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We spent Saturday night at Whitewater State Park in Altura, MN. This destination had been recommended to us on various occasions and we’d been hoping to get there for the past two to three years. Many thanks to Micah & Christine who reserved a site for the night. Unfortunately, they were unable to make it […]

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Recent Travels of Summer '14

We’ve been traveling of late. In July I joined a crew from Bethel in visiting the community of Cat Lake, Ontario. (which reminds me that I need to request an edit on my passport) Oddly enough, it was the first time I left the country since having returned from New Dawn’s visit to Hong Kong during the […]

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Compassion International

Releasing children from poverty, in Jesus’ name! Adrienne and I have talked from time to time about sponsoring a child with Compassion International. We’ve held off doing so for a while now, knowing that we wanted Aelah to be at an age where she could be more invested in the relationship. I think it also got pushed […]

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Easter Day

Life! This day reminds us that we Christians ought to live as resurrection people, for we have a God that raises people from the dead! He is victorious. He is risen. We had a wonderful day at Bethel and a blessed time of fellowship with Grammy Cheryl, Michael, Christa, and the Waits. Here’s a few […]

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In the Church

Prepping for Good Friday service this evening, we were to give Aelah a bath. If you haven’t heard, she’s begun talking (still with much babbling). So, in talking of church and baths, she asked, “Bubbles in the church?” When she caught us laughing, she kept on, “Bubbles in the church?” Then later “Jamas in the […]

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The Light Breaking Through

I took a walk late this afternoon and decided to check the backside of the coach house. We recently had a partial collapse of a wall shared by the Prayer League and our neighboring organization. It calls for quite a restoration. Only after taking this photo did I notice the light breaking through. Pray that […]

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Remembering Baptism

There is a wonder in every way of God. We remember His work wrought in the water two years ago today. It is Aelah’s baptism birthday today. Baptism is one of several, beautiful, God-ordained mysteries that has always tripped me up a bit. Mysteries are like that. This beautiful, simple splashing of water and this […]

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One Contemplative Moment

Once upon a rare moment, you are ushered into a place where reality is inescapable. This morning, for but a few minutes, I (and others) had opportunity to video chat with the Doyle family (Dieter, Angi, Jarryd, Ashley, Judah) and the team they are guiding into an experience of disciple-making mission from their home of […]

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Honing Skills

As you can see from the image and the video, Aelah has been busy honing her skills and exercising both sides of her brain. This morning she was reconstructing the layout of our dining room. Whether she had the mind toward interior design or architectural drafting is yet to be determined. And last night, as […]

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Retreat & Focus

These past two weekends, we have had opportunity for fellowship with folks within the Prayer League community. Both weekends saw us at camps. Last weekend, we traveled to Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa for the annual Okoboji mission event and heard stories from our fellow workers serving throughout the world. It was a generationally […]

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3 Stitches

Aelah had a run in with her bed frame today as rest time began. She’s in great spirits and did very well throughout the procedure. She cried briefly when she was hurt and then cried no more except as we had to leave the hospital. And, with all the crazy cold we’ve had, I think […]

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Christmas 2013

The Minnesota Vanderclan took a quick trip to Indiana this past week. Long trip down, long trip back, and much joy had in the meantime! We opted for a somewhat lighter schedule of events than we have had in past years and are healthier for it. So thankful for the many folks we were able […]

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