Emptiness and Well-being
Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Z Is For Zebra
Friday, April 30, 2021

Z is for Zebra I could have painted some black stripes on my car to make it look like a Zebra, but actually, this post is not about Zebras at all. Truth be told I couldn't think of anything better and it seemed like a good way to say a bit about my upcoming adventure with my oldest son... Joel tu... .. read more..

Journey out of confinement
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Thankful for my job
Thursday, May 6, 2021

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How Was Your Trip?
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

We continue to be safe and well amidst the global pandemic. We are so grateful to God for his wisdom and protection of our Team in Isolation, our QuaranTEAM which has protected us, and others involved in 2 open school districts, and one major grocery store. Now that our family has been vaccinated... .. read more..

V Is For Vinyl
Monday, April 26, 2021

V is for Vinyl I love vinyl! I think my main reason for loving it so much is the fact that playing a record is an occasion in itself. In our digital world it's too easy to pop some music on as background noise and then skip through songs without really giving it a second thought. With vinyl one c... .. read more..

Spring is Here!
Saturday, April 24, 2021

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this space, so I wanted to take time to do so. I’ll simply list some of what has been going on, with a brief description. Mayra and I both had Covid. I guess we’re sort of late adapters, but we finally caught the dreaded disease, al... .. read more..

Thursday, May 6, 2021

  Worship 礼拝・崇拝 What do you worship? I hope you would say God in Christ Jesus. There is no one else and nothing else worthy of all of our praise. As the One who made everything we see, the God of the Bible has proven Himself through all that He has made. Romans 1 (in the Bible) says that we ... .. read more..

Anniversary Memories
Thursday, April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021 – On April 20 we celebrated our 15th year here in the Balkans. We arrived to begin a new work for God and began serving and helping where we could. Within the last 24 months we have... .. read more..

Focus on Mobilizing US Churches
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

On his road trip, John was able to visit 4 partnering churches in northeastern Ohio. The visits came at many different levels and groups of people. All came with challenges and concerns for Covid. Lead Pastor Mark Butler and Assoc. Pastor Brian Morris from Anchor Church, Avon Lake, Ohio. Church p... .. read more..

Treasuring and Pondering, Life Breaking Through
Friday, April 23, 2021

 Today we sent out a prayer letter, so if you're on that list thanks for reading and praying. (If you're not, you can message your email address in a comment which I'll add to the mailchimp and delete here as soon as I see it.) Short story is: we are in West Virginia after a week with my fam... .. read more..

Thursday, May 6, 2021

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R Is For Resources
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

R is for Resources Or rather the lack of them.  Jesus told his disciples in Luke 10:2 that: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few". In our experience it's not just the workers but resources in general that are scarce and this is particularly the case for The Gathering . There is... .. read more..

Anahi and Dominick are back in school - not just virtual
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Last year was hard. South of the Ecuador, school year runs from February to November. Covid restrictions began in March; basically the whole school year was done from home. This year, back in school, our kids attend have adopted a hybrid mode. Some days they are in school and the rest of the days... .. read more..

Last 90 Days Most Popular Posts (30 April 2021)
Saturday, May 1, 2021

It’s been quite the busy few weeks, that’s for sure! If you would like to catch up on some highlights, here are the five most popular posts here at Finding direction, in chronological order. The most popular in bold: A Little Windy (video) – Yes, it does tend to get windier as t... .. read more..

Book Review: “Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents” by Rod Dreher
Friday, April 23, 2021

Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents , (Sentinel: New York, 2020), 256 pages. reviewed by Karl Dahlfred Rod Dreher’s latest book has a compelling origin: people who lived under communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe told Dreher that some trends in the ... .. read more..

Providential Themes…
Monday, May 3, 2021

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a Sunday service, you may have noticed that, once in a while, a theme emerges in the service that you weren’t really planning on. Or, maybe the songs fit with the sermon in a very unexpected way. Or, sometimes in the Bible studies and conversat... .. read more..

Happy Agricultural Day.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

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W Is For Washing Machine
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

W is for Washing Machine Why do washing machines do this? I guess I should be happy because at least there's one sock that's not gone missing, but seriously, with all the tech that is packed in to the humble washing machine these days, why does this nonsense still happen? A B C D E F G H I J K L ... .. read more..

May Prayer
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

PRAISE John’s course with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is nearly over. Continue to pray for the final assignments to be completed this month.   PRAY We both have several online meetings with people interested in missions, Japan, and some preparing to serve in Japan and Asia. ... .. read more..

Sounds of a Mexican Forest (video)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Last week we took a long journey, although we ended up in the same state we started in (our home state), and took a few days off. Not much to say about that at the moment, except that it was a nice change. However, I did want to share this video with you. While we […] .. read more..

U Is For Upside Down
Saturday, April 24, 2021

U if for Upside Down Before I started this year's A to Z Challenge , I did say my theme would be random, so just in case things haven't been random enough so far... Several nights ago I woke up just after 5am needing to wee, but for a moment or two as I lay on the bed I was a little disoriented b... .. read more..

Having a Field Day
Thursday, April 29, 2021

What happens when Sowers4Pastors and the Manna 4 Lempira youth program (One Light) join forces to hold their first-ever combined special event on a Saturday? Well, for starters, Russell loses his voice and a following Wednesday morning phone call sounds like you’re talking to Louis Armstrong. The... .. read more..

My journey with Covid 19 and grief
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Picking up the Covid 19 bug does not seem like an unusual experience these days. I tested Covid positive last month. Exactly about one year after the first cases in China appeared and then gradually cascaded around the world.  When I tested positive, I did not know what to expect. Stories of... .. read more..

Our May Prayer Letter
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Thank you for your continuing prayers! Here’s a quick update for May: 1. Last week we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We took the day off and spent some time outside, as you can see in the photo above. 2. We’ve recently started attending Komatsu Immanuel Church. P... .. read more..

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