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Songs for the Soul

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:00
Guitars and music are an important part of life in PNG (this is not Digisarimo)Digisarimo gently strummed his green guitar, cradling it as if it were a child. “When I sing my songs,” he shared, “I...

Faith of Our Fathers

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 05:12
My children don't believe as I do. For a believing parent this can produce deep feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, self-recrimination, and many other kinds of soul sickness. For some this soul...

Great to see the Skeltons.

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 04:19
Pastor Jonathan Skelton from Kingstanding Elim in Birmingham paid us a visit this week. 

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Seventy Three

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 02:14
The discussion of God’s hardening of Pharaoh and then of Israel is of course a difficult one. Fortunately for us, we don’t need to deal with the Pharaoh example, but we do need to deal with what Paul says about God hardening Israel due to their unbelief. On p. 1225 Tom helpfully points us to [Read More...]

Visa Mayhem Part V: A Prayer Request

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:58
We are still waiting for our police checks to come. This Tuesday will be 2 weeks. We were told they should take 2-3 weeks. They should be coming soon. We’ll be checking on them Monday....

Visa Mayhem Part V: A Prayer Request

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:58
We are still waiting for our police checks to come. This Tuesday will be 2 weeks. We were told they should take 2-3 weeks. They should be coming soon. We’ll be checking on them Monday....

50 Boxes….or…back to 45….

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:50
My facebook status the other day was the excited announcement that we’d packed 50 boxes! Woo hoo! 50 boxes packed AND cataloged for the manifesto (content list) that needs to accompany each box. No...

50 Boxes….or…back to 45….

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:50
My facebook status the other day was the excited announcement that we’d packed 50 boxes! Woo hoo! 50 boxes packed AND cataloged for the manifesto (content list) that needs to accompany each box. No...

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Seventy Two

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:25
On p. 1215, Tom has an interesting way of contrasting the rhetorical thrust of Galatians as opposed to Romans. He puts it this way: “The difference between the two epistles is this. In Galatians, Paul is warning Gentile believers that they must not try to become physically, ethnically, Jews. To do so would undermine that [Read More...]

Crossing

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:56
Seems appropriate...We're leaving in just a few days to go back to Russia! Suitcases are already bursting at the seams with plentiful contents. Last week we had some fun sibling interaction time,...

On Looking Back and Moving Forward

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:16
This weekend is the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. It feels strange to be on this side of the world and watching from afar as this place I so love fights to keep that freedom. In...

Home Assignment - Summer 2014

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:26
MAYSo, when we look back at our blog and Facebook pictures and updates...it can sometime seem like being on Home Assignment in the States is like one big long vacation with cool road trips thrown in....

Encouragement...

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:18
Please don't take this in anyway except to mention the importance of encouragement. Because I was feeling discouraged lately. It has been an up and down ride as we continue the slow process of...

Visa Fun!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:13
Not the credit card, though those can be fun too. The "you can stay in the country" kind. It was just over a year ago that we were approved for our first temporary resident visa. It had its own era...

Care package from Japan

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:52
After an attempt earlier this month to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls) for my family, I asked for help from my best Japanese friend.  Part of the label on our care package. The...

A Devotional…

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:16
Here is today’s devotional (August 23rd) from the book “The One Year Experiencing God’s Presence Devotional” by Chris Tiegreen. I have been reading this book this year for my...

Dakar at dusk, the motherload of activity

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:56
The other day we headed downtown at dusk. We don’t often go downtown at dusk, so because of that, we were completely amazed at the hustle bustle of activity, as if we were taking it all in for...

Precious

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:31
We all occasionally have a day that causes us before it is finished to think perhaps we should have stayed in bed so as to avoid all the day’s mishaps. Yesterday was my turn.  I didn’t expect...
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