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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
May 26, 2010 9:37 pm
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Last year in California, Pastor Joe prophesied over Phil that he would be like Caleb in Deuteronomy 14:11, “So here I am today, eighty five years old. I am as strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”

Yes, let’s take the strongholds in these mountains for Jesus! Ready, hike!

May 26, 2010 9:34 pm
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A new measure of cooperation and unity was achieved yesterday as we met in Lohutok with three levels of AIC leadership, Diguna leadership, Kenyan missionary co-workers and our AIM missionary to strategize on evangelistic and discipleship outreach to the 52 villages of the Lopit Mountain range. A renewed vision was embraced and commissioned. Oh Jesus, may these seeds bear kingdom fruit.

May 20, 2010 10:19 pm
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We awakened to an unusual amount of excited children’s voices this morning. They lined our fence with cups and water bottles pointing and grabbing at the flying “white ants.” We soon realized our security light had attracted the termites in droves and the ground in front of our two bedrooms out back was carpeted with the white-winged insects. This often happens after a good soaking rain like we had yesterday. The ants are considered a delicacy by the Africans and are highly sought after. Unfortunately for the eager children, the fence was too far from the light for them to get more than a few.

We unlocked the gate and the children squealed with delight as they filled their containers with the creatures. Pop off the wings, fry them in peanut oil and happy snacking.

May 18, 2010 10:40 pm
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This is Linda with Scott and Ali Hara, our newest missionaries stationed in Ikotos. We plan to meet with them every couple weeks for mentoring, encouraging, and fellowship. And a good Scrabble game fits the bill sometimes for Linda. With Phil, Settlers would be more appropriate.

May 18, 2010 10:38 pm
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I, Phil, spent a full six days in this room participating in the Africa Inland Church, Sudan General Assembly. It was a very African experience with multiple delays which turned the Assembly into a six-day event instead of the three days planned. The church initiated an exciting new way forward with a new bishop and a new constitution. I was able to share a morning devotional on “The Supremacy of Jesus” from Colossians 1. I also connected with three pastors who have a heart for indigenous cross cultural missions. EXCITING!

May 12, 2010 7:37 am
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RECONCILE is a peacemaking organization, which is doing an education seminar this week on our veranda for about 30 church and community leaders.  The teaching focuses on understanding the processes of government and now the preparations for the referendum (where the southerners will vote for unity or secession from the north).  Here are two of the church mamas making mandazi for the morning tea time in the cooking area under our carport.

May 9, 2010 6:17 pm
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The Torit local church was interested in having some of the plants from our compound to beautify their office and the radio station.  Phil and I picked up a few of the Sunday School kids and brought them to our place, and their enthusiasm and excitement went over the top! They eagerly used the shovels to dig out clumps, divide clusters, and put into basins and buckets. Several hours later with the help of many of their friends, we had them all in the ground with lots of water carried even by the youngest of the crew! Unfortunately we did not get photos of all the action on Saturday, but after church today, there was no lack of eagerness to pose with “their plants.” Hopefully, with the ownership these young ones are showing, the plants will not get trampled and their needs for water will be met! And as a result, the compound will show more of God’s glory!

May 9, 2010 6:09 pm
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One of our first visitors on our return from Kampala to Torit was one-week-old Philip!  Philip is the son of our laundry helper, Margaret.  Naturally, Phil is pleased with his namesake!

May 9, 2010 6:06 pm
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En route home from Uganda to Sudan, our trip was interrupted by the blockade created by this truck which had gotten stuck in the mud the day before. Since both sides of the road were marshy, there was a contingent of “waiters” as the truck’s wares were being moved, the stuck tires were being dug out, and “cooks” were fixing a simple meal under the chassis of one of the delayed lorries.  With the gray skies ready to dump additional rain, we knew we needed to act quickly if we were to finish the trip before nightfall.  Phil and Scott scouted out the land, and with prayers brought our two heavily laden (lots of supplies for us and others–including solar batteries, water tank, groceries, three propane gas cylinders, and stuff) safely through the long soggy detour!  Praise to JESUS, we lost only a couple of hours in the process!