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Photo of the year: tired boy after my stirring Missions Talk. I shook him awake after other boys left. "Hey, I put you to sleep. Now I'm waking you up." He stared around the room unsure of where he was. "You're at Piney Woods Boys Camp," I said, "In Woodlake, Texas."

The Rope: How you can help

Scroll down for photos and notes from a week to remember.

Holding the Rope:

We depend on our friends to pray for us.  We call it holding the rope.  Here are the priorities for the coming week:

  1. We’re teaching a Bible study to college students at our church, The Gathering Place Wardville. Pray for Jesus to be the true teacher and me to be a student.

2. Pray for DeDe and her new teaching job. She is teaching her specialty (4th-grade language arts) at a new school (Our Lady Alexandria).  Pray for this new ministry in her life.

3.  Our new book, Trampled Grass, has been written as a promise to not forget our refugee and national friends in Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya.  Pray that these stories will penetrate hearts and touch lives far (influence) and deeply (impact). Influence and impact are the reasons I write and share.

Trampled Grass is now available at www.creekbank.net
Trampled Grass is now available at www.creekbank.net. Use contact form at end of                                                           blog to order your persoanlly autographed copy.

4. I’ll be part of a national fiction writing conference this week. Pray that I’ll be a lifelong learner and gain insight into how to make our work in progress,  As the Crow Flies, better.

God continues to answer prayer all around us.  Read this blog on Monday for “Louisiana Rain”, a new story of answered prayer.

Thanks for holding the rope.

As promised, here are notes and images from the week:

 

Sketch of sign near Waju Refugee Camp in West Nile, Uganda.
Sketch of sign near Waju Refugee Camp in West Nile, Uganda.

This sign (sketched above as well as original photo below) has been on my mind all week. My chaplain job at two mills involves this simple trait:  liking people and being interested in them. It’s the foundation and bridge to building relationships that can make a difference.

Of all the things I learned in Africa, this simple sign is near the top.
Of all the things I learned in Africa, this simple but profound sign is near the top.

Uncle Sam rides again

Timely movie connected to the ongoing Fort Polk "Tresspass Horses" saga. Have you seen it?
Timely movie connected to the ongoing Fort Polk “Trespass Horses” saga. Have you seen it?
Uncle Sam is the story of a grizzled Calvary soldier freeing his horse at the end of the 1941 La. Manuevers.
Uncle Sam is the story of a grizzled Calvary soldier freeing his horse at the end of the 1941 La. Manuevers.

 

 

On Monday, I’ll have an interview with KALB-TV. It is related to my children’s book,  Uncle Sam: A Horse’s Tale.  This fun book details one of the legends of how the famous Fort Polk wild horse herd came to be.

Once again, the Army is planning to remove the “trespass horses” from their land.

Uncle Sam, as well as its companion novel, A Spent Bullet, has been used in defense of leaving the horses alone.

A Spent Bullet

A Trip to Dry Creek

Most weeks, I make the hour long drive to Dry Creek. It’s a chance to see my precious mom, walk our land, and reconnect with my roots.  Here are shots from last week.

The old barn in Dry Creek is slowly but surely falling down. A rich part of my life.
The old barn in Dry Creek is slowly but surely falling down. A rich part of my life.
This classic Bill Iles painting of Crooked Bayou hangs in the home of my sister Colleen Glaser and her husband Gordy.
This classic Bill Iles painting of Crooked Bayou hangs in the home of my sister Colleen Glaser and her husband Gordy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smithart Road near East Beauregard School

Trip to Boston

Here are shots from our recent trip to New England.

Humpback whales in Atlantic.
Humpback whales in Atlantic.  There’s a neat You Tube video of our outing.
My son Terry saw a homeless man with this sign in Harvard Square.
My son Terry saw a homeless man with this sign in Harvard Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our New England stay, I walked through this old graveyard in the rural town of Harvard, Mass. I was touched by the numerous military graves from both the American Revolution and the Civil War. This grave of Waldo Stacy caught my heart. I caught myself saying, "You weren't on our side, but you were on the right side."
During our New England stay, I walked through this old graveyard in the rural town of Harvard, Mass. I was touched by the numerous military graves from both the American Revolution and the Civil War. This grave of Waldo Stacy caught my heart. I caught myself saying, “You weren’t on our side, but you were on the right side.”     The inscription reads that he died in the Battle of the Wilderness.  The GAR marker is for the Grand Army of the Republic.  This was the official name of the Yankee army.

Summer Camp

I’ve just finished five weeks of summer camps. It was a privilege sharing missions stories.  The photo below is my favorite memory of a summer to remember.

 

Photo of the year: tired boy after my stirring Missions Talk. I shook him awake after other boys left. "Hey, I put you to sleep. Now I'm waking you up." He stared around the room unsure of where he was. "You're at Piney Woods Boys Camp," I said, "In Woodlake, Texas."
Photo of the year: tired boy after my stirring Missions Talk. I shook him awake after other boys left. “Hey, I put you to sleep. Now I’m waking you up.” He stared around the room unsure of where he was. “You’re at Piney Woods Boys Camp,” I said, “In Woodlake, Texas.”

 

This is called a Author One Sheet. I'll be sharing it with editors and other professionals this week at this week's conference.
This is called a Author One Sheet. I’ll be sharing it with editors and other professionals this week at this week’s conference.

 

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About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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