Heartbroken . . . but still in Love

    Friday, 15 March Adjumani Uganda Scroll down for prayer needs. A full day of being in refugee camps.  Nothing will break your heart like seeing thousands suffering and facing uncertain futures. Yet even in our heartbreak, we are in love. In love with ...

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. . . wonder what the dogs are doing . . . ”

Homesickness and Friendship Fires   Today is our son Clint’s 30th birthday.  It’s only fitting that I drag out his most famous story. As the fire warmed the cold Arkansas night, our mouse friend enjoyed leftover pieces of our macaroni supper. As we sat there ...

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A Goat: Maybe A Dog: Never

We’re away (beginning Wed. 12 March) from the world of internet for most of the next week.  DeDe and I are traveling in northern Uganda with a Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief team. They are representing Baptist Global Response and learning how we can touch the ...

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Spent Bulletts at the Trust Jesus Saloon

“It’s Being a Long Time”  Truck sign   TRUST JESUS SALOON   THANK GOD I MADE IT.   I’M NOT MAKING FUN. I’VE WRITTEN 11 BOOKS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PRINTED WORDS.  YOU CAN FIND MISTAKES GALORE.   SPENT BULLETT   IF YOU FIND ...

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Displaced? Yes Misplaced? Never

Displaced but not Misplaced. A displaced person has left their home for succor within their home country. A refugee has crossed a national border for the same reason. There’s really no difference.  Just a matter of geography and ________. All have hurting hearts. All need ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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?” ...

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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 ...

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“. . . 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, ...

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