What to remember . . . what to forget

Tuesday’s Blog:  Remembering and Forgetting     It’s a face only a mother could love. They usually describe Jackson’s Hartebeest as “horse-faced.” That’s not a compliment where I come from. But it’s the most memorable of all of the animals we saw. On our recent ...

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Whoever heard of a term called “Ground Truthing”?

Ground Truthing and Eternity-shaping Decisions   It’s the most difficult par of our job as an Engagement* Team for South Sudan. Which tribes/people groups are truly Unreached?   Whom do we seek to reach first?   What church(s) in America or Africa will commit to ...

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Great News Today

Good News from our friends among the K-People: 30 new believers in village close to border. Pray for a healthy church to come out of this.

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Appointment at Samarra: Thoughts on Fate, Fear, and Life

“Living in fear is just another way Of dying before your time.” -“Shut Up and Get On the Plane.” Drive By Truckers song   I first read the following short story as a teen. It’s still a favorite and very pertinent for the unrest going ...

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Home Alone: Random thoughts from a Saturday.

Saturday Blog 21 Sept 2013 Thanks to all of you who are praying for my health.  I’m much better today and I attribute it to your prayers. I have a good African doctor (she looks about twenty but knows her stuff) and good medicine. But ...

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Best Part of Africa: New Friends and Faces

I’m often asked, “What’s your favorite thing about Africa?” I smile. “It’s the people. The warm smiles when they realize you’re not an unfriendly “mzungu” (white man) but a person who has come to build a relationship and learn from them.” Are there things I ...

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Where Corn Don’t Grow

Curt’s Tuesday Blog Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Entebbe, Uganda   We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to visit our friends in rural Uganda and South Sudan. You can view a video clip of the memorable welcome we received. For some reason,  the song “Where ...

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Coming in from the Bush

We’re returning home from a memorable trip into the Internet-less rural South Sudan. Stay tuned for stories, photos, videos and more.

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Gonna lay down my burden . . .

Carrying your burden   Not everyone can be trusted with a burden. Can you? This is probably the first (and maybe last ) devotional thought ever written to mention ZZ Top and a scripture together. It’s about burdens and the heavy weight of carrying them. ...

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Sugartown: Queen of the Frontier

Scroll down through this history to read “Another Iles Comes Home to Sugartown.”   It was once called “The Queen of the Frontier.” There’s not much there now. But it once was the only civilisation between Alexandria and Orange, Texas. It’s called Sugartown.  At one ...

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Just Thinking . . .

Daddy   The first time she used the word while praying, it startled me.  I’d never heard the word Daddy used like that.   “Daddy, I want to come to you today in love and gratitude.”   She was a college student working with us ...

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The Art of Manly Handholding Part 1

Tony’s Hand   Tony gripped my hand as we started across the busy highway.  Vehicles, boda-bodas (motorcycles) and bicycles sped past in both directions as well as on each shoulder.   He carefully guided me across the Kampala-Entebbe Road.   I thought of Solomon’s words ...

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Looking for a few good men . . . who love Jesus and cattle.

Posted below is an series of stories about an American group’s work among the Dinka tribe of South Sudan. Called the Nehemiah Team, this student group worked in and out of the Cattle Camps of the world’s newest country. If you’re interested in how you ...

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Seeking . . . A Good Word for The Day

It’s a good word.  Seek. It’s a double-first cousin of another good word. Search. Seek. Search. Sought. Strive. Hunt for.   It’s a word with a sense of passion . . . maybe even a sense of desperation.   It’s different from looking. Looking can ...

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