdogs and a New Slides

Underdogs I’ve not sure I’ve ever seen anything that looked more out of place. As my grandpa said, “It was like a saddle on a pig.” Brand new shiny playground equipment in the midst of a ragtag barren refugee camp. I walked over to a ...

Read More »

Snake Bit!

Snake Bit!   “At ________ Camp, we are averaging two snake bites per day.  In fact, a sixty year old woman is now fighting for her life as a result of a Puff Adder bite from last night.” –       Medical clinician at refugee camp meeting. ...

Read More »

A Mother named Mary

Today is her birthday. I won’t reveal her age but she was born in 1935, You can do the math. Her name is Mary Plott Iles. And she’s my mother. Don’t tell her to act her age.  She’s the youngest thinking person I know.

Read More »

Love in Four Languages

A Real Southern Gospel  Quartet Nothing connects with a person quite like truth in their heart language. I’ve never seen anything like it. And I’ve seen a lot. It was just like the Book of Acts. We five Americans were  ushered into the thatched roof-open ...

Read More »

Indiana Jones arrives in Uganda

A volunteer team from our home team in Dry Creek, Louisiana arrives today.  Pray for Pastor Charlie Bailey, Ken Farmer, and Ethan Bossier as God uses them in northern Uganda among the South Sudanese refugees.   “Bro. Henry, do you know who Indiana Jones is?” ...

Read More »

Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top, and a girl called Daizy Mae

      The Education of Daizy Mae Thomas  Part II    It has been a joy to be with Daizy Thomas, a precocious  8-year-old and her new mother, KB Thomas. They’ve been a joy to us as they await Daizy’s U.S. Passport.  (Please pray that ...

Read More »

“. . . fighting over their burying ground.”

Give me land, lots of land   “They fighting over their burying ground.” – “This Land”    John Lee Hooker It’s a story we hear variations on: It’s concerns land disputes in the aftermath of South Sudan’s long civil wars.* The following comes from the article, ...

Read More »

“. . . It doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded.”

A lonely boy named James.   So take that look out of here, it doesn’t fit you.
 Because it’s happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded.
 Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming.
 Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted.
  -“In ...

Read More »

Saturday Snips: Thoughts from a “Soul Retreat”

Last week I took a Soul Retreat. I got on a crowded fishing boat and traveled to one of the islands on Lake Victoria.  It was a time for reflection, renewal, and writing.   In upcoming  blog posts, you’ll find many of the stories I ...

Read More »

The Day Indy Died

The Day Indy Died His name was Independence Moses Nono. A new child born on the new country’s first day. The first child born at a Juba hospital shortly after midnight. July 9, 2011 All full of hope and promise. His parents, Moses and Josephine ...

Read More »

How to Survive a “I Hate Africa Day”

Welcome to the Creekbank Blog. We’re glad you’ve stopped by for a visit. If you have comments or questions, please use the form at the end of this blog post.       How to survive a “I Hate Africa Day”  “In the end, our Call ...

Read More »

Saturday Snips: Where is the “Danged Ol’ Dang”?

It’s Saturday and we’re sharing stories, snapshots, and snippets of the past weeks.  Enjoy! If you have comments or questions, please use the form at the end of this blog post.  We love hearing from our friends. Where’s the Danged Ol’ Dang?   “When two ...

Read More »