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Brazil, Day Four

Brazil, Day Four

Ah, Sunday, the day of rest. Much needed rest. I got too much rest. Translation: I slept in. My alarm was supposed to go off an hour earlier, but he and I were not on the same page this morning. We made it to church on time, though, and I didn’t really need to eat breakfast anyway. Let me just say, the service was beautiful. We sang basic church songs; nothing fancy, just simple, pure … Read entire article »

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Brazil, Day Three

Brazil, Day Three

Have you ever dreamed of fishing in the Amazon? Pictured the pink dolphins, anacondas, and seen piranha leaping out of the water every few seconds? Can you imagine the fifty-pound bass hanging off the end of your line? The Brazilian fish weighing down your boat? Well, if you have, let me bring you back to reality. It’s not like that,at least not for me. I found that out this morning, when I woke up at … Read entire article »

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Brazil, Day Two

Brazil, Day Two

Day one of my time here in Brazil was mostly occupied with going through security and traveling. Today, I was able to do and see more than that. My day started as I ate breakfast late in the morning, unpacked, met lots of people, and generally got settled. I was also able to help dad and his computer friend with setting up the network. They had gotten the server configured last night, but they needed … Read entire article »

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Brazil, Day One

It’s been a long time since I have written an article. Since I embarked on the France-Kyrgyzstan trip last fall, many things have happened. I played a year of football. The Avengers came out. My baby sister was born. But now, here I am at the keyboard. And here I am in Manaus, Brazil: ready to try more things, eat more food, and do more work for the Lord. To you give some background: my dad had received a request to go down to Brazil to install a load of new telephones for a ministry that works down there, and he invited me to come along. I didn’t want to turn down a chance to go to Brazil (duh), so I said yes. We packed our suitcases, and we packed up … Read entire article »

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When Saying “No” Is Not Enough

No.  It’s one of the most powerful words in the English language.  Within that word lies the answer to overcome temptation.  It is the word which can prevent broken hearts and lives.  It is the word of resolve uttered by statesmen when tyranny demands acquiescence to threats. It also happens to be one of the most frustrating words when you encounter it personally.  Ever had your hopes and dreams built up, only to be told, “No”?  Have you invested in a relationship deeply only to be told, “No”?  From childhood onward, our lives are filled with a seemingly endless flood of the word “no.” What does that have to do with parenting?  A simplistic response would be to say that this is an article about learning to tell your child, “No” and … Read entire article »

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Down Time in Bishkek

Down Time in Bishkek

Happy Saturday everyone! Not that today is a holiday or anything, but I had a good day today, and I can’t wait to start sharing about it. And as always, I’ll start at the beginning. Because Dad is an ISP man, he got to meet some computer geeks this morning, and talk with them about servers, and voice-over IP, and a bunch of other stuff. I went with him, and learned some more about computer language. … Read entire article »

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