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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
September 14, 2011 9:13 pm
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Congolese…not really, but all their married life they have been working among the Congolese in Congo!

Last evening we celebrated this couple who are preparing to “retire” to Canada. We praised God for choosing to use Glenn and Sandy, delighted in hearing stories of the love and faithfulness of the Lord, and gave glory to the Father!

September 14, 2011 9:11 pm
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Garbage is a problem anywhere in the world.  But our methods of disposal differ.  Some are mechanical, some are natural! Here are our backyard (outside the wall) composters!

September 13, 2011 9:31 pm
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MANI = Movement of Africa National Initiatives.

Phil spent most of last week in this modern conference center in Abuja, Nigeria. At times it felt like North America. Even the crisscrossing 10 lane interstates were reminiscent of Orange County, CA. However, of the 650 delegates from 57 different countries only about one fourth were white-skinned. Security was tight with flashing police escorts to our hotels.

MANI 2011 was an inspiring exposure to some major missionary thrusts of the African churches. A few countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, and Ethiopia have shown impressive leadership to craft a nationwide, multi-denominational evangelical mission movement to evangelize their own nation and beyond, even back to Europe and North America. GO NORTH was the battle cry. Onward church of JESUS!

September 10, 2011 11:15 am
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Daughters of Destiny, our church’s women’s group, gathered today for a time of fellowship while learning new cooking tips!  I learned how to prepare and partially cook cassava with curry powder, garlic, onion, and turmeric in the water, and then coat and fry the slices for a tasty treat!  Another new combination for me was the turmeric, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and mustard seed mixture in the oil which is used for frying bite-sized chunks of pre-boiled potatoes. Very yummy, as was the Indian dish of Balti chicken!

September 10, 2011 11:08 am
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I, Linda, was privileged to participate with some of our short term workers in Uganda for one day last week in SMILE, a compassionate ministry to widows and children begun by a Ugandan lady with a huge heart!

Children everywhere, and amid the chaos, there was order! I was especially impressed with the patient lines at mealtimes, the prayer before eating, and the way all ages pitched in for the cleanup!





Some children played “soccer” with a homemade ball; some gathered round for story time when books were shared in groups; some had a “horseshoe” type of game with bottle caps/stones and holes in the ground; some were constructing sand/mud houses with torn pieces of paper or rags for decoration; some enjoyed the donated, all metal slides, merry go round, and teeter toter; some  collected insects from the ground; some “dressed up” and had a “tea party” without tea or snack (just water in discarded plastics)!

Naturally there were some disagreements, so there was some pinching, some tussling, and some stone throwing by upset kids! But these kids from the street made me SMILE!