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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
June 15, 2012 10:56 pm
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The evolution of a missionary journey is the topic we are exploring with our AIM Central Region leadership group of 25. It was very energizing and creative as we tracked the journey from initial “call” to recruitment, then pre-field training, Africa Based Orientation followed by on-field training to enable a successful full term missionary.

Our four days of Envisioning Meetings were drawing to a close after spending two full days asking “Lord, Teach us to Pray.” We probed into the richness of the Lord’s prayer and discovered new depths of meaning and methods of praying.

Our life flows from abiding in the vine/Jesus. Nothing is more important.

June 6, 2012 6:54 am
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It was a routine customs police stop just outside of town. Usually they wave us through with friendly greetings. Today the officer demanded each of our passports and scrutinized them carefully. Finding them all in order, he demanded to see our cameras, then our photos on the LCD screen. “Delete them all,” he ordered. “But why?” I asked, “we have no military photos.” “Don’t ask questions,” he snapped, “just do as I say!”

We learned that in an distant town a woman had been bewitched the previous day and turned into a large snake. People were mobbing the police station to view the snake/woman. It wasn’t clear to us white folks how this story related to our delete-photo-demands. Nonetheless this blog entry contains all the photos left on our camera.

The next day the government declared the snake story a hoax.

June 6, 2012 6:50 am
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The sign above our heads says “Nagishot International Airport.” The funniest thing about it is that it is true. We have flown from Kampala, Uganda and landed at this bumpy dirt airstrip and are posing under the International Terminal. Don’t even look for baggage claim.
We are with our international director, Lanny Arensen, and his wife Carla, along with our new South Sudan Unit Leader appointees, Geoff and Pat Hartley. What a gift from God that they wanted to reenter AIM front line missions after years as pastor of a local church in South Africa. At first Pat’s prayer was “anywhere but Sudan.” Now they are overjoyed to come to Sudan and we are overjoyed to have them.