Hope and Memory in Hidden Valleys
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Dear friends, Our latest print-friendly newsletter is linked below and will be appearing in mailboxes soon. (Click on the image to view it full-size in your browser.) We also sent out an email with a few announcements and prayer requests that you won’t see posted publicly here or on ou... .. read more..

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Missions depends on faithfulness. All of God’s promises in Scripture are faithful and true. Then there is human faithfulness, something we must each address in our own lives.God’s mission is accomplished by those who are faithful to His call. Saying “yes” and going is only... .. read more..

Who needs a walker?
Saturday, October 23, 2021

We continue to thank God for Jennifer's progress. This week: 1.  We moved back up to our bedroom upstairs.  Jennifer is navigating the stairs confidently-but does hold on to the railing going each way. 2. We moved out the upright piano we inherited from Jennifer's mother (dozens of keys... .. read more..

An African Parable…
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pezinho (Peh-zeen-yoo) left home just after dawn on a cloudless, warm, Saturday morning, ready for his long, familiar trek to the village of his parents.  It would take him all day, so he carried a small, scrubbed oil jug filled with quissangua, the local drink made with ground corn powder, sugar... .. read more..

So Better than Retirement
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

“John, you cannot retire”, I was advised by several people that I admire. They saw my role in ministry in Japan and beyond as being too crucial to just abruptly stop. My family also knew that I could not just stop working and tinker with my hobbies. So we prayed and God led John to this new minis... .. read more..

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
Thursday, October 7, 2021

P eople often talk about where they were when some important event in history occurred. Think of it as the “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” phenomenon. My answer to that one is that I wasn’t born yet. But I do know exactly where I was when I learned that Elvis had died. Safeway. Or when th... .. read more..

Flu jab
Friday, October 22, 2021

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Late Night Music
Saturday, October 23, 2021

I love coming through in the morning to make a pot of tea only to discover that one, or both of my boys have been playing their instruments late in to the night and maybe even had a jamming session together. This pic is of Joel's personal pride & joy; his PRS, and what really blesses and exci... .. read more..

mid-week bonus
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

On 9/11, five days after Jennifer's accident, one of the former teachers of our kids in Bundibugyo (Michelle Lee) sent me a link to a song which she and her kids learned at a YoungLives camp last summer.  I wept while listening to this song over and over and over... Take a couple of minutes ... .. read more..

We’re Busy
Friday, October 8, 2021

Join Mel and Monica for an unedited phone conversation about everything from idols in our lives to senior graduation. It’s fun and thought provoking. Come chat with us! .. read more..

The good and the bad, and joy in the midst of it all
Friday, October 15, 2021

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The apartment
Friday, October 22, 2021

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Fig chutney
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Urgent Need
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Last week while traveling home on the highway, Caleb had to brake quickly to avoid hitting a Kangaroo. Tamara and Jessica were also in the vehicle. Caleb did a fantastic job at stopping and managed to barely hit the kangaroo, which jumped up and hopped away. While still in the vehicle and at a co... .. read more..

Throwback Thursday!
Thursday, October 14, 2021

5 years is a big milestone. As a ministry, Manna 4 Lempira began six years ago in Mercedes, with the Tablon and Betania programs beginning 5 years ago, and the Quelacasque program opening 4 years ago. That means that our programs are an average of 5 years old, and we think that is something to ce... .. read more..

Craving connection
Friday, October 8, 2021

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MS Gulf Coast October 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021

We have spent much time on the road during this amazing Stateside Assignment.  We truly love to be out meeting with people, sharing in churches, and seeing new sights.  Last weekend we had another opportunity to do just that.   We headed out on Friday in route to the Mississip... .. read more..

Not For Sale!
Monday, October 18, 2021

"Is your unicycle on Gumtree yet?" This seems to be a common question amongst those that I've seen since breaking my arm just over a week ago, and the answer is very simple: "No they are not!" (yes I have seven unicycles) and nor will they be until such time as I'm physically unable to ride, and ... .. read more..

Happy Little Praise and Prayer report
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Have you ever noticed that prayer requests and praise reports usually have more overlap than the happy little trees in a Bob Ross painting? Where does one end and the other begin? That’s why this post will not be separated into individual prayer/praise categories. You’re getting the forest, not t... .. read more..

Autumnal Updates (our latest newsletter)
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Hi everyone, Autumn is upon us! Guess that means it’s time for another quarterly newsletter. Please follow this link to view, download or print the PDF: Autumnal Updates Thank you! .. read more..

Manuel, CV, Success, Conflict, World Views, Dr Hodges…
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Beautiful, little Manuel (last post) has now had three cycles of therapy, one mild and two heavy and he is doing well, though it has been a rough run.  He needs at least two more cycles.  Please continue to pray for Manuel and his beautiful father, who never leaves his side. . Betsy and... .. read more..

Cell Phones and Chicken Feet
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

For a variety of reasons, we have a lot of catching-up to do. I’m talking about personal, practical matters. For example, some van maintenance, and the regular emission check that we have to do here in Mexico City. And Nathanael is finding school work a particular challenge. But there are a... .. read more..

日本語のニュースレター「Dear Friends in Japan」vol.11
Monday, October 11, 2021

いつもありがとうございます。最新のニュースレターをこちらのリンク通してダウンロードができます: https://drive.google.com/file/d/166R-5f5PypfMnpdopRa1tNF5THxkplEk/view?usp=sharing お祈りをよろしくお願いします。 .. read more..

Words to Go Around Baby Pictures
Monday, October 18, 2021

When talking about today’s blog post, Trish told me I didn’t have to work too hard on the actual writing of the post because the post also contains a lot of baby pictures. Cool, huh? And these aren’t pictures of just any baby. These are pictures of Allen and Trish’s latest grandchild. The fifth o... .. read more..

More progress
Sunday, October 10, 2021

 To my surprise, I see that it has been 5 days since I last posted any progress report.  It’s hard because the day-to-day progress is so subtle. At the end of the day, I think to myself, “Nothing much to report today.” Just that same old rhythm of Jennifer doing her little self-guided p... .. read more..

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