Resurrection Day in San Pedro Cholula.

In a culture where the name of Jesus is not unknown to anyone, the meaning of His death and life is strangely obscure. Which is why, in some ways, it is said that it is harder to bring others to the Gospel here than in a Muslim country. Why? Here, they are so close, yet so far away. So very far away. Here, Jesus stays on the cross. His suffering is still happening and the more one can share in that suffering the greater one can earn favor in heaven and heaven itself. Which is why, when working in many of the villages where the more “simple” dwell, there is little grumbling or complaining. They are conditioned to be content with their lot in life not out of gratitude, but more so out of the belief that if they suffer well and suffer much, divine favor will rest upon them.

The Business of Getting Visas.

Becoming a missionary in foreign soil has a way of making your roots looser—the tentacles to this world don’t attach so tenaciously. How can they when you find yourself in a place that is utterly unlike all of your cultural programing? Your anchor is no longer hooked between the rocks of familiarity, but in Who is there when all those rocks roll away — Jesus.

Back to School.

This is our first week back at schooling the boys in home-education style. It will be interesting. There’s never a dull moment around here especially with a month-old baby added to the mix. We are trying to remember what a normal full night of sleep was… So tired!

Unto Us a Child is Born!

We are proud to announce the birth, the gift of our wondrous daughter and sister, Kiersta Linnea “Anointed and Beautiful Follower of Christ” August 17, 2009   7.9 lbs. 19 inches long Kiersta was born after only 7 1/2 hours of labor and made her entrance in a dimly lit hospital room, with the new dawn spreading…

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We had two quiet celebrations this year on the 8th and 10th for our birthdays.  I am as old as Jesus, Ben is now older than Jesus and Lars is in his last year in the single digits.  What a year this has been for us all! Whew…

Still, All the Way He Leads.

We moved here over 2 1/2 years ago, forging our way through cold and snow shortly after Christmas to arrive in the land of the sun, the song “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” flowing out of our car speakers. We pulled our trailer directly into my sister Kim and her family’s driveway, greeted by the…

Still Waiting…

Benjamin and I, after a farewell dinner for my sister and family (they are moving to California tomorrow to take a new worship pastorate position) had a date night at the beach.  The glorious gulf coast beach.  If anyone ever doubts there is a God, behold these skies and waters.  They leave me speechless, the…

How We Get Ready for A Baby

First we put all our clothes in a pile in our closet and paint our dresser pink and green and get some fancy new hardware. Then we wash and fold a mound of frilly clothes while the boys turn up their noses and we note that our baby will be dressed to kill until she is about six…

Catching Up on the Summer

It has been quite awhile since I have had time to post this summer.  Here are some highlights: Overnighters with the Cousins   Father’s Day     Anders made granola, Daddy’s favorite, for Benjamin.  About a cup of it ended up on the floor… A singing Superman card handpicked by the boys.   And a…

An Oasis.

 Dad and Mom Blycker blessed us with their presence and generosity, watching the boys in Orlando while Benjamin and I were at the marriage conference.  Although it was pouring rain the whole time, we spent some good time with them.  The boys made gifts for them, especially for Dad’s 70th birthday (as you can see…

Six Months Pregnant: The Day of the Ultrasound!

It is our little family tradition when going in for the baby’s ultrasound, to have the technician write on a card (this one handmade by Lars) whether the baby is a boy or girl and seal it in an envelope.  We then go out for dinner and Benjamin opens it and announces the grand news. …

Another Weekend to Remember.

We just returned from a  weekend in Sebring, FL. where we were able to visit my aunt and uncle, the occasion being an invitation for me to speak at a SIM lecture  series.  It was an honor to speak on the emerging church to these older faithful saints, many of them who have served a…

Tropical Beauty.

We had the opportunity a bit back to take a weekend visit to Key Largo.  It is about a 3 hour drive from where we live and a pure delight to finally see a bit of the famed Keys!  We were surprised to find really no beaches as one thinks, but awed to see the…