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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
April 27, 2010 9:00 am
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En route back to Kampala from the Ik visit, our engine overheated for unknown reasons and blew up. We praise God for provision to haul it to Kampala to our trustworthy mechanic all in one afternoon and evening–multiple minor miracles of grace. The good news is it is repairable with parts already in Uganda. The bad news is the part needed is a new engine, gulp. Thank you Jesus for your provision.

April 27, 2010 8:58 am
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We discovered children in an Ik compound playing together (boys and girls) in an organized game like our “jacks” (using rocks for jacks and for the
ball).  Surprising since we have not witnessed this in other people groups!

April 27, 2010 8:56 am
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The Ik people live in villages on the tops of the mountains in northeast Uganda bordering Kenya and Sudan.  They have also been called “The Mountain People” or Tauso. They are often caught between their surrounding cattle raiding neighbors on all sides, Toposa to north, Turkhana to the east, and Karamojo to the west and south. The Ik are more agriculturally minded, do hunting in the surrounding forest, and are great wild honey collectors. They are a small tribe, maybe 25,000 with a unique language unlike any of their neighbours in East Africa. They have been unreached by the wonderful Gospel message and AIM is looking at partnering with SIL, Church of Uganda, and Pentecostal Assemblies of God to evangelize them.

April 22, 2010 5:49 pm
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Entree: Whole fried talapia with chips!

After a day of travel from Kampala, we have pleasant accommodations in Kitgum, Uganda. We are on an exploratory trip to visit the unreached Ik people in northeast Uganda. We will be hosted by SIL couple Terril and Amber Schrock. Meet our Regional Executive Officer, Steve Wolcott, and wife, Debbie; two of our Sudan missionaries, Danielle Olsen and Tianne Cole, with Linda and Phil’s empty chair.

April 15, 2010 9:14 pm
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While Sudan elections are happening, we are taking a few days of vacation at
Garuga Resort Beach Hotel on Lake Victoria near Entebbe, Uganda. The
beautifully landscaped shrubs, trees, and flowers along with plenty of time
alone with each other and with Jesus are ministering to our spirits.

April 15, 2010 9:12 pm
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Our Sudan AIM team of 20 individuals has taken a precautionary leave from Sudan as the elections are in process. Some traveled to Nairobi by air and some of us by road to Kampala.

We road travelers came within a whisker of being held in Sudan. After days of debating when was the best time for us to leave due to the rumors of “border closing” and all the official reports that the borders will not close we finally made the prayerful decision to leave two days earlier on the 7th instead of the 9th. Just as we 13 AIM’ers drove into the border post of Seritania, Sudan, at 1 PM on the 7th, we noticed a man at the roadside standing with his cell phone high above his head to pick up the last bar of the distant Ikotos cell tower. A few minutes later the same man came to where we were clearing immigrations to say that very call was from his superiors in Juba to close the border to all SS registered vehicles which would include the two cars and motorcycle in our caravan. However since he personally knew us from previous crossings, we would be allowed to proceed.

Talk about incredible timing of God’s provision! Praise to JESUS! Whew! Am I glad HE is the leader of this team!

April 4, 2010 8:40 pm
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Easter Sunday afternoon Pastor Peter and Beatrice called for a “house blessing” of their new home constructed by Peter himself. It was a joyous occasion with lots of laughter, singing, and song/dance presentations by groups including the cute preschoolers shown. African milk-tea with mandazis were served by the youth.

April 3, 2010 3:36 pm
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The wonder of seeds, cuttings, transplants…the amazing miracle of LIFE in our garden as well as our souls this EASTER weekend. JESUS is not only alive, he “holds all life together.”

April 2, 2010 10:42 am
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Palm Sunday afternoon was lively at our place with 25 Sunday School kids from the church…

playing frisbee, eating beans and rice and mangoes, hearing the story of the final week of JESUS’ life, acting the scenes very dramatically, and drawing the scenes for themselves!

One of my favorite moments was watching the little ladies wrapping up in the sheer curtain material as Jesus’ followers, and then as Jesus came on the donkey, they took off the curtains and stretched them on the path, waving flowers and calling out Hosanna!