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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
March 28, 2010 4:18 pm
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Today I transported these three yellow-clad “Women of Grace” to Loudo village for Sunday services with evangelist Willie.
A bit after this photo, as I was preaching, a big gecko (bright orange-headed lizard) about 12 inches long dropped from the tree with a splat between me and the front row of children. I had just made the statement, “Jesus knows all about our suffering.” The gecko plopping in the dust startled us all, especially the one child when the gieko scurried up his leg and torso and jumped off his shoulder.
I had serious trouble attempting to regain attention to finish the sermon. It didn’t help that my translator was blind Willie whose English is pretty scanty. And it was 2 PM and everybody was tired and hungry.
Oh well, Jesus said, “I will build my church.” It’s not all up to my clever attention-grabbing sermons anyhow.
March 28, 2010 4:15 pm
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At 3 AM on Saturday morning, we were awakened by a motorcycle at the gate and Pastor Peter calling out to us. In a child carrier on his chest was petite little 2-year-old Linda, his daughter named after Linda Byler. She was whimpering, sweating profusely and vomiting. She had been bitten by a scorpion while sleeping in bed. Our electric zapper to treat scorpion bites was 20 miles away, on loan to another pastor whose community had many more scorpion and snake bites than ours.
I took Linda and Peter to the UN camp where they gave her some pain meds, and while we waited for their evaluation, her vomiting subsided. She is so tiny for her age that we were worried about her even though very few people die of scorpion bites.
We brought her back to our house where they rested until morning when her sleepless, worried mother came looking for them. This is a picture of Peter, Beatrice, and Linda the next morning after she began taking tea and porridge. Today, Palm Sunday, she is much improved, although she still holds her bitten hand up like a flag.
March 26, 2010 8:27 am
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Breakfast with the BishopAIC Bishop Andrew Wawa and his wife Anna were house guests with us for the weekend while we nursed Anna back to health from malaria. Andrew enlarged my vision and my hope for Sudan. I needed that!

March 26, 2010 8:14 am
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Walking home with Frances’ supper guests, Esther, Esther, and Theresa. Frances has been with us for 6 weeks as a short term Nursery School teacher at the Africa Inland Church school. Esther (short one) is in charge of preschool. Frances teaches daily Bible Stories to the class of 60 four year olds. Some of the children are from families of other religions.

March 25, 2010 3:01 pm
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Well what-do-you-know. When darkness fell the scuffling and growling in the attic resumed and Patch came blasting out one side of the attic and the animal we were calling a Mongoose turns out to be Genet came out the other side. What a beautiful creature… the books say they can be good pets. We’ll see. We tried to escort him to the open door but now at bedtime he’s still keeping us company.

March 25, 2010 7:49 am
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Our faithful cat Patch had an assistant last night to keep our house free of rats, shakes, and other undesirable critters. Frequent household noises puzzled me, Phil, throughout the night and I even came out on patrol at 4AM to check what was going on but only a relaxed Patch greeted me. At daybreak however a mongoose scampered up our ring beam ledge and into the attic space. Maybe he is still there but the growling and scuffling noises subsided after full light. We spotted another mongoose in the yard at dawn and notice that the old almost filled pit latrine has lots of footprints at its opening. (The photo is borrowed as I was not quick enough with the camera)

March 18, 2010 7:12 am
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President Salva Kiir of South Sudan descended with 5 planes and one helicopter onto our airstrip today. Campaigning is in full swing for the April 11 elections. Our compound surrounded by waiting throngs was excellent opportunity for giving drinks of cool water to soldiers and civilians.

March 15, 2010 9:36 pm
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A team of Kenyans with an American preacher just completed a five day festival campaign in Torit.  Praise God for decisions made, for the healings experienced (the blind see, the lame walk), and for the follow-up of those who made commitments.  The atmosphere at the open air evening meetings is a combination of church worship, a dance celebration, and a carnival!

March 15, 2010 9:35 pm
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The first ever “free and democratic” elections are scheduled in South Sudan for April 11th, the first Sunday after Easter.  We, as a team, will be leaving the country for this event and are planning to spend much time in prayer for the country. That Sunday between 3 and 5 pm, we will meet in Kampala and in Nairobi to gather together those who will intercede.  Will you join us in requesting a miraculously peaceful election?  Perhaps you could encourage your church to especially remember the Sudanese on this Sunday!

March 15, 2010 9:33 pm
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Should I change this tire?

Some decisions are easy.