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August 1, 2017

“Anyone who cannot obey God's command to observe the Sabbath is a slave, even a self-imposed one. Your own heart, or our materialistic culture, or an exploitative organization, or all of the above, will be abusing you if you don't have the ability to be disciplined in...

June 30, 2017

We have been in Papua for two years now! It was pretty striking to be at the graduation ceremony last week at the theological college where Isaac teaches. Two years ago we were newly arrived and attending the ceremony was pretty stressful. We didn’t know anyone but eve...

December 1, 2016

It’s standard practice in Indonesia that people who have a house and children also have help running the house and watching the kiddos. Frequently this help is from extended family but if not, from a “Pembantu” (helper). Since Papua is an area that is socially in flux...

November 21, 2016

A few weeks ago I joined up with an instagram thing detailing a day in our life with photos. It was a random day, just whatever day the instagram-instigator had picked. I thought you non-instagramers might appreciate getting a sense of what life is like here. This is m...

June 2, 2016

 

Since we have been in the USA, many people have asked us how our kids have adjusted to life overseas. It's not a simple question to answer and it's something I've been thinking on a lot as I watch my kids interact with surprising ease within their first language and A...

April 16, 2016

 

On the last day before our flight out of the city toward America, my kids were both sleeping during the ladies Bible Study time, the last event I was hoping to go to to connect and say goodbye to our local community. I decided to let them sleep and internally gave up...

April 5, 2016

 

We leave in just days for a few months in the US to have this baby and go to my sister's wedding. Excitement is high at our place! It will be the first time we have come back to the US as adults, and we keep asking each other how we're feeling about it. It's an odd th...

July 20, 2015

 

For those not receiving a newsletter, a quick update is due. We finished language school and have arrived in Manokwari, Papua and are beginning our life here!

 

One of the strongest impressions that will remain in my mind from these first weeks will be the times that I...

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