Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

Turning Their Hearts

I saw this incredible piece of art today and I can’t stop staring at it.  Spanish artist, Juan Lucena painted this in honor of all the deceased grandparents of COVID 19 who were not able to say goodbye to their … Continue reading

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The Process of Becoming Christlike

I’ve been reading a very insightful book written by Bruce and Marie Hafen called Faith Is Not Blind. I’ve spent many years and a lot of energy putting things into my mind, willing facts and figures to stay put and … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart

It’s an interesting thing to be out of the country, watching from a distance, when it seems like America as we know it is imploding, self-destructing.  This last week in Minneapolis  a black man named George Floyd was killed by … Continue reading

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Advice from An Old Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into … Continue reading

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Advice From a Farmer’s Wife

Whenever you return a borrowed pie pan, make sure it’s got a warm pie in it. Invite lots of folks to supper. You can always add more water to the soup. There’s no such thing as woman’s work on a … Continue reading

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The World Changed

An intruder has come into our lives.  By the end of this day, 150 countries will have reported more than 150,000 cases of the Coronavirus worldwide.  And this is just the beginning.  We’ve all been watching the numbers spread and … Continue reading

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Each of us is a Pioneer

Today important visitors arrived in Bamako.  Brother Norbert Ounleu from Accra and Brother Matt Heiss from Salt Lake City have come to gather oral histories from our Pioneer members here in Mali.   This is an exciting time for our members … Continue reading

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A Gift of Christ: Often it maketh my bones to quake

Before leaving his disciples, Jesus promised them an incredible gift–a gift that would surpass any gift ever given. I thought about that gift in the dark pre-dawn hours on this Christmas morning as I waited in bed, listening to the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Bamako 2019 “Prayer is Better than Sleep”

I woke in the dark pre-dawn this Christmas morning to the cries of the muezzin at the mosque across the street, calling us to prayer.   These reminders come daily, every few hours, reminding us that there is a God in … Continue reading

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Sometimes we try to keep too many irons in the fire.

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