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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
January 29, 2010 9:07 pm
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Phil poses with Paul and Mark, who are two of our “sponsored” students studying in Uganda, as they get a jumpstart on their travel back to school with an AIM AIR pilot who spent the last two nights in our home.

Testimony about their travel home from school via our home: After visiting us pre-Christmas, Paul and Mark set out for their home on local “taxi” filled with Kenyan business people going home to their families. Suddenly a gunmen accompanied by three other men stood in front of the taxi with gun cocked ready to shoot. Paul and Mark were full of courage and stepped from the taxi telling the man not to shoot. He came towards them and held the gun at them. However, they were not intimidated. They instructed him that he could shoot them and they would die, but that he would then be found and killed also. So they suggested he not shoot, as they moved closer to him. He got defensive and drew a line in the sand, telling them not to cross that line, or they would be dead. Instead of acquiesing, they moved toward him, and he and his associates fled into the bush. There are many accounts of ambushes on the roads–robberies on the road, looting of vehicles, injuries and deaths…but few report no damage. Praise God for their safety!

January 23, 2010 7:13 am
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Sixty years old, or sixty years young! Either way, we celebrated!

We were able to connect with our family with poor technological quality Skype calls which were filled with great emotional quality!!! My afternoon was filled with children here from AIC church compound, at my request! Since I could not celebrate with my kids, I did some substitution! 25 children climbed trees, drew pictures using colored pencils and markers, built structures of dominoes, played soccer (I retreated to “goalie” after taking a running fall), and ate such special treats as bread with honey, hard boiled eggs, bananas, and had kool aid (not the typical cake and ice cream). In the evening, Phil treated our household to a meal at a local restaurant (spicy fried chicken and very cold sodas) and then we retreated to our home for the chocolate cake (fixed by the ladies of the house) with our overnight guests.

I am so blessed!

January 17, 2010 3:03 pm

arua 037Anne Houghten, AIM missionary retires and returns to the UK after nearly 12 years of missionary service with the Church of Uganda in the West Nile of Uganda. After the litergical farewell service, Lugbara tribal tradition donated two sticks for Anne to properly cane (beat) the AIM leaders and her home church who were taking her away…

January 17, 2010 2:55 pm
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arua 009This is Mary whom we and our supporters sponsor for her University education in Kampala. What a lovely young Sudanese lady she is and loves Jesus so much and is growing in her faith as well as her University learning in Human Resource Management.

January 17, 2010 2:51 pm
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arua 008Our regional leadership met for 4 days in this room learning, praying, sharing, laughing, and crying together. We love our AIM leadership team. This followed our five days of Central Region Conference at the same resort at the mouth of the legendary Nile River. We were blessed with lovely grounds, a swimming pool, delicious food, superb fellowship and excellent teaching.

January 5, 2010 11:03 pm
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Linda and I pushed off the dock of Bushara Island Camp in their lovely little Laser sailboat.  It was well rigged and about the same size as my former much-loved Sunfish.IMG_7102

At first the breeze was light but steady.  We meandered around some islands and in and out of some coves, greeting the colorful Sunday afternoon-clad children calling from the hillsides and the water’s edge, “Good morning Muzungu.  How are you? You give me money.”  A few of the older ones even pushed off into their dugout canoes hoping their chances for money would be better from up close. They enjoyed the chase and good naturedly called goodbye when we laughed with them about their empty requests.

The mountain slopes beautified this “little Switzerland” of Uganda and made it easy to believe this is the second deepest lake in Africa. The slopes were terraced with gardens and grazing fields. Many of the islands were adorned on their highest point with the simple steepled elegance of a brick church.

We lazily, peacefully, joyfully sailed along. After over an hour of broad-reaching our way down wind, we began the slow zig-zagging beat-to-windward that would get us back to our own island before dark.

Ah…hah.. Is that a storm cloud in the southwest? The wind changed abruptly and instead of a slow close-hauled meandering back home we dashed on a single port-reach faster and faster as the white caps whipped up around us. I screamed in delight while Linda laughed and bravely trusted her captain and Jesus trying to forget that this Uganda sailboat boasts no life jackets.

As we glided into dock, I was intending to drop Linda and go out solo to attempt to plane this Laser. The thunder and white caps and Linda’s good sense convinced me to let this thrilling gift of sailing end on a fully positive note.

Praise you Jesus for this beautiful gift of a glorious sailing day, a scrumptious desert for our lovely vacation week.

Phil

January 5, 2010 11:00 pm
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Tent devotionsGood-bye, lovely Bushara Island on beautiful Bunyoni Lake. We’ve enjoyed your beautiful flowers, well kept walking trails, delicious meals, peaceful woodlands, singing birds, magnificant sunsets, and alone time for our marriage and Jesus relationships. This morning’s spice African tea tent-service enhanced our devotions in this secluded bird haven and is our farewell memory of this lovely week of vacation in southwest Uganda. We begin our journey back to Kampala and Central Region Conference.

January 5, 2010 8:47 am
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On the last day olake bunyoni 116f 2009, Phil was blessed with a beautiful sailing worship experience on Lake Bunyoni (Little Switzerland of Uganda). This was the first sailing of the year 2009! Praises to the Creator and the Sustainer, JESUS!lake bunyoni 124

January 5, 2010 8:42 am
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Lake BunyoniNew Years’ Weekend at Bushara Island, the land of the small delicately colored birds with magnificent voices singing praise to our God!

We canoed around multiple islands in the local large dugout canoes, which were difficult to maneuver…spent hours in the Word and with our Father…improved our badminton skills…soaked in the beauty of the flowers, trees and water…rested, relaxed and slept!lake bunyoni 098