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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Snapshots

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Today, as we were riding in a little 3-wheeled “bajaj” taxi toward a local outdoor market, winding our way through the traffic jam, with an overfilled bus on our left and vendors selling anything from cashew nuts to windshield wipers on the right, the thought of how surreal it is that we live in Africa settled in my mind.

2 months here have allowed us to glimpse just the veeeery tip of the iceberg in regards to what it means to ...

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Sheep & Their Mamas

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Dear Friends,

Spring Greetings!  Hopefully it is starting to warm up wherever you are after the cold spell we’ve heard about going through the States. So sorry that you have not heard much from us as of late. We have been in town for the last month unexpectedly but are very thankful for the Lord’s provision in the meantime. We came out to town for our regional meetings, an awesome time of connecting with our larger team here

Titus in the ER

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Retro Post (01-2013): “A Fruitful Death”

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A fruitful life is often talked about in Christian circles but a fruitful death rarely so. A fruitful life is a life which through its deep-rooted life in the Vine (Jesus Christ, Jn. 15) feeds and nurtures others. A fruitful death is likewise a death through which others find life and encouragement. We can think of many such examples, including Stephen (Acts 7) whose example challenged the apostle Paul, and Jesus Himself, the ultimate example of a fruitful death in ...
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Retro Post (12-2012): “Drawing a Blank”

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That awkward moment when someone has asked you a question and you’re about to voice your answer when your mind goes blank. Gone. You got nothin’. You sit staring with your mouth hanging open as if to say something, a long pause ensuing while your mind scrambles to remember what it was that you were going to say and, failing at that, it then spins into contortions trying to remember what the question was that you had been asked. Ever ...
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Retro Post (12-2012): “A Whole New World…Sort of”

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I knew coming back would be different. It always is. I always get culture shock coming back. But though I expected it to be different, some things just catch me off-guard. For example:

~I was in awe when I landed in Brisbane and saw miles of paved freeways surrounded by huge cement buildings and shiny cars! I’d forgotten roads that didn’t have missing sections. I realized that I was all tensed up sitting in the back of the taxi and couldn’t ...

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Retro Post (12-2012): “Last Days”

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Can you believe that my ten months here are already up?! And these last days have been madness! We successfully wrapped up our end-of-year inventory in the Clinic, filled several orders for medications for our bush missionaries that last week, and overall I had a good last week of work. I then had a busy weekend of visiting another missions base about 2-1/2 hr away for their Christmas festival, coming home, taking a shower and a nap and then enjoying ...
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Retro Post (11-2012): “Quick Patient Follow-Up”

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Some have wondered how the patients I’ve written about previously are doing. Unfortunately, we generally don’t hear back from them until there’s another health problem that they need treated. So, in general, we assume that if we haven’t heard from them they’re doing well! Not always a safe assumption but under the circumstances, the best one we have.

However, we have heard back from a few of them. The baby with seizures from the story “Out of the mouth of babes ...

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Retro Post (11-2012): “Bush Retreat”

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Through the provision of God I was able to join some missionaries in their bush tribal location this past week. The work they are in is an older work that had had the Gospel and had a church for some years but, after the missionaries moved out, the church began to diminish over time. Some people moved away; some allowed sin to grow up in their lives until it was overwhelming them and they no longer attended the church; and ...
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Retro Post (11-2012): “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!”

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My last night in the bush, my friend called me out to see the stars. The usual nighttime clouds had lifted revealing an elaborate, almost fireworks-like display of shimmering stars sprinkled densely over the dark sky. No moon was visible but the stars really looked as if they were twinkling. We saw two stars go shooting across and picked out the only two constellations we knew. But the glory and beauty of them were overwhelming! It was hard to go ...
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