Vanuit mijn keukenraam…

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Vanuit mijn keukenraam zie ik ’s ochtends vroeg de dolfijnen spelen in het enorme water van de Amazone rivier. Op zo’n 20 meter afstand van mijn aanrecht komen de vinnen met sierlijke bogen even boven het wateroppervlak. De sereniteit van dit spel wordt regelmatig doorbroken door luide kano’s met buitenboordmotor. Dat zo’n eenvoudig bootje zo’n herrie kan maken en zo snel voorbij vliegt, blijft me verbazen. Helemaal feest wordt het wanneer de schipper boven het geluid van zijn motor uit ...
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Zion is where you are

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Shiloh Park Lagoon

Shiloh Park

Shiloh Blvd Memorial Park

This is what my home town of Zion Illinois looks like when winter shows up all in one day.  Zion, as a city, was a great place to grow up. It’s founders’ had a dream to create a perfect city, one built on the foundation of God’s presence with us.  Truth be told, it has always been a broken earthly dwelling place simply because we all are human and fall short of anything resembling perfection.   Our hearts though, do yearn for ...

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Check engine light

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This week I’ve been working on replacing the neutral safety switch in my car. The check engine light has been warning about this for months, but it’s only when the car failed to start that it became important enough to replace.

A quick look through Proverbs reveals a host of warnings against foolishness, laziness, strange women, love of money, and many other things. Just like the check engine became part of the forgotten background of my car, sin left alone will ...

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House progress!

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I thought I’d send you a few pictures to show you the progress on our houses in My Village. The house with the walls mainly up is Jen’s house last Wednesday evening, and the one with the foundation in place is mine that same day. But now that it’s been a few days, I imagine that mine also has walls as high as Jen’s does, or at least pretty close. There’s progress!

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30!

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Saturday was my 30th birthday. I’m so old! But I also realized:

– When I was 0, I spoke 0 languages.
– When I was 10, I spoke 1 language pretty well – English.
– When I was 20, I spoke 2 languages pretty well – English and French.
– When I’m 30, I speak 3 languages pretty well – English, French, and Jula.
– Hopefully by the time I’m 40, I’ll speak 4 languages pretty well – English, French, Jula, and Viemo.
– ...

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30!

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Saturday was my 30th birthday. I’m so old! But I also realized:

– When I was 0, I spoke 0 languages.
– When I was 10, I spoke 1 language pretty well – English.
– When I was 20, I spoke 2 languages pretty well – English and French.
– When I’m 30, I speak 3 languages pretty well – English, French, and Jula.
– Hopefully by the time I’m 40, I’ll speak 4 languages pretty well – English, French, Jula, and Viemo.
– ...

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Price of Beans at Manila Market…not by the pound or kilo but by…?

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After pricing oranges ($1 each) and apples ($2 each) at the Manila grocery store, Darryl decided the market was a better place to buy them even if they have worms and other non-descriptive items in them. They are about half the price.

As he was waiting his turn in line, this boy was selling beans. The price was 20 cents per Styrofoam piece.

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All in a Week

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I spent last week getting an additional 18 portions ready for the 2nd stage of the translation process. These portions are needed for lessons our co-worker, David, plans to teach within the next two years. On Sunday, the sermon was from the book of Mark and it was an encouragement to see Isnag Bible portions being used.

The little guy in the picture above was brought to the clinic with pneumonia. Fortunately, we have an oxygen machine and ...

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I would give anything…

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“Dear God, thank you for forgiving me and thank you SO much for taking all of our consequences.”

That was Ty’s prayer last night, and I can’t tell you how awesome it was to get to hear his little heart express that to God. I found myself thinking, “If it were possible, I would do anything, give anything if it would help my child to be saved.” And it hit me that God feels the same way- He would give anything, ...

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