Spotlight on Arenales
Monday, May 13, 2019

Third in a series of posts about the Sister Church Sponsorship programs. The first post was A Vision for Guacutao and the second was A Seattle 4 Lempira Anniversary Update . ********************************************************************** We’re continuing to shine a spotlight on the various... .. read more..

Surprise!
Monday, May 13, 2019

Surprise – there’s a new update in your inbox! This is just me being funny about it….although I did find a baby snake in our hallway this morning while cleaning the house. This might have been the face I made … Continue reading → .. read more..

Mockery, Enjoyment, Maturity, Partnership…
Thursday, May 16, 2019

  In my last week in Cavango, prior to our return to the US for four months of connecting with our supporters/partners, malaria was on the increase and the parasite mocked my efforts while taking several young lives. Medical decision-making involves the use of mental protocols (algorithms) f... .. read more..

The Little Train That Could (photo of the week)
Monday, May 13, 2019

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Some photos of Bordeaux
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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How Things Begin…
Monday, May 20, 2019

Our next trip took us down to a family who just began what we call staging. Staging is the process of moving close to the village you want to serve in and beginning the process of asking permission to move in. After which they then must find or build housing to move in. Since this […] .. read more..

Bordeaux in the news
Monday, May 13, 2019

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Last Day of First and Third Grade May 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019

We recently finished up our school year.  Here is a look at how we celebrated the last full day. For breakfast I made sunshine shaped banana pancakes with chocolate chip faces.  Even though rainy season will be starting soon in Guatemala we are still celebrating summer. After breakfast ... .. read more..

Perfect park in the city
Monday, May 13, 2019

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Little patterns
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hello! I got bored with my monthly survey, so I didn't do one for April, and in the meantime another month went by. I was reflecting on how we tend to rotate through different patterns of daily routines in our household. Of course there are certain patterns that I would prefer to see more often t... .. read more..

Dominick's dream
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Our three year old Dominick has been telling us about a dream he had during Easter week. The dream too place on the night of April 18th, 2019. Seven years ago, on April 18th, 2012, I lost my wife and six year old son in a car accident.  Dominick woke up a few days ago, and shared his dream: ... .. read more..

Easter Celebrations 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019

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¡Feliz Día de las Madres!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dear Friends, ¡Feliz dia de la Mama! Happy Mother’s Day! Here in Mexico Mother’s Day is a very important celebration, which is religiously and culturally linked to the Virgin Mary. On Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on May 10th in Mexico, I drove through numerous small towns on my way to the Si... .. read more..

Imposing (photo of the week)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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When parenting is agonizing
Monday, May 20, 2019

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A Seattle 4 Lempira Anniversary Update
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Second in a series of post about the Sister Church Sponsorship programs. The first post was: A Vision for Guacutao. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * It has been a while since we’ve given an update about the Seattle 4 Lempira sponsorship program, which kicked off last spring. Since th... .. read more..

Smaller than a Fart ... Life with Paige
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paige left me with her kids at an insane kids museum- she went and bought and ate a rice-crispie bar so she would not have to share with me or her little minions. But she sent me a photo. Mothers of young children need rice-crispie bars alone sometimes. The last time Paige visited us in... .. read more..

Social Health Insurance
Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday during the sermon, the guest speaker reminded everyone that we can do nothing at all without God's help.  We are totally dependent on him.  Thinking of that reminder, today we say, "The Lord helped us to apply for, receive and pay for Romanian social health insurance.  Prais... .. read more..

Spring visits and mushrooms
Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Language Test Friday
Monday, May 13, 2019

A page from our Romanian language textbook. This Friday is our Romanian language test, so we are studying hard this week.  It will be the end of the second module of language classes we are taking in Cluj, about an hour's drive from our home.  Holding a conversation is still beyond us, ... .. read more..

Trilingual Weekend
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We enjoyed our time with Bill and Ryan this weekend, visiting from South Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free Church. It was a bit of a trilingual weekend, with a bit of Cantonese being thrown around along with the Spanish and English! In fact, Ryan gave the benediction at the Sunday morning service ... .. read more..

For the Days When You Want It Easier.....
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

These days. I feel like they whip past me at astonishing speed, like the winter winds where I grew up. I try to gather my thoughts, my struggles, the lessons I'm learning, what the Lord is working in me into something neat and tidy, easy to smooth into words on a page, but I just can't seem to do... .. read more..

Ghana must go
Thursday, May 9, 2019

This in unusual post for this blog. It’s something fun to celebrate the end of a successful three weeks in Ghana. As I was preparing to leave, someone suggested that I needed a “Ghana must go”. A “Ghana must go” is a large plaid bag of tough woven fibers which is use... .. read more..

Tram C out of action again
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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The Paradox of Celebration: Jack, Duke, and a pause to be grateful
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Duke 2019 Graduation was an Ebenezer of a weekend for us: hither by thy grace we've come.  This strong, faithful, intelligent human being began his life in the most vulnerable of ways, at a time of war and flight. His childhood held challenges from significant illness and injury, grief and l... .. read more..

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