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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
February 27, 2010 12:18 pm
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This Ugandan up in remote mountains of Nagishot, Sudan, is a skilled carpenter craftsman. His starting point is a dead fallen tree from which his chainsaw hues timbers up to size 1 x 12 with amazing accuracy and precision. Then with only hand tools he creates useful pieces of furniture well planned and joined. The ladies carry the timbers on their heads from fallen tree/saw mill to the compound.

February 22, 2010 11:16 pm
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We are thrilled with the birth on February 20th of our seventh grandchild, fourth grandson, Eben Samuel Byler, born to Steven and Christine Hevelone-Byler in Boston. Praise to JESUS!

February 22, 2010 11:13 pm
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Pastor Anthony for whom many of our suppporters helped with his neurosugrical care last year arrived with a gift of thanksgiving – a gallon of honey and a large male goat.  Come on over for a goat roast tonight!

Pastor Anthony’s condition is stable. His village is suffering from “hunger” due to drought and crop failure last year.

February 22, 2010 11:05 pm
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The Torit youth choir with William British out to the village for a day of evangelistic outreach. Sound equipment and generator on the roof… Nineteen enthusiastic youth and one old man (Phil) inside the 9 passenger Land Rover. Music – lots of music with amplified volume – dust raising dancing – modern dramatic dance mixed with traditional mellow villager dancing – enthusiastic preaching. Praise the name of JESUS!

February 16, 2010 10:51 pm
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William British is a young, enthusiastic evangelist (blind), who is doing much pioneer work for the gospel (along with development efforts) in his home area of five villages.  The church here has recognized his ability and would license him for ministry, but said he must first find a wife!  So, he has found Abuba and they are in the midst of the families’ marriage negotiations.  He brought her yesterday to our home and we had a lovely visit together!  (Phil will be accompanying him next week for an overnight outreach to one of the five villages which so far has not had any outreach!)

February 16, 2010 10:49 pm
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Logistics is not a word which we heard often in the USA, but here we hear it a lot!
Logistics means anything from assisting in arranging flights/rides, buying or getting supplies to the recipient, arranging for the needs of the members, etc.
Our job as team leaders in South Sudan necessitates lots of logistical details.
Here Linda is assisting Ali in packing some “pretty green” tomatoes for the rough ride to Ikotos (egg cartons are good for tomatoes’ travel!).
(Jacob and Joan, in the background, are cutting up a pineapple for all the travelers’ refreshment before their departure.)

February 16, 2010 9:21 pm
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We are never sure who will be at our table when we prepare breakfast!
Our guests for breakfast today included a Sudanese student (sent back to his sponsor for medical treatment–from Uganda!), two couples working in Ikotos (who came for supplies and rest for two nights), two Sudanese men who were here to talk with Phil…plus our usual crew on the compound (which is today Frances, Jacob, and Joan).
Want to join us for breakfast tomorrow?

February 16, 2010 12:31 am
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[2/10/2010] Ann and Sonja, both from Texas, have joined the AIM team in Sudan in the mountains of Lopit!
Phil and I transported them last week and we assisted them with their orientation to language and cultural learning!
Sonja’s broken foot created a challenge, but she managed well…and they were greeting and sharing basic Lopit conversation by the end of the week of training.

February 16, 2010 12:25 am
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Humped back cattle with the big horns, play toys made by the boys from mud

[2/10/2010] Children in America play with toy cars!  Americans love their cars!

Children here in Sudan play with their homemade cattle!   Sudanese love their cattle!

What do your children play with?

I loved watching the boys with their mud shaped and dried cattle toys!

Shaping the cattle with his fingers, wettened by the spit from his mouth

Arranging the cattle, when finished ... the most honored big bull with shaped horns was in centre, with others "bowing to it"

February 16, 2010 12:17 am
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[2/2/2010] Abigail Masse has come to Torit as a new missionary under Make Way Partners. She brought her parents along to help start the orphanage but her winning smile, social charm and her sparkling eyes might have done the job alone.  Anyway she warms the granddaughter void in Linda’s (and Phil’s) heart.