Hunting Season in Moi where anything’s game

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When we Moi hunt, we often take our whole family along. So on this particular hunting trip, I took my wife, our baby girl, our 4 year old daughter, plus my wife’s sister and her husband. We left here. We walked till we got to the Dagea river. After we hiked a ways, I said, “Take my small string bag for me, and I will head off in a different direction.”
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Why would we be sad?

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Why would we be sad….
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The three gals

The other day I was jogging on the airstrip, and three little girls joined me. As I was huffing and puffing to keep up, Adopo (far left) says, “Keoi (Moi language doesn’t have r’s or l’s so my name sounds a bit different here), do you realize all three of us don’t have mothers?” Me, “Oh, you’re right. Awww.” Menadi says, “Well, actually Pideondo’s (middle) mom abandoned her, but our two moms died.” ...

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Songs of praise from the ends of the earth…

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Songs of praise from the ends of the earth….

Bonade (named after my dad) is one of the many babies that “attend” literacy classes with their mom. Sure amazed at how hard these ladies are working at learning to read: daily attending class that goes nearly to noon, then hike to the garden to plant/harvest their food. All with baby/toddlers in tow. Gebumigea here is doing great and will be able to read God’s Word herself in just over 2 months ...

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Two worlds collide

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“YOU see me when I travel and when I rest at home. YOU know everything I do….If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” Ps. 139:3,9,10

We love these verses that remind us of God’s constant companionship and care. Some of our friends have asked us if it is hard to “fit back into” life in America when ...

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Home assignment happenings

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 Hello from hot and humid Ohio. -Reminds us of Indonesia, actually!

This summer has sure flown by. Even though we’ve been on the road most of the summer, it’s been a pretty rejuvenating time for us. In some ways it has been a healing time for us, as we reflect back on some hardships we faced this past term in Moi and really believing that it has all been for our good; that we have a sovereign heavenly Father Who desires ...

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Say …

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Ayaioma

Wai wai, awan keo, naawitenaae! It’s sorta a mouthful, but after repeating it over and over, I think I’ve got it down. 🙂 Saying sorry is almost nonexistant in the Moi culture, but this phrase seems close. Literal meaning is, "my, my, what did I do, go ahead and dislike me"

Some things like asking forgiveness and forgiving others seem like basic concepts but since the Moi aren’t used to dealing with one another in this manner, they’re learning it. ...

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What could go …

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Peanuts

Let me tell you what it’s like for the rest of us when said missionary wife "takes Moi daddy, mommy and new born out to the big town". Her last words to me I’ll never forget – Something along the line of, "You should have no problem taking the literacy class for me. Piece of cake. What could go wrong?"

Funny you should ask. My first day on the job, as I’m making my way up to the school house, ...

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Moi Literacy

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Please pray for the 14 Moi literacy students!  They are nearing the finish line of the course.  A number of Moi dropped out of the class, but we are thrilled that 14 of them are still going strong.

They pray daily that God will give them the wisdom they need to learn to read so that they can learn to read His Word!  That’s their main motivation to read. Bubabo reading

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…Christmas 2008 gathering with Moi believers

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Our big Christmas gathering with the Moi

This Christmas was memorable for the Moi believers.  Two weeks prior to Christmas, a number of men went hunting for wild pigs and marsupials for their first Christmas feast.  Their hunt was a success and many enjoyed the interesting "dishes" the Moi love to prepare and eat. 

The best part of the whole celebration, though, was meeting together with all our believers. They took turns going through Old Testament stories leading up to Jesus’s birth.  How exciting to see them retell them ...

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Pray for us as we prepare to  head back to Moi on May 14th. Wisdom in what to take back.  Safety in travels.

 

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