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To be or not to be

Being goal and task oriented is great for accomplishing projects and completing assignments. I am heading out for a 2 week trip to Africa to continue work on several projects and begin 2 new ones. The list of things to accomplish is long and I anticipate the days will be too long and the nights too short on the trip.  … Continue reading

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Making the Devil Tremble

As I was reading the news about Jos today I thought back to my visits and the beauty I have seen there. Jos has been known as a place of peace and tourism – but not today. Two bombs were detonated near central Jos on Sunday night. No one was killed in the attack, but more than 100 have lost … Continue reading

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Jos on Knife’s Edge

The bombing of the UN headquarters in Abuja on August 26, 2011 struck close to home for me. A good friend who works for UNICEF was in the building when the suicide bomber drove his car through 2 security barricades and into the first floor of the building before detonating the bomb. She escaped unharmed in what she described to … Continue reading

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A dog is a dog is a dog

DOG. What comes to mind when you hear that word? My wife and I love big dogs. The first 3 we had were Great Danes. And yes, they were inside dogs. Then we had a giant schnauzer – all 105 pounds of her. Most recently we adopted an American Bulldog named Zeus from a dog rescue organization. He is the … Continue reading

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Roadblocks and AK-47s

When I travel in the developing world outside of the major cities, there is something both discomfiting and reassuring about roadblocks. Sometimes it is hard to tell which it will be as you approach the checkpoint. When your driver is commanded to stop by a military officer with an AK-47, there are usually questions about why you are on that … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Beyond peace to its Prince

What Nigeria needs is beyond peace. They need the Prince of Peace. The Christmas Eve preparations in Jos Nigeria were shattered as 5 terrorists bombs exploded in predominantly Christian areas of the city. More bombs were set off on Christmas day with gangs of youth responding by burning houses in the Muslim areas of the city. At least 38 people … Continue reading

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Well – Ed Weaver and JR Whitby have been to Nigeria and back; Mark Overstreet and board member Bruce Lowe have been to Kenya and back.  The Nigeria trip was to wrap up some details relative to Phase I and to begin kicking off Phase II of continued evangelism and outreach in the northern states. Additional partners to expand the … Continue reading

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Moving Fast

June has been a month of busy-ness already.  Tim and Susie Brown have joined us from Scriptures in Use, and Mark Overstreet, PhD has joined us to head up pastor/leader training and provide leadership in strategy and development.  Already with us in an increasing capacity has been JR Whitby, former CEO of Gospel Communications, currently overseeing three programs and soon … Continue reading

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Kambari People of Nigeria Expecting Good Good News

The Kambari people of northwestern Nigeria are about as remote, suppressed and without hope as anyone on the planet. While those pictured here are “fully clad”, most object to wearing anything resembling outsiders – or anything at all. The most educated have attended some schooling (less than 3% literate) and five have begun to learn how to read. The elderly … Continue reading

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Uncle Jesus

Derek Eggers is at work with the Nigerian International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) HIV/AIDS Program Director, Bola Lawal. His name among the Nigerian students is now Uncle Jesus – for obvious reasons. He could easily be cast for the next Jesus epoch for the big screen, and the Nigerians love him. Derek’s work with Bola will evaluate the effectiveness … Continue reading

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