Step by step, the Robin Builds Her Nest

A European Robin building her nest

A European Robin building her nestOur life of travel and adventure in Christian ministry isn’t as glamorous as it seems.  For each breakthrough in ministry to take place, we have to spend at least a thousand days taking at least one step forward toward our dream.

Here is how to be successful accomplishing what God gave you to do with your life: spend an hour a day working on it.

To become the best soccer or basketball player on your team: Each day throughout the year, dribble the ball around the field as fast and as skillfully as you can, 10 laps each day.  Time yourself, and try to beat your best score.

To publish your book, write 1,000 words each day until it is complete.  Then spend an hour each day cleaning it up.

Accomplishing God’s plans for my life has taken a LOT of obedience, day by day!  As a result, I’ve had to be sure that what I was doing is truly a passion from God.  Some of the things I started doing fell by the wayside as my focus became clearer and clearer.

Then, once I had my sights on a God-given dream, I was able to persevere to pay the price to hold it in our hands.

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Waiting patiently, but waiting in vain

How to make our moments of waiting more profitable and exciting

Waiting outside the Sultan's palace, but waiting in vain

“Wait patiently” doesn’t mean the same thing in Africa as it does in the United States.  In America, we might decide to come back later if the line has seven people waiting in it.  We might call back if the waiting time is longer than ten minutes.  Even 5 minutes microwave cooking time can seem like too long to wait!

Waiting in line to go to a concert in Germany

And yet, when we wait in line in America, we hope that our patience is rewarded in the end.  One of the features of life in the Third World, or where a disaster strikes, is that our patience isn’t always rewarded as we would hope.

How can we learn to make the most of the times we spend waiting for something, even if it ends up being waiting in vain?

Back in September 2010, our family needed to find a place to live in eastern Chad.  We had just arrived back in Chad and were living in the capital city of N’Djaména, 14+ hours west of Abéché.  A friend in the capital promised that we could rent his home in Abéché.

To start moving in, all I needed to do was to pick up the key from the Sultan, his brother.

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How to Travel Off-Road in Africa – Without a Vehicle of Your Own

Getting There Is Half The Fun!

off road travel

Chad, January 2014: When we travel off-road in Africa, we mostly focus on reaching the end of the road. The journey to get there is the price we pay to enjoy what awaits at the end of the road.

It was not always like this. From the stagecoach to the train, to the bus and the car, from the hot air balloon to the airplane. With each improvement, we arrived at our destination, but we forgot to enjoy the journey.

Especially in Africa, a journey can be fairly unpredictable while I’m traveling in moibbk.com twilaTwila, our Speed The Light vehicle. Last week, as we returned to Abéché from N’Djaména, we had a major flat tire that destroyed one of our two spare tires.

We cannot easily replace it just yet.  So, when a journey to help a refugee friend became necessary, I decided to depend on the public transportation system of Chad to get me there.

Because they can never assure connections at each step, a trip off-road in Africa is often as interesting as the destination.

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7 worldwide ministries who are truly helping refugee children

What you can do to help

children

Do you have children of your own? Remember what it was like when you were their age?  Children playingWhat is your favorite childhood memory?  Maybe it was playing in a treehouse in the backyard.  Was is playing at the park near your home with your best friend, or under the sprinkler on a hot summer day?  Perhaps it’s time spent around the dining room table with your family?

As pleasant as those memories are, being a kid isn’t always that easy.  Most of us have painful stories of growing up as children.  We may have been bullied in school, or mistreated, or neglected, or forgotten.

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Keeping our Promise: A Bible Storybook for Francophone Africa

What's on YOUR desk?

101 Stories of the Bible

Here at Desert Springs Ministries, there are a lot of projects on the table requiring our attention.  Each of them represent a promise.

101 Stories of the BibleThose of you who signed up to receive our prayer letter know about the ministry projects we’re involved in.  In order to get some time in each week to continue language work, we focus on them at the beginning of the week.  On those days, we pretty much block out everything else and focus on it as we should.  After all, these projects are the reason for our ministry’s existence, and deserve our very best effort.

For the next few weeks, our top priority project is to finish translating “101 Favorite Stories from the Bible” from English into French.  Written by Ura Miller, this hardback booklet is now among the Top Ten Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Biblical Studies on Amazon.  It has the key Bible stories from Adam and Eve all the way to (spoiler alert! 😀) the Resurrection of Christ.  

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