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.   I wonder if that lady survived. I wonder why God allowed the pastor in …

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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 sided church service. The service is in full swing. If you’ve never been in an …

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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?” “No. Does he live in Dry Creek?”                          …

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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 this process will finish soon.  KB has been in country since November 30.)   Update: …

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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, “Winning the War, but Losing The Peace.**   A Madi man returning from Uganda goes …

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“. . . 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 a Big Country” * *Complete lyrics at end of post   “I found him out …

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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 wrote. They are simply from my heart to yours.  Enjoy!   It’s a long  way …

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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 Nono gave him the full name of Moses Independence. The mother shared in news reports …

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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 is to Him. Everything else is just geography.” Is it a sin to have a …

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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 elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.” -African Proverb   It’s called “The Dang.” You’ve probably …

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Colonel Sanders arrives in Adjumani

  Welcome to the Creekbank Blog.  We’re in Africa where “the stars are not familiar.”* 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. (Africa is a long way from home and your feedback is encouraging.)   COLONEL SANDERS COMES TO ADJUMANI It’s the land …

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Displaced: Sheriff Bishop’s Sidearm

Armed and Ready    It’s odd that I’ve been thinking of Sheriff Bolivar Bishop here in Africa. We’ve been immersed in refugee matters for the past months.  Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have been on the move due to fighting within the country between government forces and defected military units. Recently, a Louisiana group of pastors from my home …

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Saturday Snips: Is a picture really worth 10,000 words?

  Today’s Saturday Snips is different You’ve heard the cliche: one picture is worth a thousand words. If so, you’re looking at 100,000 words below.  I’ve selected ten photos from our week among refugees in northern Uganda and South Sudan.  We’ll let them speak for themselves. I believe every face and scene will eloquently show you the needs, tears, and …

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