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Written On Our Hearts

It’s not everyday a note is worthy of being written on your hand. I realize some people do this all the time, but for me it has to be something really worth keeping. Pastor Renaldo’s recent visit to us here in Malawi was worthy. He brought encouragement, wisdom, rebuke, and faith. I imagine his words touched each person in a personal way as I know they did me. We needed his visit as a church, and I needed his visit as friend, I know that for sure. It was something special to see the Holy Spirit use this man to […]

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Merry Christmas

This Christmas we have so much to be thankful for. The halls of our little green apartment are festively decked, but mostly this season we have been awakening to the reality of Emmanuel, God with us. He has made Himself known in the littlest of things, and in the things that seem too big, even for Him. We have sensed Him with us in our messy life, caring about it, and pouring out His grace and faithfulness over and over again. Being a missionary isn’t anything glamorous or profound, but we are finding it to be a gift, sometimes wrapped […]

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Today is for…

Today is for… I’m stirring early on this day. But, today is not the day I thought today would be. Today is not for pancakes and sipping coffee from under blankets. It’s not for filling the ears with Christmas and the screen with floats and yardage. It’s not for enjoying us in a strange place where exotic birds call at dawn and sun beats down on dusty streets. It’s not for grateful sentiments on napkins and over mantels. There will be no fireplace, no cozy sweaters, no snow here today. No, today will not be the day I thought today […]

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Days and Words and Hearts

These days have been filled. My home has been filled with visitors. Chairs filled with faces. The air filled with words. I listen to the words that come from the faces in the chairs, and what I hear is hearts. I think we suppose that words come only from the mouth, but they really come from the heart. Each face is a heart, and each word is entry into it. Heart faces speak words. Seeking. Hopeful. Impoverished. Broken. They don’t say these words, but it’s what their words are speaking. I don’t know what to say to such big words, but I know all […]

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How to Deal with What We See

As we move about the city, whether walking or riding, we see so many things. On the way to the church there is a little pool on the side of the road. Water collects there, either by way of a broken water main or because it’s just a natural place for water to collect. It’s dirty water no matter how you look at it. Every time we pass that place we see soapy kids, still half-clothed, splashing around and bathing. We see women washing clothes, cars parked to be cleaned, plastic water bottles being rinsed out to be used again, […]

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PHOTOS: Walking Lilongwe

These are just a few images from the area that Lisa and I live. Keep in mind we live in a nice part of town. Click on any of the images to see the full size version. This is Sir Glyn Jones Ave. in Lilongwe.  There you see two mini-busses passing each other. It’s a miracle that they are not constantly smashing into each other. This road is usually much more busy.  This is same street Looking up the street. People are always walking along this road, some riding, and others taking a break. This is the same street again.  A […]

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Why I Missed Malawi

I had the chance to greet some people from the church and the Bible college today, and the one question I was asked over and over was, “how was your holiday?” Little do they know that home, the USA, is no holiday, but this, Malawi, is the holiday — if you like your holidays served with a side of running stomach. One thing I’ve noticed is that people here assume we are escaping from this place when we go home, but that’s not the case at all. Both places have difficulties. The challenge in any place is what you do […]

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The Summer

We got to spend four months in the States this summer. Lisa and I both worked, which was a small miracle. Lisa was at University of Maryland, and the church needed IT help and I was in the right place at the right time to grab the job. It was great fun to work with Paul and Sebastien again; God used the time to richly bless me, and I’m grateful for that. A larger miracle was that we survived another year in the chicken booth with Paul Nye at the Baltimore Church convention. Imagine being in a food truck for […]