Thoughts on Joy and Suffering

I know that my aches and pains are really not that big of a deal. But we all deal with pain in some form or another, from the seemingly small to the catastrophic, and it occurs in every possible situation in which we find ourselves.

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Becoming His Body

During our team’s first month on Nosy Mitsio, almost every single one of them, including their children, became sick. There were always several sick at once and just as one started to get better, another one or two would fall ill…

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It’s Here!

They just kept holding onto some hope or sign in the sky that this would be the day for the west wind to come. Every day, we talked about the same things: the rice is nearly finished, the dried fish have been bagged up too long, and when is the west wind coming? Some said the relentless northeast wind is a curse…

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Anticipation

You could hear them even before they got close: a handful of ladies making their way down the beach singing energetically. I ran to meet up with them as we continued on to the next village where more joined us. As we began the hour and a half trek to…

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The Mess of Life

It’s quiet here, nothing but the sound of light waves hitting the shore. Everybody’s gone to a spirit possession ceremony and party. Apparently the spirit of someone’s grandfather is sitting inside of her and has made her sick for two years. The spirit needs to be called out so it…

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Taking a taxi-brousse trip (public transport) without anything strange happening seems to be becoming increasingly rare. Just after leaving Tana for Ambilobe (a ~20 hour trip) the window just behind mine shattered and glass went everywhere! Apparently some anonymous person on the side of the road hurled a rock at our vehicle. Thankfully it hit where the glass window overlapped with another windowpane made out of plastic and the rock didn't get inside the vehicle nor did the glass hurt anyone. Still crazy though! And we need to find a big piece of plastic to tape over the empty window so everyone inside doesn't get too cold during the overnight ride (wintertime here). ... See MoreSee Less

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Well, we finally made it in just over 25 hours - quite a bit longer than average. At least the rest of the trip was mostly uneventful - just slow (a lot of stops and one flat tire). There was one (temporary) bridge that a truck in front of us sort-of fell through, but only a portion of the bridge was metal-paneled and I guess the truck's tires on one side just drifted off the edge (or maybe a couple metal panels buckled underneath it? ... I couldn't tell for sure). Anyway, that sort of thing isn't *that* uncommon, and we passengers just had to get out of our van and walk across the still-functional part of the bridge while our van found an alternative route through the bushes and picked us up on the other side. Really happy to be sleeping in a bed tonight! Happy to be back in our new home here in Ambilobe! Though as soon as we entered the door, I was reminded that we really hadn't settled in at all yet, all our stuff was just laying around on the floor from when we first moved in! But at least our schedule *shouldn't* be very full for the next few weeks, so we can finally take time to settle and get to know our new neighbors better.

Had a really great time this week with our YWAM Madagascar co-workers! It was so great to share our struggles and triumphs with each other, to pray with and encourage one another, and to spur one another on towards further growth and service in Gods Kingdom! Couldnt ask for a better group of colleagues to be serving together with here in Madagascar!Image attachmentImage attachment

Had a really great time this week with our YWAM Madagascar co-workers! It was so great to share our struggles and triumphs with each other, to pray with and encourage one another, and to spur one another on towards further growth and service in God's Kingdom! Couldn't ask for a better group of colleagues to be serving together with here in Madagascar! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

After two trips to/from the island of Nosy Mitsio and three to/from the Port (I forgot a couple of things there on the second trip), all in the last 6 days, we've finally finished moving all of our things into our new house in Ambilobe! For a celebratory dinner tonight we cooked steak and fried potatoes, thanks to having a local market here with plenty of fresh food! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We made it to Ambilobe! For us, this is a very nice house; though there weren't many to choose from in Ambilobe, we think this was a great choice. It has four spacious rooms (great for receiving guests), electricity (when the rest of the town has it), and a well in the yard (no running water yet). And it shares a yard with several neighbors who've all been exceptionally friendly so far. We got all of our things (from the first boatload) moved into the house and we've been very well-received so far by quite a few nearby neighbors. We think it's a great start to our time living in the Ambilobe area! ... See MoreSee Less

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