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This is Why We Are Here

This is Why We Are Here

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 2 comments

Today I saw the most beautiful little girl. She was wearing a simple purple dress. Worn, faded, but perfect. She was perfect. You could see it in her eyes. They sparkled with pleasure over the fact that she was going to the ship. I hardly noticed the hole where most of her nose should have been. How could I when she was too busy showing off for us? She was...

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Spring is Upon Us

Spring is Upon Us

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Blog, Personal Stories | 6 comments

For those of you farther north in the hemisphere, this might seem a little obvious. I’m not referring to the weather, however, and if I was I would be screaming “Help! Rainy season is upon us!” For those of you who have gotten a chance to talk with me in the last few years, you’ve probably realized that I’ve been in a bit of a...

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Film Festival Madness (AMIFF 2012)

Film Festival Madness (AMIFF 2012)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

We just had the 2012 Africa Mercy International Film Festival on board tonight, and it was a smash hit. It’s hard to miss when you’ve got everyone in the community making videos and/or simply rooting each other on. Josh Callow was my “co-chair” (as it has been put) in organizing the event. I can only best describe him as an...

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I’m Kind of Sore – Benin and Back

I’m Kind of Sore – Benin and Back

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Blog, Personal Stories | 4 comments

This weekend I traveled over 300 miles on my motorcycle. This might not sound like a huge distance if you’re using the interstate as your point of reference, but realize that it took us over 16 hours to cover that amount of distance. That’s over 16 hours to get from Spokane to Seattle. So there’s some context. The point of the trip was...

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Mercy Men of Movember – the followup

Mercy Men of Movember – the followup

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

I never got this posted in December as originally planned. We’ll blame sailing and movie theaters in Accra. But now it’s time for some followup on the beards. Some of the guys left without getting their final photos taken, others didn’t even make it to the end of the month without shaving. These are the few who did, along with some photos...

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Among my Many Blessings

Among my Many Blessings

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in Blog, Personal Stories | 1 comment

My parents definitely rank at the top of the many blessings God has given me. If you know them you’re aware of how amazing they are, and if you don’t know them… I pity you. What’s more, I have the rare privilege of having my dad visit me a few times a year in Africa as part of his job. He works with Mercy Ships training long-term...

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