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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Weve had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimus 8th birthday!  Tomorrow well be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there.  Excited about it!

We've had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimu's 8th birthday! Tomorrow we'll be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there. Excited about it! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great time in Dumphries last week (our former village in South Africa during our time in the Peace Corps)! We were showered with generosity and hospitality. It was so awesome to see how everyone's doing and how so many of the kids we worked with are growing up. We enjoyed visiting the schools we worked at and we also enjoyed catching up with our host family. God has blessed us with a great time and great relationships in this part of South Africa! Here are a few of our favorite photos (and our favorite people) from Dumphries.

Tomorrow we board the plane to return to the US to continue our sabbatical for a time there!
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4 weeks ago

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11 years ago, Lora and I left the US and moved to South Africa as Volunteers with the US Peace Corps, where we lived and worked in a rural village for about 2 1/2 years. We then went back to the US when Matimu was born, just before moving to Madagascar as missionaries with YWAM, where we've lived ever since. This week we'll be visiting our village here in South Africa again! The last time we've seen any of them was over three years ago, so we're excited for this chance to make another visit! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomorrow we leave YWAM Worcester. The time has gone by so fast! It's been really good for us to spend the last few months here. We've made great new friends, have had some great times of prayer and fellowship, and have had some good training regarding "missionary member care". We're sad to leave but we're also looking forward to what's ahead! We'll spend the next few days road-tripping across South Africa, then visiting the village where we used to live as Peace Corps Volunteers, and then finally heading to the US for an extended visit (continuing our time of "sabbatical"). So we have plenty of good times ahead. God is always good to us! ... See MoreSee Less

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We enjoyed taking the Missionary Care Foundations Course for the last few weeks here at YWAM Worcester. We think that what we learned and discussed will be really helpful for us with future teams in Madagascar!

We enjoyed taking the "Missionary Care Foundations Course" for the last few weeks here at YWAM Worcester. We think that what we learned and discussed will be really helpful for us with future teams in Madagascar! ... See MoreSee Less

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