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Six years ago, I first took this photo of "Port St Louis" (essentially the "gateway" to Nosy Mitsio). It's still one of the most beautiful photos I've ever taken! Even from the start, we really put a LOT of effort into getting started and initiating ministry on Nosy Mitsio. Of course, that makes it even more sad how things turned out at the end of our time there. But God is good and we know he has good things in store for the future! He's not done with us or with the Antakarana people of northern Madagascar and we look forward to continuing to work alongside God in reaching them. Faithfully following Jesus is full of both beauty and sorrow, painful struggles and hopeful anticipation - just like Jesus's own life. We're pressing on! ... See MoreSee Less

We've had a great first month at YWAM Ozarks! We've enjoyed the relaxing environment, participating in the community activities, and the good times of fellowship. We've also had many opportunities to spend time with family, which has been great for all of us. This week we're in Tulsa! We'll be visiting our home church Sanctuary Tulsa tomorrow, spending time with family and friends, and celebrating my birthday and Independence Day. God has been very good to us during this time!

Please pray for us as we consider dates for returning to Madagascar. Pray also that all the arrangements and things necessary for our continuing visas would be taken care of as God wills and in his timing.
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Weve had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimus 8th birthday!  Tomorrow well be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there.  Excited about it!

We've had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimu's 8th birthday! Tomorrow we'll be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there. Excited about it! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great time in Dumphries last week (our former village in South Africa during our time in the Peace Corps)! We were showered with generosity and hospitality. It was so awesome to see how everyone's doing and how so many of the kids we worked with are growing up. We enjoyed visiting the schools we worked at and we also enjoyed catching up with our host family. God has blessed us with a great time and great relationships in this part of South Africa! Here are a few of our favorite photos (and our favorite people) from Dumphries.

Tomorrow we board the plane to return to the US to continue our sabbatical for a time there!
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