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Out of Africs.


The journey home begins tonight (African time).Wednesday, March 6, 2024  – Someplace we really can’t afford Karen, Kenya Neither of us knew how desperately we needed this trip. The ministry time together breathed new life into this ministry couple. We were beaten down and beaten up by the past several years of Teresa’s illness and her subsequent inability to join me on the ministry field. We are better together. Always have been. I pray, we always will be.  Since we arrived...

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Women meetup in Kenya for mentorship.


Sunday, March 3, 2024—Tent Church, Kitale Town, KenyaThe time Teresa spent on the injured reserved list sure didn’t show Sunday morning.As she stood in the tent church in Kitale, Kenya to give her testimony, there was not a sound to be heard except the soothing Southern drawl oozing from the pulpit. The story caught our Kenyan crowd off guard. They have never heard Teresa’s testimony. They only know her as “Momma Teresa”—the sainted woman who puts up with “pastor Mike”. As Teresa told of her...

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Teresa in Kenya


Saturday, March 2, 202 4— Rehema Guest House, Kitale Town, Kenya It is baseball season at home. That means that when I wake in the morning I reach for my phone to see how my favorite college coach and team (Chris Curry and his Little Rock Trojans) did. Yesterday at Belmont College—extra innings win with a home run by a pinch hitter off the bench. I hope you didn’t close out the journal?! I know, you checked in to see how our ministry day was and how you pray for us today. I’m getting to...

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Friday, February 27, 2024 — Rehema Guest House, Kitale Town, Kenya  The African mornings are my favorite for I know as surely as the sun rises, so shall I…and He, within me. The soft orange glow in the eastern sky is calling. It’s a new day in Africa. The songbirds are singing their familiar refrain. The aroma of breakfast cooking below our room calls me to shake off the last winks and come join God in His new day. If it is anything like yesterday, it will be a hallmark day. The equatorial...

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Delayed but not deterred byt getting stuck in the mud.


Wednesday, February 27, 2024 Kitale Town, Kenya I knew Tuesday evening as I lay in my bed in Kitale listening to the pouring rain what lay ahead. A few inches of rain, and the gumbo mud road from the tarmac to the Mount Elgon Training Center becomes impossible. Just after breakfast Pastor Richard called. I was right. The road was a mess. All of the ministry tractors have been moved to the farms. It is nearly planting season. Which answers your unanswered question as to why God would not...

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Praying children in Kenya.


Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Kitale Town, Kenya The slow Kenyan rain provided a soothing ambient background on the metal roof at the Seeds Children’s Home. The thunderstorm in the distant took down the fragile Kitale power grid. The orphanage generator provided just enough power for a couple of dim lights in the gathering hall of the orphanage. And then, worship began to ooze from the children gathered. No one else…. No one else… No one else…can worship God….for me.  Our U.S. team...

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Training leaders in Kenya, Africa.


Monday, February 26, 2024—Tasha (Nairobi), Kenya Question: If there is a woman in the church who is pretending to have a demon. Disrupting the services and stealing the pastor’s time, how should we handle that? Just one of the simple, straight-forward questions from the Q & A time of the pastors training conference today. Of course, my conservative baptist crew was right on top of the demonic pretending question! No joking, that was a real question today. But, it was imbedded in about...

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Thank you Jesus.


Monday, February 24, 2024—CORAT Conference Center, —Karen, Kenya Like you, I live in a mansion. My lights come on when I turn the switch. I drink water straight out of my tap. My toilet flushes every time. My room stays exactly the temperature that I set on my thermostat. When I go to bed I set my security alarm. And, when I walk into my spacious shower, I turn on the hot water and take as much time as I want to. There is an “endless supply” of hot water at my demand and command. Those sentences...

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Walking the grounds in Mathare Kenya.


Saturday, February 24, 2024—Mathare Slum—Nairobi, Kenya As I introduced Teresa to the children today, I explained to them that we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. In the Bible, the 50th year is often set aside as a year of “Jubilee” unto the Lord. I oversimplified the concept of jubilee to simply a “God-party.” I told the kids that we were beginning our jubilee with them. They loved it! But not any more than Teresa and I. As Teresa cut the ribbon for the official...

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Friday, February 22, 2024—Nairobi, Kenya Last night was tough! I had trouble going to sleep. Teresa fell asleep while I was praying. Then the mosquitos came. I can’t describe the buzz these tiny gnat-sized malaria transports make here in Kenya! And when I did fall asleep, it would be for an hour or so. I was constantly watching my phone to see how the team was progressing in their flight toward Kenya.  But even in the interrupted naps, God was good. Several thoughts came to polish off...

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