A Light In the Darkness

Our headlady told us about the time the spirits which possess her forced her to run halfway across the island on swollen knees, running so fast that no one could catch her, then made her crawl around on all fours and start acting like a cow.

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Our Double Lives

Where we are now is about as close as we can come to being on the exact opposite side of the world from where we were just a month ago. Sometimes that’s what it can feel like, going from one side of the planet to the other – like we’re standing upside down…

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Treasure

How could I take a 9-month-old, and a 2 ½-year-old and a 4-year-old to a place where they could get sick or hurt and be days away from medical care? A place with no schools, where my wife and I would have to struggle to educate them, where they would be exposed to demonic activity and where child trafficking happens? I was ashamed of myself that I was not strong enough to pay that price.

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Shipwrecked!

At 5 am on Monday morning, a neighbor was shouting urgently outside our window, “Adam! Adam! The boat!” I rolled out of bed in the early morning light and…

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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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New Beginnings

First impressions are crucial. People often remember how they first met someone, what they seemed like, how they acted. Opinions of other people, their character, and their motivations are often formed in the first few minutes of being around them…

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Fading Treasures

Over and over again the waves crashed into the boat rocking it back and forth drenching absolutely everything inside: all of our team’s foam mattresses we had just bought, our supply of food, more construction materials, everything!

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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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Giant Antakarana marionette dolls and costumed school-kids parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Were in Ambilobe this week and theyre having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascars independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didnt get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom!Image attachmentImage attachment

We're in Ambilobe this week and they're having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascar's independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didn't get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom! ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Giant Antakarana marionette dolls parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Our family had a fun time today working the rice harvest with our village. Even David found some work to do! And Matimu decided he didn't want to come back for lunch but wanted to stay up in the fields with his friends all day long! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

So today we finally made the 13-mile hike to and from the "President Fokon'tany" (local government guy); left at 4am and got back just in time for lunch! Which was good, because man was I worn out! I'm sure it was also good my headman, Papan'moana, walked the hike with me. Even he lost the path while it was still dark and we spent a lot of time zig-zagging in the bushes and thorns! Who knows where I would have ended up if it was just me.

After the challenge of walking over large ocean rocks for the last few kilometers to get there (which really slowed me down, but not Papan'moana), I told Papan'moana we should hike over the hills on the way back. It was good and bad. At one point I got stuck in a mud pit with the mud above my knees and I had to pull and squelch my way out of it. That was the worst mud I've ever been stuck in! It took over 15 min just to figure out how to get out of the mud and get moving forward again! But the rest of the overland path was better than the ocean rocks, and we made decent time. And we got the paperwork we needed (though I had to hand-copy several of the forms, because they had run out), so the trip was a success! I think I might've preferred to wait around at the DMV instead though, haha! -Adam
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