When Things Fall Apart

Sometimes, even in ministry, everything just falls apart.  The foundation has crumbled, the walls have collapsed, the seed has rotted, and the sprouts are choked by weeds and burnt by the sun.  Sometimes by the end, there’s nothing to show for our years of efforts.

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The Sacrifice

The chanting began as everyone gathered behind the stones. I was summoned, and one older lady came over to help me tie my traditional cloth properly around my body. Then I was told to take off my shoes. She walked with me over the burning hot sand to where everyone was already seated…

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Death and Life

Several scattered skulls, the stench of rotting flesh, and a handful of abandoned shacks were the only things remaining from the week’s festivities that ended just that morning. The quietness of our village was a huge difference from the hundreds of people partying and worshiping their ancestors here during the preceding days.

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The Fake

I stood on the beach, arms crossed, staring out at the clear blue water of the ocean as tears slowly trickled down my face. Then almost as soon as they began they were finished. My eyes hardened as well as my heart. I was angry with God.

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Pressing On

It was three days before the day we’ve long waited for: the day we’d leave town, take a long ride in a van, go about one hour upriver by canoe, then three hours over hills and through rice fields by foot, and finally arrive in the village of Ambodihazina, where we’d begin a new work – making relationships, learning village life in Madagascar…

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This is one of my all-time favorite photos Ive ever taken in Madagascar, near the village where we worked on the east coast, about a year after we first moved to Madagascar. Looking forward to being back in Madagascar in just a few weeks!

This is one of my all-time favorite photos I've ever taken in Madagascar, near the village where we worked on the east coast, about a year after we first moved to Madagascar. Looking forward to being back in Madagascar in just a few weeks!Leaving the village of Antenina at 6:30am yesterday. This is the river where we'd go to collect our water and bathe every day and wash our clothes. A beautiful place! (The village is off to the right.) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today was our last day at YWAM Ozarks.  Weve had some great goodbyes (starting last week!) but its sad to leave here.  This was a great place and a perfect community for us during our time of sabbatical.  They welcomed us so openly and we were able to join in as staff with all the activities and regular schedule here, but we also had time and space for good rest and just to be ourselves.  Through it all, God really did what he was speaking to us in prayer before we even considered taking a sabbatical, that we would be restrengthened in the body of Christ.  His plans are always better than our plans. Thank you to everyone at YWAM Ozarks (including those who moved on before us) for helping make that happen!  Well miss you!  (But youre welcome to come visit in Madagascar!)

Now we visit our families for the next couple weeks before heading back to Madagascar

Today was our last day at YWAM Ozarks. We've had some great goodbyes (starting last week!) but it's sad to leave here. This was a great place and a perfect community for us during our time of sabbatical. They welcomed us so openly and we were able to join in as staff with all the activities and regular schedule here, but we also had time and space for good rest and just to be ourselves. Through it all, God really did what he was speaking to us in prayer before we even considered taking a sabbatical, that we would be "restrengthened in the body of Christ". His plans are always better than our plans. Thank you to everyone at YWAM Ozarks (including those who moved on before us) for helping make that happen! We'll miss you! (But you're welcome to come visit in Madagascar!)

Now we visit our families for the next couple weeks before heading back to Madagascar
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We're enjoying a short trip to St Louis this weekend, visiting some of Lora's family and some friends. We're also looking forward to being with DeSoto Community Church of God tomorrow morning! We'll be sharing a bit during the morning service and enjoying a nice lunch with the church afterwards, so if you're in the area, you should come out! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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We've booked our tickets for our family to go back to Madagascar! We still have a bit over a month here before heading out, but we're excited to get back soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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