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Home Assignment

Well, it is that time of year again when we will be headed back to the States.  Last year I did a very poor job of communicating where we were or what we were up to.  This year I decided I would post our tentative schedule and put pictures, etc. weekly so you could be praying for us and potentially visit with us as we are out and about this big old USA!

We will be leaving this weekend to head to the airport.  We have a ten hour lay-over in Istanbul, Turkey.  We are hoping everything works out so that we can take a tour that picks you up and delivers you back to the airport after showing you some of Istanbul.  After spending time in Frankfurt and Paris (airports, that is) and being afraid to venture out of the airport for fear of missing our flight we are excited to see some new sights.  We arrive at JFK in New York on April 25 late.  We will drive to Connecticut to meet with a new church to talk about what God is doing here in Gembu and then we will be involved in Missions week May 1-8 at Trinity Baptist Church in Fairfield then off to Wintonbury in Bloomfield on the 14th, and Valley Community in Avon the 17-22.  We love our Connecticut church families and are so excited to visit with them and tell them what God is doing in our lives and Gembu since we last visited them four years ago.

We are driving to Orlando, FL for some meetings at Converge Headquarters and spend a brief time with our friends, the Veldhuizens from the 24-25 then off to North Carolina to visit our son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina.  On May 28 we will be visiting with another new church to us, Sandy Run Baptist Church in Mooresboro NC.

June 4 finds us at Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield, OH and on the 11th Bethel Baptist in Galesburg, IL.  Have I said how blessed we are to have awesome partners in ministry?  We love sharing with our partners what God is doing and how their partnership is changing lives in Gembu!

June 15 we have Doctor appointments, will visit our Christian Campers Family on June 17 and go to the dentist on the 20th of June.  We get to meet with the mission team that was just here on June 23, attend a very special friends wedding on June 24 and visit our Home Church, Edinbrook June 25 and have supper with our Sunday School Class friends on June 26.

In July we are visiting with some friends in Cokato MN, share with our church family at First Baptist in Cokato and then go to Brookings SD to share what God is doing here with a church.  We will have supper with Jim and Lisa Black (our Africa Director for Converge) and hopefully get to visit with my great-uncle and aunt who are in Moorhead, MN.  August 1 we leave to head back to Gembu.

Friends, if you think of it, pray for us as we travel and speak to people about God’s work in Gembu.  Please also pray for our staff here carrying on the work in our absence.

Signing off from Gembu for the last time for a couple of months now.


Reflections – 5 years ago Today…

Today is one of the “memorial days” for our journey to Nigeria.  March 22, 2012 was the fateful day that we were on our way back to the airport to embark on our “missionary adventure”.  After deciding that, Yes, this is where God wants us, we can’t do it ourselves, the job is too big… Continue Reading

What can I do?

This week I want to tell you about something I have recently committed to.  I took the “Fair Pledge Challenge” from a non-profit group that Dan and I love called “Stories Foundation”. Here’s why I love this so much, here is the pledge I took. I pledge to think before I buy. To consider what… Continue Reading

My Friend, Phyllis

The year was 1996, we were moving from Rural Minnesota to “City Life”.  I was a bit scared, excited, and nervous.  I was moving into a whole lot of change.  As I have said before, I don’t do change well.  I would be homeschooling and staying at home.  My years teaching AWANA and Sunday School,… Continue Reading

Daddy Issues!

Think of these words, if we truly understand the impact of these words it is life-changing and life-giving. You’re a good good father It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are And I’m loved by you It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am Let me tell… Continue Reading

What About Christmas?

I am thinking this month about Christmas.  In our part of very rural Nigeria there are not really any reminders here that scream out, “Christmas is coming, you must hurry!”.  In fact I doubt if most of the people I know will receive any gifts, but will spend time with the family that they are… Continue Reading

Don’t Fence Me In!

These lilies are just beautiful and we have quite a few plants by the house here in Gembu.  Because our dogs Lady and Tramp think that flowers are better than bones to chew on, we have to put the fences up to keep the dogs out.  For some reason these lilies are always poking out… Continue Reading

An Attitude of Gratitude!

I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but we will be traveling and will not have much computer access so I decided to post about one of the things that has helped me immensely through my life and is relevant with Thanksgiving approaching. Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s I was a HUGE Oprah… Continue Reading


Today, November 11 is Dan’s 56th birthday.  My birthday had me reminiscing and now it’s time to tell you about this man that I married so very long ago and how I have seen God shape him into the person he is now. The first birthday I celebrated with Dan was his 19th birthday.  I… Continue Reading


 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand. We stayed at the State Park in Geshacka where I took this picture of these tree roots. … Continue Reading