Terrors and Traveling

I jerked awake with a start. “What was that?” I mumbled, still befuddled by sleep. “Phone,” Paul said as he fumbled to find and answer it. There is something about a phone call late at night or early in the…

Running the Race Before Us

“Time – 845 hours, 46 minutes, and 16 seconds per mile,” the impersonal voice announced. I stopped running and looked at my phone. I know my running pace is slow, but surely not THAT slow. Found the problem. Evidently I…

Drama, Trauma, and Blessings

“Where are you going with that?” I asked suspiciously. My things have a way of disappearing, not to be found until days later in some unlikely place like in the tool box or in the boys’ clothes closet. Knives and…

True Treasures

  I ran up the steps, panting and struggling to hang onto the armful of red heart-shaped balloons. “Hurry up,” I called back to the teens straggling behind me. “She’s already here and we aren’t set up yet.” “I knew…

Troubles -- But Under His Control

Seizure. Spastic jerks wrenched Andy’s body as he lay on the dining room floor. Foam flecked his mouth and his eyes gruesomely rolled back in his head. We have seen gran mal seizures before. This was obviously one of them….

Learning and Teaching

The kids and the store clerk burst out laughing. What? All I did was ask where I could find the sugar. “No, Grandma,” Moses said through his chuckles. “It’s not naamtaan. It’s naamtaan.” Sigh. Thai is a tough language. It…

Paul's July Prayer Letter

“Moses, my servant is dead…” Bro. Jack Duplechain, another of the Lord’s servants is dead, but he lives now more than ever, and will forever (John 11:25-27). It’s one of the most difficult things about foreign mission work. When friends…

Baptisms and Birthdays

My feet slid in the slippery mud and I waved my arms madly to keep my balance. If I fell I would be muddy and bruised, but it wouldn’t matter. If that poor 80-year-old lady who was bent nearly double,…

Paul's Prayer Letter

“It could be a brain tumor,” Dr. Pornsriniyom said. Oh, the value of our time! It is far more precious than any substance on earth. May David’s prayer be ours, “Lord, make me know the measure of my days, what…

Another Pair of Hands -- and Another Heart for Thailand

I thundered down the stairs and rushed into the kitchen. I had lost track of time – again – and forgot to start the rice. A lot of hungry people would be impatiently waiting for dinner. They can’t eat without…

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