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Talking About the Weather

  • February 27, 2014

It’s one of those things that we don’t dwell on when we want to have a profound conversation with someone. We say, “Let’s don’t sit around talking about the weather! There are more important things to  discuss!”  Yet it’s often such a point of interest, especially in its extremes, like the vast amounts of snow that have fallen in the USA this year,  while we here in Togo might wonder if we are going to roast during this hot season. (I’d rather be hot than cold!)

Often it’s after a big rainstorm that we are blessed to see an incredible sky. This was the case on one of the evenings in Botswana. It was rainy season when we were there, and after a cloudy day with intermittent rains, we were so blessed to watch this dramatic sunset!

I love how God’s Word speaks about the weather. We find passages about rain, storms, thunder and lightning, snow, hail, clouds, the sky . . .  And all of these attest to our Creator’s wondrous works. The heavens declare His glory! (Psalm 19:1)

Have a great day today. Stay tuned for more on the weather!
Sunset Botswana web

Books, Computers, Botswana

  • February 1, 2014

I appreciate those who have asked for updates on the prayer needs I have mentioned. I appreciate your interest and prayers so very much.

The French book for children is on the home stretch! I am so thankful for the Lord’s help and confirmation of this project. I will be doing final formatting and proofing over the next week, and then it should be off to the printers.

The computer situation has indeed been interesting! I knew it would be. Updating operating systems when so much has taken place in the computer world over the past few years was certainly bound to be a challenge. There are a few kinks yet to work out, but the Lord is giving wisdom and ideas, and I know He will continue to do so (James 1:5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 16:3). Thank you for caring and for praying! This technical stuff is good for my brain!

My shoulder is still frozen. I wonder how, with Southern Togo’s temperatures being 100 degrees in the shade? Seems like anything would melt! I continue to do my stretches and mild weight training. I don’t mind the heat, by the way–I’ve always said I’d rather be hot than cold.

I’ve recently been in Botswana, and I can’t begin to describe to you what an incredible adventure and blessing it was to see this country and its wildlife! My purpose was two-fold: to get a few days of vacation, and to try to get some publishable photos. Now, it’s true that I was recently on furlough, but most of you know that furlough, while it may include some vacation time, is not in itself a relaxing time. I also want you to know that when missionaries take a vacation, it is not paid for with support funds. Vacations are paid with personal funds, often after several years of saving. (I thought it would be good to explain that, in case anyone wondered.)

One of the things Sharon and I prayed for as we planned this trip was to be able to see baby animals. The Lord answered repeatedly! I’m attaching a composite of young wildlife here, and when I can get a good internet connection, I plan to post some images in the website gallery. Please thank the Lord with me for a wonderful time in Botswana (traveling through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe—amazing!).  I’m starting to put together some ideas for a new project with these photos. More about that later!

Please continue to pray for the current book project, for healing of my shoulder, and for the completion of computer setup. There’s much to pray for, even besides these specific needs. The Lord knows the details. Thank you for keeping us before Him.

Botswana Babies web