Celebrating Success!

Celebrating Success!

The hot March afternoon sun beat down on the canopy, and we sweltered in the smoky air. The big fans set along the perimeter of the seating area helped. The air was record-breaking dirty, with smoke from the slash and…

Updates and Moving Dates

Updates and Moving Dates

Some days make all the trials fade to nothing.  Some days are worth it all. Like Sundays when we have baptism. We had that joy recently. Moses came to us later and older than most of the others. He was…

Gearing Up for Challenges Ahead

Gearing Up for Challenges Ahead

I shoved the last book into the bookcase with a sigh of satisfaction. Empty boxes and packing paper still littered the tiny living room, and my muscles ached with the unaccustomed workout, but the latest load of stuff was delivered…

Paul's Nov/Dec Prayer Letter and Extra Pics

Paul’s Nov/Dec Prayer Letter and Extra Pics

Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I was able to sit down and write a prayer letter. My computer crashed, which was a catastrophe in many ways. I had to leave all my books behind when I came…

Friends from Near and Far Away

Friends from Near and Far Away

The boy’s brown eyes lit up and a smile broke across his grubby face. The stuffed toys we brought were unceremoniously dumped on the tile floor of the church building for the kids to see and choose.  He stood still…

Glad Answers and Sad Goodbyes

Glad Answers and Sad Goodbyes

I plopped down on the chair and looked at the clock.  Only 7:30 in the evening.  I sighed.  I’m not quite old enough to go to bed at 7:30, but I’m evidently old enough to wish for bedtime that early!…

Surprises at Canaan

Surprises at Canaan

The truck shuddered and slipped sideways on the slick clay. With a bang it slammed into the side of the mountain. We all gasped and clung tighter to our handholds that kept us from bouncing around as we jolted over…

First Thanksgiving of the Year

First Thanksgiving of the Year

Running sores dotted the baby’s legs and he looked lethargic and ill. That’s not what concerned the mom, though. Moses translated, “He has an animal in his ear.” I knew something got lost in the translation, but looked in the…

Blessings Behind Us and Ahead

Blessings Behind Us and Ahead

I grabbed my stomach and groaned. “I have diarrhea and vomiting,” I bellowed. “I have diarrhea and vomiting,” the crowd of men shouted back with enthusiasm. “He has diarrhea and vomiting.” I pointed to the patient. “He has diarrhea and…

Dangerous Escapades, Discomforts, and Blessings

Dangerous Escapades, Discomforts, and Blessings

“Paul, please don’t do it,” I begged. “There’s no other way,” he insisted as he put the shaky ladder on top of the patio table. “Let Moses go do it, then.” “It’s too dangerous. He might fall and break his…