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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I finally arrived in Madagascar! It was a very long and tiring trip, but overall smooth and now I'm here. (Plus I saw Mt Kilimanjaro above the clouds as we left from Kenya to Madagascar, so that was really awesome!) If you've ever wondered what the landscape around the capital city (Tana) looks like, here's a cool short video I took as our plane was landing. I enjoy this scenery the most out of pretty much any major airport I've ever used in the world... probably because it just seems more unique. Though there's obviously a lot of houses in the whole area around Tana and thus quite a lot of population density, it still seems somehow rural - with all the houses clustered on hills and the valleys full of fields. Anyway, if you're interested, enjoy watching this short video!

By the way, I went over my visa papers with the other guy we're working with and we have most things together already! Tomorrow we'll go around getting a bunch of stamps and any extra copies we'll need, and then Monday go to the government office. Please pray we get favor, as we may be able to get as long as a 5-year visa, though it seems like even 3 years is practically guaranteed at this point! (Either way, that would be super rare for anyone and definitely a first for us.)

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Im halfway through a 9-hour layover in the airport in Doha, Qatar.  If Im going to be stuck sitting around an airport, at least its a really nice one!  When I first came into the transfer area they had a big sign up saying theyd recently been rated 4th best airport in the world.  Theyve got a really nice indoor tram that runs upstairs along the main concourse.  And theyve got tons of huge statues that double as playgrounds for kids.  Theyve even got nice cushioned seat areas with tvs, desks set up with computers for people to use the internet, and tons more.  Like I said, if I have to be stuck at any airport in the middle of the night, at least its this one!  My next flight leaves at 2am (local time), 6 hours to Kenya.  Then just a few hours layover there before a few hours more flight to Madagascar.Image attachment

I'm halfway through a 9-hour layover in the airport in Doha, Qatar. If I'm going to be stuck sitting around an airport, at least it's a really nice one! When I first came into the transfer area they had a big sign up saying they'd recently been rated 4th best airport in the world. They've got a really nice indoor tram that runs upstairs along the main concourse. And they've got tons of huge statues that double as playgrounds for kids. They've even got nice cushioned seat areas with tvs, desks set up with computers for people to use the internet, and tons more. Like I said, if I have to be stuck at any airport in the middle of the night, at least it's this one! My next flight leaves at 2am (local time), 6 hours to Kenya. Then just a few hours layover there before a few hours' more flight to Madagascar. ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting ready to leave on the first leg of my flight (to Doha, Qatar) on my way to Madagascar!  Happy I got a window seat!

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A quick update: I found out a few days ago that I need to make a sudden trip to Madagascar to arrange some of our visa paperwork. So, I'll be heading there (just me, Adam) next Tues, Aug 20. The great thing is that there's a good chance we'll get approved for visas much longer than we've had in the past. That will be a huge help for us going forward! I'll only be in Madagascar for about 10 days, so please be praying that my travels will be safe and smooth, that we will have all of our paperwork in order, that all of the government officials will be present and will give us favor, and that Lora and our boys will do well while I'm gone.

We've been in a bit of limbo regarding our visa renewals for some time now, so this opportunity (though sudden) is really a clear answer to our prayers! If all goes well, our whole family should be able to return to Madagascar for continuing ministry in October. Please be praying!
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