Catching up, and transitions in our journey

Thank you for walking with me and my family as we served in Chad, Africa. You have kept up with our adventures through this, my Desert Voices blog.  Thank you for allowing me to vent my frustrations, share my joys, and dream of a better future for Africa.

The journey continues

unloading time on the journey

We are now based in Maine, but we haven’t finished the journey yet.  With permission, we travel back and forth between continents to continue to serve in the ministry of language development.

Last year around April 29th, I went back to Chad for a month and a week.  There, I got to visit the village where my camel lives, and caught up with friends.  I also became arrested; long story… but it turned out fine in the end.  Anyway, after finishing my visit out east, I returned to N’Djaména, ate Royal Chicken, and headed to Kenya for the first time.

One week later, two Boko Haram suicide bombers killed themselves at the Commissariat Central of N’Djaména. Their death was followed by other bombers, one at the Central Market, and others in a small village around Lake Chad.

Life has definitely changed in Chad, but our task, and our calling, has not.  We have a Message of Hope, and are not afraid to tell it.  More importantly, as difficult as life was for my Chadian family and friends under normal circumstances, this

terrible twist of terrorism has increased the level of anxiety and fear on the streets.  For the sake of our friends we left, please keep praying for Chad, and for the end of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Desert Voices has a new home!

Ever since my last post, I have become increasingly frustrated with how little I could do with a free WordPress site.rp_man-cave-iriba end of journey  I also have internet “real estate” here and there, and am feeling the need to bring it all together.  I would like to use it more efficiently, and make it more productive for your sake.  The land where we serve is dry, but there is water just under the surface, and there is a huge potential for a prosperous harvest.  We are willing to break up the fallow

ground, dig up the rocks, sow the seeds and pull the weeds.

So now, come and join me whenever you can at my new website:

All of my posts from the past have followed me there.  We packed them as tightly as we could and have brought them inside the new home. Right now, I’m reflecting on my experiences in Chad, and taking time to see how they all fit together. Perhaps friends like you, old and new, will be motivated to find a place of usefulness beyond their comfort zone.

For each of us, there is a place in this world, beyond the familiar, a place far away, and place we call “home”.  Perhaps people in that place truly need you, where you will be deeply appreciated for who you really are.  If so, we stand ready to help you make the transition to where you need to be.

Let’s continue this journey together

blazed journey

We are just starting out, again.  How is it possible for one family to start again so many times?

At this point in our journey, friends like you are still rare enough for us to stay in touch with you personally.  So, when you arrive at our new website home, please take the time to leave your name and e-mail address with us.  While I still can, I would like to get to know you better, those of you who have followed us over the years.

To give you a chance to make the transition over to our new website, I will probably keep this website open until June 30, 2016, so please make your way over to as soon as you can so that we can stay in touch from there.

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