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Monrovia, Liberia
I live in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa with my wife and youngest son. We are recently arrived in Liberia where we are serving as missionaries with Evangelical Church Missions working under the Liberia Evangelical Mission. For most of the last thirty years we have served under ECM in Bolivia, South America. We are the happy parents of four children and the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mr. Mom KO'ed by the School System

I'm down but not quite out, although close. Last week the departmental education ministry announced that all schools (private and public) were to be shut down for a period of ten days in an attempt to curb the spread of the flu. The swine flu (no offense meant to the pigs and hopefully none taken) is is in epidemic proportions in Bolivia and the authorities fear for the safety of students in schools. So, here I sit with Mark and 7 days of homework. This is a test of any sane parent's ability to cope. But a parent without the other half is bound to end up looney when all is said and done. I've already made my reservation at the happy home for happy people - I'll be needing it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pizza and Pastors

This past Saturday we had the Santa Cruz district pastors over for a taste of American style pizza (that means pizza without corn, asparagus, eggs among other things). Six of the invited ten were able to come. We had a good time sharing and laughing together. Kevin and Lisa Hoffman came to help put the pizzas together and then Kevin shared some of his testamony with the pastors giving them the chance to know him better. I had planned to show them a video after eating but instead the conversation turned to a discussion of the necesities of having some form of active discipleship training going on in each church and especially with new converts. That led into a very open and honest discussion about the Bible Institute program here in Santa Cruz and what we are doing that is right and what we are doing that is wrong. I thought, "this is worth more than a video", so the video had to wait. There would never have been this kind of frank discussion at a formal business meeting of the district. So I thank God for the day with the pastors and pizza. Now we'll have to see what we can get if we serve them fried chicken, taters and gravy.