She’s a force of nature
Sunday, October 17, 2021

 Yes, of course, we all know that Jennifer is a force of nature, but today I speak of Julia Myhre. Julia flew out from Salt Lake City where she is studying for an MBA at the University of Utah to spend her week-long October break with us.  It’s the first time we have ever had the privil... .. 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..

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..

Schèmes; schemes and more schemes
Friday, October 15, 2021

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Safe & Secure
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

I'm feeling a lot happier since speaking with the Surgeon over the phone about my cast and removing it.  The cast (if you could call it that) was a bit Heath Robinson in its construction and felt very loose on my arm leaving me feeling quite vulnerable, so after chatting with the Surgeon abo... .. read more..

The apartment
Friday, October 22, 2021

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Fig chutney
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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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..

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..

We’ve Arrived!
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Since July of 2019, we have been looking forward to saying the phrase, "We've arrived in Mexico City!" .. read more..

Baptized in Jesus name!
Friday, October 22, 2021

What a privilege to baptize 2 sweet children in Jesus name yesterday! Keila and her brother, Israel, both received the Holy Ghost a few months ago, and yesterday went down in the water in Jesus name! It was so beautiful and I’m so proud of them! I’m so thankful for all that the Lord has .. 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..

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

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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..

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..

Equipping Equippers
Thursday, October 21, 2021

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A long hike
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Jennifer and I are listening to Kate Bowler read her newly released book (on Audible), No Cure for Being Human .  It’s her story of being diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer (metastatic — spread to her liver, etc) at age 35.  She’s a poetic, poignant writer — with a sense of humor (and ... .. 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..

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..

Cory's Delice Visit
Thursday, October 7, 2021

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Mississippi State Fair 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Mississippi State Fair rolls around every October.  It is another thing I love about being home in the fall.  I love riding the rides.  I love eating the foods.  I love all the exhibits and the shows.  Most of all, I just love the excitement that the fair brings. ... .. 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..

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..

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..

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