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June Recap

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 01:10
School Supply Sunday The beginning of the month marked the start of another school year here in the Philippines. As we have done for the past several years, we gave away some school supplies to help...

Starting Term Number 3

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:33
On Monday, June 30, we flew back to Guatemala to begin our third missionary term with the IMB.  In our mission we serve in terms.  Each term is usually 3-4 years and then you return to the...

Building a Better Twenty-First Century Christian– Thoughts on Real Independence

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:30
As it becomes increasingly clear that even in America the culture is moving increasingly away from Christian ethical and theological standards of all sorts, instead of ringing our hands and ushering cries of dismay, it would be better to think about how we can best do the same thing as first century Christians did— namely [Read More...]

Reboot, keeping it real

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:46
Now that we are on The Shire, there has been a shift in how our financial dynamic works. We no longer have utility bills nor rent. This is a huge blessing! However, some things have happened...

Healthcare Among Friends - Part 2

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:41
Another tale of friendship and surgery, this one far more serious. You will notice that, as in the last post, there are a lot of "as it happens" in this story. Lots of happy coincidences. Some of...

Macassar Protests

Adventures with God - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:55
Recently I posted "Love Your Neighbour?" about some evictions in a local township and our attitudes surrounding the whole debacle.

Well for the folks in Macassar the issues just got very real and tensions will only rise in the coming months.

SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency Limited) had obtained a court order to remove squatters from some land in Lwandle but they had no plan in place as to what to do with those displaced by this action. Initially the displaced moved into a community hall and then in a very short sighted move by SANRAL the people were moved to a site in Blackheath which they also owned. This lead to an immediate and angry response from locals there who have also been waiting a long time for housing, so the people were moved back to the community hall where they remain.

In another spectacularly short-sighted moment it was announced that these displaced people would be moved to land in Macassar later in the year, where they would be provided with accommodation. Needless to say those living in informal dwellings, also known as "back-yard dwellers", were very angry and took to the streets to protest about this. These protests then took on a life of their own as others used them as a vehicle to protest about the lack of service delivery in Macassar.

The cynic in me wonders why the initial evictions didn't take place until after the recent elections but that's just me being cynical.

So thanks to some truly naive local politics the usually peaceful community of Macassar was rocked by several days of violent protests in which water cannons were used and rubber bullets were fired.

It is true that there is plenty of land available for accommodation in Macassar but it's also very true that to ignore the very pressing issue of local need is to set the touch paper alight. Sadly the local authorities seem to enjoy setting off the fireworks and then standing back to watch their handi-work.

I don't believe this is a case of Nimby'ism but rather a simple case of folks in Macassar feeling aggrieved because their needs are being overlooked whilst a problem not of their making is being dumped on their doorstep. If the local needs were being met then the evictees from Lwandle would be welcomed in the community but as ever, politicians have their eyes fixed on short term goals rather than the bigger long term picture.

Pleas pray for Macassar in the coming months as the community will be back out on the streets as the planned relocation gets closer. Pray too for Tree of Life Church that we might be the salt and light in the community that is so desperately needed.

The police planning their response, the water cannon is on standby

The locals gathering to express their frustrations

Read some local media coverage of the incidents...
Deep-rooted anger behind Macassar protests
Police monitor Macassar
Macassar protesters torch council building
CT protests are incidents of thuggery
And here's what started it all... Sanral evicts squatters in Strand

Reboot, keeping it real

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:46
Now that we are on The Shire, there has been a shift in how our financial dynamic works. We no longer have utility bills nor rent. This is a huge blessing! However, some things have happened...

But...does it work?

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:01
This is the most frequently asked question by donors and potential donors after they listen to how the programs Invest Hope offers works. Does it work? Do they really repay their loans? Do they...

The Pilgrimage: Israel Part Thirteen

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:11
There are many sites in Israel where the tour guides will take you, and sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t say ‘this is the site where, according to tradition….X took place’. You should be wary of such claims. Sometimes, as at a site like Caesarea Philippi, you know you’re in the right spot, and [Read More...]

Can you say "packing panic" out loud 10x fast?

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:12
So, yeah...I had lots of posts that didn't quite make it to being published over the last few weeks. And photos that I don't have time to upload. We just had our 3rd family birthday celebration in 2...

Storm at the Iowa Farm

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:11
 If it wasn't a tornado it was a very strong straight wind.The roof came off of the front half of the finishing unit. The rest of the pictures just show the extensive tree...


Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:52
Our life lately has been made up of big, important, momentous things. We've had lots of trips to the capital, and surgery, and family and friends come to visit. We've made trips, and seen God provide...

Wanting to Be Like Daddy

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:18

Sisaala Bible Dedication

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:00
The dedication of the Bible into the Sisaala language was quite an event. Hundreds attended. The Sisaala are only 10% Christian and only 1% Evangelical – both up from 0% not that long ago. Many...

Not At All What I Pictured

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:35
Out of the 4 students at the farm, Ro has the most education. H has the same amount Ro did at his age, but he is younger. Knowing that going in, I probably had the least amount of mercy and the...


Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:16
At the airport, waiting for my flight in the morning. Because of schedules, bus schedules, a preference not to travel here late at night, I'm at the airport really early. Better early than late! Kiev...

Basking in Him

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:26

Pausing to be grateful

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:40
It has been one crazy/good/full week. We had a jam-packed guesthouse, took care of a newly adopted Guinean girl {the sweetest little thing}, took a guest to the hospital, helped with translation,...

People Business

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:27
“Please pray for me. At this missionary training seminar I am attending, I was just asked to speak on leadership development. I am on in just a few hours. Pray as I prepare a new presentation.” I...


Missionary Blogs - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:25
1. We appreciate your prayers for the people we are spiritually mentoring. This month we begin mentoring and coaching another couple. 2. July 6th we are planning an outreach barbecue party with...
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