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Resource Availability: Superfluity vs. Disparity

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Introducing…
The Middle-aged, Divorced, Former Small Business Owner, Urban Living with a Beard, Men’s Study Bible
…because you deserve a Study Bible that is uniquely designed for you.
(Available in three versions!)

Yes, the above announcement is a fictitious study Bible … I think.

Recently I received a message promoting another new English Bible translation that claims “… the balance between accuracy and readability that was 20 years in the making!” Why is choosing the Bible such a task? … Which version is ...

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Learning to Trust

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Recently we heard about a village in need of missionaries (one of many) that is high in the mountains.  The weather almost every morning is clear, but then late morning the clouds roll in and the people live the rest of the day in the clouds, so thick at times that you can’t see a few feet in front of you.  That is how life can be for all of us sometimes.  The future can be very unclear or foggy. ...

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Update on house progress

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Last week I was in My Village from Wednesday to Saturday. I saw that they had made progress on my house, but the masons weren’t there working at all during the time I was there. It sounds like the progress has really slowed down. Yesterday the guy who’s like our middle man, dealing with the masons and the whole building process, came over and we talked about it. He said that he’s going to put more pressure on the mason, ...

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Testing 1-2-3

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The end of the school year is approaching and for many of our families that means it’s time for annual testing. For me it means administering standardized tests to various students in various locations. This week is the second week of my annual “testing season.”

In the next few months I will have several more weeks of testing in various locations. In fact, my desk currently has several stacks of tests and resources needed for the various testing sessions. So far I have ...

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Songs of praise from the ends of the earth: Emma Grace’s Song

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One of the stories Joel was able to tell over the past few weeks was a precious one. You may have seen it if you followed any of NTM’s social media channels, but the story of a little girl, Emma Grace, captured the hearts of many.

About nine years ago, a little girl was born to parents in the Moi people group in an Asian Pacific island. Her father, doubting that she was actually his child forbade the childs mother to ...

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God Knew

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30 years ago, I was an uncoordinated child who just loved to dance.  My grandmother took pity on me and decided to pay for dance lessons.  Little did she know those lessons would only be the beginning.  6 years later at the beginning of high school I joined the dance team.  It just happened that this dance team did something unique – our amazing coach allowed the seniors to actually choreograph the routines.  Not only did this give me first ...
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4 eyes

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What do you see in this picture? What does it look like to you? It’s the housing of professors at a prestigious university in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, where I trained some colleagues last week on how to do PGA (survey work).

When I first saw this housing, I was using my “Burkinabe” eyes, and it looked amazingly extravagant. Look at those huge houses and all that grass, and the fact that it’s by water, and how far away the houses are ...

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He is risen. What’s next?

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We remembered and entered into the suffering and sacrifice, then we sweetly celebrated His resurrection. But what’s next? Is it just a joyful moment to relish in like so many other holidays? Or should we keep our eyes on what Jesus did next too?
Like you, we just celebrated Easter (and managed the feat of getting three kids and three adults out the door for a sunrise service – let’s just thank coffee for that ????) but I find myself thinking, ...
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Last Month in Pictures

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As I mentioned in our update letter, we’d have a video here and quite a few pictures to share with ya’ll! The last 2 months have been a time of adjustment and learning for our family. Most of the pictures speak for themselves, so I’ll let them do what they do best!

Aute is our primary language helper. He’s an exuberant man who’s energy seems to have no bounds. A lot of language learning is simply listening to and telling, or ...

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Bible Story Books

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A big thank you to all of you that have prayed for Heidi and her language helpers as they have gone through the process of getting a children’s Bible story book published in Isnag. We are very happy to announce that the books are now in the hands of Isnag children.

It is our hope that the books will not only help with literacy but also help parents take time each day to teach their children about God.

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