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The Place We Call Home

One of the most dreaded questions missionaries and tck's (third culture kids) face is, "Where are you from?"  Ummmm, is "I don't know" a legitimate answer?  Do you mean "Where am I most comfortable?"  "What country is my passport from?"  "Where have I spent most time?"  

Whatever you mean, every time we have come on home assignment since 1990, we have lived in North East Pennsylvania, near Scranton, at a place called Missionary Retreat Fellowship.  This is a gorgeous, restful place where missionaries can come for their home assignment (aka furlough).  The houses are completely furnished and include dishes, pans, linens, etc.  The houses are nestled in the woods.  Wildlife can be seen out our windows.  Every season is gorgeous in its own way.

Here is what our driveway looks like in the four seasons:





Our house in the four seasons (there are three apartments in this building, ours is on the right …
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The International Day of the African Child

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For example, take my friend, A, the girl in the blue. Her family lives in a grass hut and are the poorest people I know. They literally don't know where their next meal will come from.

Only one of her five older siblings went to school. Neither of her parents went to school.

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The house passed on to my great uncle and then to my cousins before it burnt down sometime in the 1990's.  I remember visiting there more than once, looking in awe at this massive structure, literally in the backyard.  The uncles would tell us that the engineer could look in the upper story bathroom window as he went by and I fully believed it!  

The story is told that my dad's cousin, who was visiting from out of state, was told, "Somebody is coming to paint the bridge today."  She burst into tears and exclaimed, "But I like it just the way it …

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With all of our rushing around in May, I didn't get much reading done!  I did read three books, but one was essentially a picture book.  LOL.

First up, Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. Brandon Stanton set off to do a survey of New York City and its inhabitants ... through photography. He's done a remarkable job capturing emotion, the moment, and idiosyncrasies. But more than that, he captures the individual's story. New York has all sorts of people and some of the pictures may make you uncomfortable. But his job isn't to judge any of the people, but simply to document in an honest way. As a wannabe photographer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I'll have to admit there wasn't much reading involved, just enjoying photos.

I started another book and got a few chapters in and decided it wasn't worth reading. It was just kind of raunchy and took my mind where it didn't need to go. So, a few days wasted on that one....

Next up was Screams in the D…

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I was going to call this Meandering Through May, but it didn't feel much like meandering!  It seems like the month just flew by! Madly Hurtling through May would be more like it. 

We started the month by speaking at 1st Baptist Church in Susquehanna, PA.  I shared with the ladies on Saturday night during the Mother-Daughter banquet, then we did Sunday School and the morning service the next day.  

While we were in the area, we went over to the neighboring town of Lanesboro and took some pictures at the Starucca Viaduct.  I plan to do a more in-depth blog about that.  So keep an eye out for that!

The next day was my birthday which we celebrated by going to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch.

We spent a full week in Connecticut.  We stayed with John's brother and sister-in-law in their lovely home, attended services at our home church, Trinity Covenant Church, two Sundays and shared there once, participated in a lovely brunch with many who are on our prayer and support team, a…

You Are My Beloved, Part III -- A New Name

You Are My Beloved, Part III -- A New Name
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