Digging-out My XtraTufs

During my home assignment, Dayton, Ohio, received a delightful post-Christmas dumping of that wonderful fluffy, white stuff. Although the snow piles were not exactly Alaska-sized, I still had to dig my car out of a tiny mountain. This wasn’t exactly a task suited for my thin, felt shoes. So, I was forced to dig my

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This is Sicily

It was unusually warm this November morning. Sitting in the Sicilian post office I could smell the body odor of at least 25 other locals jammed into the small government outpost. Each one was waiting to step up to the glass which separated us lowly citizens from the not-so-helpful public servant. But whose turn was

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Attacks in Paris: the Emotional Aftermath

In light of the recent terror attacks in France (see last paragraph for a summary from the news), several of our missionaries to France sent newsletters about the emotional climate. Here is a recent update: –from missionaries to France “Several people contacted us to ask how the shooting at Charlie Hebdo has affected France, our

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First Blossoms of a New Church

Soon after we moved into our house, Carolyn bought a bougainvillea vine that she envisioned one day flowering over our front door. We pruned, trained, and fertilized the shoots for years, but no flowers appeared. Then, just as we prepared to move out, Carolyn noticed the first flower! During the last four and a half

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Turn Up the Quiet

The Christmas season, if we’re honest, can be more stressful than enjoyable. The voice of our High Priest that “shields my soul” and “scatters fear” can so easily be drowned by the noise of the cooking, the shopping, and the festivities. Talk about seeing the trees rather than the forest! I want to encourage you

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Avant’s Ambassador–Seymour Goes to the Bahamas!

Please join us in welcoming Avant’s newest traveling ambassador: Seymour the Lion! Here is a little background information on Seymour: Education: Wild-About-Jesus Bible College Favorite Verse: Hosea 11:10 (NLT) “For someday the people will follow me. I, the Lord, will roar like a lion. And when I roar, my people will return trembling from the

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Taco Seasoning In Asia

I looked around the table and chuckled to myself. In our travels through Western Asia, Carrie and I stopped in Istanbul to share a meal with our Korean friends. Per their request, we brought a large container of taco seasoning all the way from America. As we sat down to eat, our friends explained that

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