An interesting thing happened on Monday. I sat down to write a blog like a responsible missionary type person then realized I forgot to fill up my coffee. I went to the coffee maker and found some paper towels to use a coffee filter because I couldn't find the real filters. Then my phone dinged … Continue reading How We Ended Up Here (Pennsylvania, That Is)
The van began complaining a few months back. I didn't pay much attention to it. I'm used to vehicles that complain and groan and even try to kill me on occasion. I ignored its whining to see if maybe it would reconsider it's lot in life and go back to working without complaining. It didn't. … Continue reading Fixing Things, Finally.
I don't mean literally off the ground, unfortunately. It will be several years before I begin pilot training (if the Lord wills). But we do have several supporters who signed up for monthly commitments! This is huge to us and we are so humbled and grateful to those who made the commitment official. We now … Continue reading We’re Off the Ground!
The zoning enforcement officer knocks on my door. “So you’re starting a hog farm in your backyard? We’re getting complaints about some sort of smell.” I shook my head. “No, that’s my daughter, Adilene. She has the stomach bug.” He crinkled his nose. “May God be with you.” He quickly leaves the premises with his … Continue reading Adilene Gets Sick, Janice Gets Queasy, & I Get Budgeting Help
Quick family update. It was 2 degrees today in Goshen, Indiana! That's pretty cold, in case you aren't familiar with how a thermometer works. It didn't stop my wife though. She bundled up Adilene in seventy different types of cold weather gear; blankets, sweaters, a beanie, gloves, boots, socks, more socks, several more blankets, and … Continue reading Dropping the Ball on New Years
The Bible states that we should be “of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV) I don’t disagree but I think maybe Paul didn’t quite understand what traveling with a sick baby in a minivan was like. Is there a little leeway with the “sound mind” standard? Like, I’m mostly coherent but there is a … Continue reading Nocturnal Zombie Drivers
Technology has shortened our attention span. In fact, at this point, we're even too busy to utter words more than two syllables long. Like, serious, no one's got time for that. When you talk to someone, you're competing with their cell phone. Let's say you meet an old friend in a coffee shop. You're like … Continue reading Words Take Too Long
You find yourself huddled in a hand dug trench filled with pools of stagnant water, mud, and slimy bugs that are probably poisonous. It is possible that the bugs are harmless but they have two hundred extra legs and you don't want to take any chances so every time one tries to climb up your … Continue reading The Soldier Analogy
A great example of aircraft helping to transport missionaries into hard to reach places, which results in great moments like this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9dpmp_-TY0
One of the quickest ways to increase our grocery bill is for me to tag along with my wife to the local Amish bent and dent store. I love finding odd things at cheap prices. Of course, there's always the off chance that the odd thing will turn out to be stale, full of maggots, … Continue reading Yoder’s Bent & Dent Emporium VS the Mission Field