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A Day in DC

We have been living in the DC area for about six weeks and hadn't yet taken time to visit the city.  Finally on Saturday we got a chance to go.  We can take a bus from the college straight to the metro station, but on Saturday the parking lot at the metro station is free, so we just drove down.  We bought tickets and were off.  There was only about two other people in the car on the train we got on.

First we went to the Library of Congress.  John wanted to get a Reader's Card so he can do some of his doctoral research there.  The Library of Congress has several buildings.  This is one of the newer ones and the place where one must obtain the card.  After he got his card he wanted to do some work in the periodicals room, also in that building.  So I went over to the older building...the one you undoubtedly picture in your mind when I mention the Library of Congress.  It is an absolutely beautiful building inside.  I could spend a long time in there just people-watching and enjoy…

Splagchnizomai

Sounds like some strange, deadly tropical disease, doesn't it?

Well, it's not a disease....in fact, it's an emotion.  More than that, it's an action.  But it does have something to do with your stomach!

I've been reading through Isaiah and today's reading (actually yesterday and today....I didn't read yesterday and had two days to do today) had one wonderful verse after another.  God is warning His people that if they don't repent, He will have to punish them to bring them to their senses.  But He doesn't want to do that and so He begs them to repent.  The Lord says that his
"people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." (Isaiah 29:13)  
He begs them to repent saying, "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength." (Isaiah 30:15)  
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; …

Desperate Needs

We have some desperate needs for key positions in Niger.


Perhaps the most desperate right now is the need for a grades 3 & 4 teacher at Sahel Academy.  School has started, but without a teacher for this class.  One of the moms, who is an Art teacher and would like to be able to concentrate on that, and the principal, who leaves for her home assignment in just a few weeks, have been covering the class.  This is a delightful and high energy class...and many parents are able to minister in Niger because of the good education Sahel Academy provides.
If you have training to teach at this level, are a committed Christian who loves kids, and if you would like to have an unforgettable experience overseas, this could be the job for you!  This link to SIM, would put you on the fast-track to get you to Niger ASAP.  Of course, you can also contact me directly and I will put you in touch with the person with whom you need to communicate.  You can also contact our sister organization, Teach Bey…

Let Us Not Give Up Meeting Together

Hebrews 10:25 tells us, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Attending church is important to us.  It is where we are encouraged and fed and get our strength for the next week.

In Niger we were involved in a church-planting ministry which was difficult, rewarding, frustrating, blessed.....you name it, every emotion is involved in that kind of ministry.


In Niamey we were involved in a much larger international church. 
Because it's in French I struggle to understand much or to get very involved, but I still benefit from fellowshipping with Africans and Europeans from all over the francophone (and anglophone) world. 


In the USA, we are members of Trinity Covenant Church
in Manchester, CT.  This is my in-law's church and so I married into it, so to speak.  We know a lot of people there and many, many of the members support us.


The church I feel most at h…