Where Does our Vision Come From?

Why did we give up our good jobs to live on far less and move overseas? It was because we understood what those valuable servants of God working on the foreign field go through. Thirty years ago Patty and I went to Spain full of vision, energy, and excitement. Our team experienced personality conflicts, disunity, […]

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Rivendell Closed.

Thank God No One Bought us a Tractor! Sometimes being woken up can be rude. An alarm goes off in the middle of a fantastic dream or there is a loud noise that startles you awake, or you fall out of bed. Whenever you are roused from a cool dream, it can feel dissapointing, sudden, […]

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Dreams for Sale!

There is a scene in the musical, Oliver Twist. Oliver is looking from his balcony at merchants dancing around the street circle in front of his grandfather’s house: Knifegrinder Who will buy? Strawberry-Seller Who will buy? Milkmaid Who will buy? Rose-Seller Who will buy? Oliver Who will buy this wonderful morning? Such a sky you […]

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Days of Yore

I’m sitting here listening to Christmas music in a country where Christmas is not celebrated. Patty and I went out to buy some Christmas ornaments at a large wholesale store in town. There is a small section that has some lights and fake trees. It’s enough. We can go to a mall and hear Christmas […]

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Not Quite Perfect

Our new dining hall project is underway. It’s exciting to see the work, but it’s also a challenge to not judge the process from my western perspective.  I watched the workers built the mold for the concrete foundation wall. Not quite square. Close, though. I watched them pour the concrete for the floor. Not quite […]

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Always Learning

We began this week by finishing off two projects. We pulled out an old cemented-in bathtub that was in one of the upstairs bathrooms. We did it to check for what we thought was dampness or a leak under the tub. It was surrounded by bricks and tiles so the demolition involved big hammers (Oooo […]

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Dang Birds . . .

We do our garden work with a minimum of tools. Picks, shovels, hoes, and rakes mostly. harvesting is by hand, and fruit transported with wheelbarrows. We have an olive grove with over twenty-five trees (I’m counting in my head, but I think I’m close.) There are about ten orange trees, maybe 25 pomegranate trees, and […]

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When the Kids Come Over

We sometimes get a family visiting in our guesthouse. If possible, Patty and I like to take the children off the parent’s hands for a little while in order to give Mom and Dad a break, or a night out. It’s always fun particularly when they are little. They get to know us as “Aunt […]

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Can’t Just Go Get It

In Christian work, we can’t just go out and get everything we want. If it’s a big item we have to raise money for it. We mow most of our property with a weed whacker. We finally got a gas powered push mower this spring. It’s five acres of weeds and some grass. We dig […]

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Cooling Down

When we arrived here, we were impressed with what was already in place. But we noticed needs right away. We began dreaming of potential additions and improvements, but what a great platform to build from! There is another couple who work with us part time and live down the hill in town. Our team leaders […]

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