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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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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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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The Faithful Foreigner

The past year and a half has been a life of transience for us. During this time we’ve traveled over 40,000 miles! We’ve stayed for over a week in 11 different places including 5 different countries, traveled in 15 planes, 4 boats, hiked probably a hundred kilometers, and have…

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Miracles

In the village of Antenina where Adam and I went with a team of 6 other people to do ministry and community development, there is an old man who never comes out of his hut or speaks to anyone, not even his family. His name is Fongy. He refuses to bathe, he won’t cut his hair or his nails and he never…

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Knowing His Voice

I don’t have a captivating story to tell, but I do feel that I need to share something that God has been revealing to me more and more. We as Christians have entered into new life with Christ. His spirit lives within us as we usher in His kingdom and play a role in the restoration and healing of all creation. But what does that look like…

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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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