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Want to join our favorite free writing exercise of the week? It’s easy and open to anyone at 5 minute friday. 1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Broken” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.
OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on::: Broken…Reading through Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers.... animals sacrificed daily, yearly.  
On the Day of Atonement, a goat was to be slaughtered as a sin offering. Another goat with the sins of the people symbolically placed on its head and taken outside the camp was to be let loose....a scapegoat.

You, my Saviour, agonizing alone in the garden as you faced what lay ahead....the sins of the world being put upon your head and then bei…

Continuing the Picture a Day Experiment

I had planned to do this post last Saturday, but it didn't happen.  I need to get this up before it's time to post this week's pictures!
March 18:  We've had a couple of teams/individuals who have started the work of restoring our two campuses from the flood damage.  While they were at it, they decided to replace/raise the roof on one of the buildings.  Here's part of the ceiling, coming down in a cloud of dust.

March 19:  Every Tuesday we have morning tea or coffee break....what you call it depends on what part of the world you are from!  It was my turn to bring the cake, so I made a spice cake with brown sugar frosting and Easter-colored sprinkles.

 March 20:  John was preparing to head off to England.  He'd had a stressful week and was taking some time to decompress by playing the piano.  I never tire of hearing him play.

March 21:  John's suitcase packed and waiting by the door.  He's off to England for his yearly required time on site for his doctoral …


OK, I realize it's Sunday already......

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back hereand invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks! OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on::: Remember…I've been reading through the Bible and am currently just finishing up Numbers.  It never ceases to amaze me the way the Israelites remembered Egypt.  They constantly complained about their current situation and remembered only the good things about their past situation.  They wanted to go back to the leeks and garlic, but they totally forgot they were essentially slaves there.


Pictures for the week

Monday, March 11....started the day bright and early with an orientation meeting for a newly arrived team.  Yes, the clean-up has begun on both Sahel and CBN campuses!  Check in to SIM Niger's Niamey Flood blog for periodic updates on progress.

Tuesday, March 12...this is the place where motorcycles are parked at the office.  Motorcycles are everywhere here!  Some of them drive pretty crazy, too!

Wednesday, March 13....our Bible study group.  They are all students and every week we have a slightly different group, but it is usually eight to nine who show up.  The guy in the back on the left has a real evangelist's heart and was the force behind getting it started.  John and Beki co-lead it.

Thursday, March 14...cookies, cookies, and more cookies.  Crystal has been managing the meals for the teams but I try to help her out occasionally.  This team brought cake mixes and chocolate chips, so I made cake-mix cookies for them.

Friday, March 15...more clean-up.  I'm afraid these cup…

This Week's Photos for 2013 in Pictures

Suzanne, my amazing daughter and the  author of the fabulous blog Darza Go Irkoy Gaa (check it out, you'll see it isn't just my biased opinion) is working on taking a photo a day.  I thought it was a great idea, too.  I've been posting my pictures on Facebook, but thought I'd also do a weekly blog post of my pictures for that week.  I'm enjoying this challenge as it is helping me improve my photography skills and look at the world in new and fresh ways.

I'm not going to go back and try to upload all my pictures that I've taken since January 1st, but here are the ones for this week:

Monday:  I think this is a marigold?  Maybe somebody can set me straight if I'm wrong!
Tuesday:  This is my favorite skillet.  It is cast iron, extremely heavy, and I got it second-hand in 1982.  It cooks things evenly and browns everything perfectly.
Wednesday:  These fire finches were on the wall of our terrace.  They are fairly tame.  As you can guess, the male is the red one …


Suzanne borrowed this blog idea from somebody else, so I thought I'd join in the fun and use these prompts for my blog. Why don't you copy and join in the fun, too?
A -- available or married?
Married for 26 years. And this week we went to our first ever marriage seminar.

B-- book?
I'm currently reading Les Miserables. I wish I could say I'm reading it in French, but I'm not!

C--cake or pie?
I don't care as long as it's chocolate.

D--drink of choice?
Coke or Youki Ananas or Youki Grenadine (only one a day. I stick to water the rest of the day)

E--essential item?
My phone. Yep, some days it rings incessantly. Some days I would like to lose it! :) Although if I could only grab one thing, it would be my computer or my camera.

F--favorite color?

G--game to watch or play?
I play a lot of Scrabble on my computer, but I'm not sure I'd say it's my favorite just fills in time while waiting for things to upload or download. I love Tripoley and D…

Making a Daily Quiet Time work for You

Many missionaries struggle with having a daily time alone with God. But we are busy, there are so many needs around us, just daily living takes so much more time, and we find find our time with God is being pushed aside.   That may surprise you, but we're really just like every other Christian, be they missionary or not.  Coming to the edge of the desert didn't suddenly make us more spiritual, though there are days that certainly drive us to our knees!
In our recent orientation for new missionaries, the lady who led one of the groups brought in three other people in addition to herself to share how they do their daily devotional time.  They all varied in their age, gender, marital status, and number of years on the field.  I felt like they each had something valuable to share and that everybody could gain from their experiences.  So here we are:
MISSIONARY #1:  Female, married, mother to adult and young adult children, in her 1st term here, works full time.  This person cannot s…