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First Day in the Village

8 AM - The rest of the team had preceded me to the village as I had to stay in town to catch up on some urgent emails and issues with reconnecting our phones and such…. So I got up and had my devotions, forgot breakfast, and was off to deliver parts to fix our Nissan 4x4 truck, etc. 9 AM - I was waiting at Team House in town for the taxi to come and take me to village where I found that the electricity was off there as well as the water. It was rather hot and humid this morning. Stanley is there and I talk with him for 2 hours while waiting. Stanley has been ...

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OVERNIGHT IN MBANGWETA

Definitions: “Overnight” = a technical term meaning an all night “Prayer Meeting”. “Prayer Meeting” = this does not mean that we only do prayer the whole time. No! It is a long meeting broken into many varied activities – testimony times, intercession times, singing as we dance in a circle, if there is a sound system there may be a recorded song played loudly while people come up and do crazy dances, some food and tea breaks, some brief sermons, perhaps a Jesus Film… An “overnight” is a great social time, especially for youth and young believers...

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Grateful

"I will cry to God Most High who accomplishes all things for me..." "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you: He will never allow the righteous to be shaken."  "But as for me I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it all." God has kept his promises to us 1000 times. When I look back I am amazed again and again. These are the things He has accomplished this year:   The Church The many bible studies we have had over ...

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June 30

I sat down with Parity an hour before church. He was preaching today. He has come a long way since we first came into contact with him. I remember him coming to our Thursday night gatherings at the House of Moses before any baby Moses's were found with us – one small candle on the floor, 30 people, mostly kids, crammed into the small room, hilarious worship songs and some dancing... Parity would come quite regularly, then unexplainable miss a couple weeks. He always seemed over excited and too eager to please. I was never sure what was going on under the mask. Mike ...

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JUSTICE! COME!

She looked disheveled and poorly clothed – was she drunk? or crazy? The way she sat in the dirt - without the normal Zambian regard for decorum – even in the poorest places they will not sit until there is a reed mat or even a rock to sit on. I wondered her story. As we started our DBS (Discovery Bible Study) we made our customary round the circle with “What are you thankful for?” When it was her turn she started talking and just didn't quit! With the others there would be pauses for translation for us few “Whites” in the circle. But not now. And normally the ...

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Four years, and still searching for the foundations…

  "And he went out... not knowing where he would go... living in tents... looking for the city with firm foundations whose Architect and Builder is God."    God spoke to us years before to “go” - we didn't have much more than that. Then in my struggles to trust Him, He was so gracious to give us indisputable signs that in fact, it was all true – He was leading us and would provide for us by His hand. I asked for a sign once when on a beach prayer trip – show me a completely whole sand dollar – without a single chip – and I will believe. That day I ...

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Thank You All!!!

Regina and I are winding down our two month time in the land of good and plenty. We want to thank all the people and churches that made our stay so fruitful. For Regina and me, pouring into our children's lives is our highest Kingdom duty, privilege and strategic investment. We are living in Philomath Oregon – living in a trailer behind our oldest son, beside the pastor of this church, in front of our daughter's family, and just a few miles from our other son and spiritual-daughter! Evenings of work parties and popcorn movies, canoe trips and a beach get-away, year's ...

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The Few…

“And he appointed twelve… that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach...”  I stumbled into the kitchen at 3 AM, troubled by “internal” problems – an intern testing my commitment of unconditional love. In my bleariness I got a glimpse of my prize avocado seed that had finally sprouted in magnificence – the promise of fruit and shade and beauty. Suddenly the Whisper of Jesus came – “I have called you (corporately) to be a place of growth for my people. Each have unique callings – an avocado tree, an African violet, an eggplan...

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I HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED…

“The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything that I need: green pastures... still waters... valley of death... your rod of correction... your staff of guidance... abundant table... enemies all around... anointed head... dwelling in the Secret Place continually.” I wonder when I read people's FB posts – I don't often, it's kind of depressing to me – is it only my friends – or do normal people have the “status” of their day exemplified by a statement of what they are dreaming of eating this morning? If they were living on the edge of life and death, of new ...

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HAVE YOU SHARED THE GOSPEL THIS MONTH?

“So the farmer went forth sowing seed...” ~ Jesus “... therefore, Go...” ~ Jesus, after his resurrection. “The world is my parish.” ~ John Wesley   …..............................................................................................................................................   “How often have you shared the gospel last month?” The question came as I was asking God for perspective on our ministry. We were all about watering and nurturing and shaping the disciples, hoping they in turn would sow the seed - but they were yet ...

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