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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
December 30, 2009 12:36 pm
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IMG_7152Christmas Eve, we invited our Kenya mechanics to come and enjoy food, candle lighting, singing, and fellowship with us. They laughingly said Musay (respectful name for old man) Byla is our “daily customer.” We were all aliens to Sudan and shared together the wonders of the Christmas story.

December 30, 2009 12:26 pm
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Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus with our Africa Inland Church compound friends. The sheep was delicious with those unmentionable inner parts so finely diced up and blended with the delicious fat and skeletal meat that it demanded third helpings for Phil. Linda’s deliciously moist banana cake topped off the meal in a very non-Sudanese but appreciated way. (The Africans delight in sweet drinks (often 3-5 tsp of sugar in a small cup of tea) but seldom have and are not particularly fond of sweet foods, such as desserts.

December 30, 2009 12:20 pm
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IMG_7135Our gardener, Casmiro, and his family enjoyed an evening of Christmas celebration with us two days before Christmas. The play dough figures were a big hit! The new sun shades were a bigger hit for the boys. The shy little girl really brightened up with her colorful new dress.IMG_7106IMG_7128

December 23, 2009 8:22 pm
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Titus is healed

Titus is healed

Wow. This is a modern medical miracle. Titus with the chronic post-traumatic urinary blockage has been healed. He had surgery at a mission hospital in Tanzania and has now returned to Torit with a beaming smile on his face and a desire to “serve God for the rest of my life.” His medical costs were covered by generous contributions from our supporters. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.

December 22, 2009 10:49 am
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lopit 023Two days in the Lopit Mountains were filled with multiple people connections. The bumpy four hour car ride early Sunday morning to the Lohotok community was shared with the family of a visionary leader of the church. We participated in the service at the church, hiked up to the mountain village to visit “our” AIM missionaries, and shared with others who are ministering there on a short and long term basis. Praise God for the work that is going on there and the peacemaking that happened amongst those “ready to retaliate” for cattle raiding. Our return trip on Monday was “packed vehicle” but we rejoice that we only had one flat tire and one hassle at a police checkpoint!

December 18, 2009 8:46 am
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Toposa missionaries

Toposa missionaries

Paul and Mark, our sponsored Toposa (multi hundred-thousands unreached tribe) students are with us for a few days visiting between school terms in Kampala. Praise to Jesus, we have a unity about sponsoring them for their last year of secondary school in Kampala for 2010 and they are committing to returning to their rural tribal home village of Mogoss as indigenous missionaries for 2011 before going for additional Bible training.

December 16, 2009 5:41 am
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De-feathering chickeIMG_7114 (2)ns in our outdoor kitchen for the meal today for the workshop participants…

It brought back memories of days gone by for Linda, who used to help her family to “dress” chickens once a week for the local hospital!

Yesterday’s “mock electIMG_7108ion” during the workshop was fascinating. Even after the training, and help from the “international observers”, the percentage of proper votes was still less than ideal. Deciding by voting is certainly not an African way of doing things!

December 15, 2009 2:59 am
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Can you imagine?
All you have ever known in life has been war and tribal unrest…and now there is to be a free and fair democratic election. These words to us present a picture of organized choosing of a leader. But here–they hold no such memories.
What will it be like? What doeWorkshops it mean? How does it relate to me? What can I do as a church leader?

RECONCILE is a Christian group aimed now at educating the leaders of the community so that they can understand the process of an election, what it will be like, problems and how they might help to resolve them, and how to communicate with their communities.

This week about 40 leaders are meeting daily at our home (see veranda on picture) and learning — today they are actually forming two parties, doing a quick campaign, and an election–hands on learning! We do pray that the church can be salt and light, a very important part of peacemaking in this tumultuous time. Pray with us to this end!

December 14, 2009 9:48 pm
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Evangelist Willie wantetrip to lohodo 015d to bless Phil with half of his chicken flock to thank me for transporting the bamboo. I refused until he told me he’d keep the hen for more chicks and give the Cock to me for Christmas. Our supper was blessed with not ordinary chicken but “Christmas Cock”.

December 14, 2009 3:15 am
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This is the womeObama Shirtn’s church leader in    front of us at Sunday AIC morning service. Sudanese are very, very proud that “one of ours” is in the White House!