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I woke up this morning thinking it’s got to be time to update the blog. One of the hardest things in the world is trying to keep the blog rolling when we’re in the middle of active service for Arise. Active service for us constitutes serving abroad for the most part, which is just about to happen. We’re headed for Kenya in just twelve short days to host the AIM Air Conference and it promises to be an exciting time indeed.

Someone recently asked me “How is it that you have found yourself back to working full-time in the US and trying to run a ministry that serves South East Asia from the other side of the world?” That’s a great question and in truth, a difficult one to answer.

The real answer is that we are “stuck.” We are absolutely “stuck” to the side of our three youngest sons and short of keeping God at the forefront of our thoughts, every single desire and want we have must come after we tend to our responsibilities at home for now. Our sons are immoveable. They’ve been dragged around the world, lived out of suitcases, trampled through the streets of third world countries, and now it’s time for stability at a very critical turning point in their lives.

Two of them are high school Seniors and clearly understand the complexities of entering adulthood. Their plans for college and their future change daily… sometimes hourly. They know in the back of their minds that we may not be here to stay in the future. That lends to even more pressure than usual.

Still, God is greater and we rest in that daily!

On another note, Josh was kind enough to just send in this prayer request and it’s worthy of our attention. Here’s the article below:


Nepal church collapse kills many

At least 23 people are reported to have died when a makeshift church dormitory collapsed in eastern Nepal. At least another 60 people were injured in the incident, in the town of Dharan, about 400km (240 miles) south-east of the capital, Kathmandu.

Police official Arjun Khadka told AP news agency that the victims had been staying in the building while they attended a Christian conference. Nepal’s home ministry said the bamboo structure had collapsed on top of them. Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said he was “deeply saddened” by the accident.


Building ‘overloaded’

Ministry spokesman Ekmani Nepal told AFP news agency that 23 people had been killed instantly and about 60 were injured. Some of the victims are believed to have been children. Police inspector Mohan Bikram Dahal told AFP the victims were on the ground floor of the temporary dormitory preparing to go to sleep when the collapse happened. He said the bamboo structure “could not withstand the weight of the people” inside. More than 1,500 people are thought to have been inside the building at the time. Many of the dead were women and children and at least one of the victims was from neighbouring India, police said.

PM ‘saddened’

The El-Shaddai Church, an international Christian organisation based in India, was holding its annual convention in Dharan. One of the organisers of the event, Devendra Limbu, told AFP most of the victims died from suffocation. “I reached the site within five minutes of the building collapsing. I could hear women trapped under the debris crying and pleading for help,” he said.

“We tried to pull the bamboo poles off them, but by the time we were able to reach them, 23 people had died.” Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said he was “deeply saddened” by the accident, which came as Hindu-majority Nepal celebrates the Dashain festival – the biggest religious ceremony of the year. “I express my heartfelt condolence to all those who were killed in the accident and wish a speedy recovery for all those injured,” he said in a statement.

Bystanders gather after the collapse of the temporary structure

Little was left of the makeshift structure after the collapse

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