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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
March 26, 2013 3:13 pm
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hot cross bunsHot cross buns…one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!  It’s just a song, and I remember pounding out the music on the piano a long time ago.  I never realized “hot cross buns” were an essential in some Good Friday traditions, until we had a discussion at lunch last week in our Central Region AIM office!  I learned on the internet, that people attributed almost magical properties to this centuries old traditional pastry.  Bakers kept one all year long to assure that their dough would rise.  Sailors would take them on long voyages to keep the boat afloat.   So I searched for a recipe and made some “hot cross buns,” which were delicious (although “crosses” on the tops of the buns almost got lost as the dough rose and baked) and we shared them with our neighbors for the holiday season.

March 24, 2013 7:19 pm
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Team from S. AfricaGod is at work among the Karamojong, a marginalized people group in Uganda.  Today we had the privilege of having these three from South Africa with us for lunch—Colin, Sarah, and Debbie.  God has called them to encourage the Karamojong  believers, who are busy sharing the Gospel in their communities.   When I asked them what they see as the need for mission personnel in this area, they quickly spoke up that the believers there need Biblical training, farmers who can walk alongside the farmers there as they implement Farming God’s Way, and entrepreneurial thinkers who can guide and train the believers into sustainable business ventures.  Is God calling you?

March 14, 2013 6:52 pm
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mary 004We are blessed with wonderful daughters—three biological daughters, one daughter by marriage, and several very special African daughters!  Mary, a South Sudanese youth we met in our very first year in Africa, is one of these.  She is the second of her siblings who finished university in Uganda and is now serving in South Sudan.  Tonight she and her special friend came for the meal and evening with us.  What a delight to hear Reuben and Mary overflow with gratitude to God for their lives in Him, their opportunities to serve others, and the way God is leading them together.

Culturally they have now the approval of the significant family members, the brothers and uncles and parents, so as soon as the house is built, Reuben can write the proper letter of request to Mary’s family.  Then, a date can be set for the introduction where the families will ask each other questions, and then finally a wedding date will be set!  So within a year, we will get an invite to participate in this daughter’s wedding! What a joy!

March 10, 2013 4:39 pm
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Visitation DayToday we got to spend time with one of our South Sudanese Scholars. Boarding schools in Uganda have strict visitation rules, so guardians and families only come to see the students on approved days. Today was one of those visitation days, and we appreciated the “thanksgiving celebration” which was part of the day’s program! We also could not agree more with the speaker who declared that the greatest investment which Visitation Daywe can make is investing in people! That’s why we invest in others, enabling them to go and do what we could never do!