More about God’s protection

I met a Kenyan man a few days ago whose life illustrates the point I was making in Camping with Hippos. His Christian name is Joshua and when he was in 3rd grade he was nearly eaten by a lion. He was shepherding some goats with some family members, spending the night sleeping in the middle of the herd. In the middle of one night a lion jumped the hedge and grabbed him around the waist (with its mouth, if that wasn’t obvious) and dragged him into the forest. His life probably would have ended there if it wasn’t for his dog, which chased the lion into the woods and kept barking until the lion briefly released the boy to get a better grip. During that brief second the dog placed himself between the lion and the boy and kept barking so the other shepherds could find the gravely injured boy. He was taken back to the village immediately and driven to a hospital. For the next 2 months his parents had thought he had died (there are no phones or easy/quick ways to pass information beyond the immediate village). The amazing part of this story is what this man is doing now. He is one of 3 translators working in Korr to translate the Bible into the Rendille language… they’ve already completed about half of the New Testament (the book of Mark took 2 years alone!). God had a plan for Joshua, and not even a lion attack could thwart that plan. What an awesome God we serve,...

lost and found in Sudan

It’s hard to comprehend what kind of things we’ll be seeing and doing in Africa, but if you’re interested, here is an excellent idea, a day-in-the-life of one of our Media teammates. Panther Bior tugged at my elbow. “How many more miles?” he asked. I looked at the GPS, turned back toward him and shouted above the roar of the airplane engine, “Fifteen.” “Fifteen,” he said and paused thoughtfully, “that is good.” He looked down out the passenger window, transfixed on the barren, tortured terrain of Southern Sudan, and recognized it. Driven from this place as a child some twenty years ago, he never thought he would lay eyes on it again. But Panther’s story in interlaced in the bigger picture of a sovereign God. He is somewhat like the Biblical Joseph, lost and left for dead, yet one who God did not forget. And like Joseph, he would have a day of revelation, when it would all come around full circle and there would be tears, and God’s hand would be seen and understood. As the airplane descended, and his home finally came into view, he hoped today would be that day. Home is a concept difficult for Panther to frame. He is one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys” – children separated from their parents or orphaned in the onslaught of Sudan’s civil war. These children fled their villages in small groups and eventually converged into an exodus of thousands. They ran for more than a decade, grew up in the bush as refugees, and were witness and victim to every kind of horror imaginable. Their story is both...

Andy Peterson hooks us up

I got together with my friend Andy Peterson (professional photographer: www.studio563.com) a month or so ago, to tell him about our missions plans, and particularly thoughts about doing media on the mission field. I wanted to ask him about resources for photography/videography, where I might find some used equipment or some training. He said he’d get back to me. He did, last week, when he called and said he’s sending me one of his old cameras, a Nikon D1H. Wow. I’m totally blown away by this donation. What a great friend, and what a great camera. He also offered to take me out on a shoot the next time he’s in town. This guy...

Andy Peterson hooks us up

I got together with my friend Andy Peterson (professional photographer: www.studio563.com) a month or so ago, to tell him about our missions plans, and particularly thoughts about doing media on the mission field. I wanted to ask him about resources for photography/videography, where I might find some used equipment or some training. He said he’d get back to me. He did, last week, when he called and said he’s sending me one of his old cameras, a Nikon D1H. Wow. I’m totally blown away by this donation. What a great friend, and what a great camera. He also offered to take me out on a shoot the next time he’s in town. This guy...
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