IHORB: Look for one opening near you!

ihorbAs we enter into our 8th month of eating rice and beans, creativity enters in.  Perhaps we have come up with an idea for a new chain of restaurants: IHORB-- International House of Rice and Beans.  For pennies a plate, a whole menu can be created.  Here is a preview:


  1. Indian Rice and Beans: curry on R&B (rice and beans, not rhythm and blues)
  2. Texas Rice and Beans: barbecue sauce on R&B
  3. Southwest Rice and Beans: chipotle on R&B
  4. Lemon Pepper Rice and Beans: lemon pepper on R&B
  5. Huge Plate O' Rice and Beans: you guessed it...R&B, and lots of 'em (salt optional)
  6. Thai Rice and Beans: coconut milk with R&B.  Hmm...sounds good-- haven't tried that one yet!
  7. Italian Rice & Beans: parmesan cheese with beans on rice (or add pasta for a real flair)
  8. Sudanese Sushi: rice, beans, and cabbage wrapped in seaweed (it's actually quite good)
  9. Balsamic Blast: balsamic vinegar on R&B (imported, so must be used sparingly)
  10. Dessert: bananas, pineapple, or mango

We are thankful to enjoy such spices (sent by friends and family) to add some variety to our daily fare!  Yes, we have actually had all of these varieties (well, not the Thai option, but the ingredients are available!).  Please send in your menu ideas and we may even name a dish after you (such as the "Hungry Man" or the "Proctor Special")!

We are challenged that here in South Sudan, eating is for the purpose of filling one's stomach in order to make it through the day's work-- it is not an activity meant for pleasure or diversion.  The Western diet is ingrained in us, and we are convicted by Paul's words to the Philippians about those whose "god is their stomach" (Phil 3:18-19).  How unlike Christ we are that a lack of variety in our diet is an issue for us!

Thankfully, the power to become like Him doesn't come from us but from Him.  "But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body" (Phil 3:20-21).  So, pray with us that "if we have food and clothes, we will be content with that" (1 Tim 6:8).


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You know your children are growing up on the mission field when...

  • Your son is used a discipline tool for an African orphan (as in "you may not play with Logan for one week!")...
  • Your daughter exclaims "This is like a skate park!" as she rides her bike up and down the 3 foot deep potholes in the road leading to your house...
  • Your son's favorite activity is going to the airstrip to see the various planes that come in...
  • Your daughters enquire about job openings (for them) at the hospital you are opening...
  • Your daughter's bunny hutch is made of mahogany & teak with a thatch roof...
  • Your children are familiar with currency exchange rates and at various times have three different countries' currency in their wallets...
  • They are not disturbed by the 92 degree temperature inside the house during dinner...

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Signs along the way...

As we traveled through South Sudan and Uganda last month, we saw the following signs:

"Mummy Care Infant School" (a tad bit smothering in their mothering, perhaps... or, a promise to preserve your baby while you're away at work?)

"SLAP: Support for Least Advantaged Persons" (with support like that, who needs enemies?)

"Mo Gas" and "Mo Petrol" (as in "we need to get some more gas"...made us think of our friend Rodney in Colorado!)

Sadly, we also see signs of subtle, but steady, deviation from the truths taught in Scripture.  Increasing separation of families, loosening of morals, and more concern with common sense (that is, accept foreign aid even if it promotes non-Biblical values) than the omniscience of God.  The plans of Satan are not new, and we "are not unaware of his schemes" (2 Cor 2:11).  Pray that as we live amongst the children and youth here at Harvesters, we will be faithful to do and say what Jesus shows us, so that these future leaders may "continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." (Col 2:6-7)

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Errands with a Tall Man

Today we went "public," posting flyers announcing the job opening of laboratory tech for the new clinic and hospital.  I was accompanied to town by one of the pastors from Harvesters, who is from the Dinka tribe.  As you may know, they are the tallest people group in the world (Manut Bol, NBA star, was also Dinka).  The pastor, self-described as "short," stands a little over 6 feet tall.

He was very helpful, as he could post the flyers well above the other postings on the wall.  Later, we went to meet a Sudanese doctor (from another tribe) whom I had never met.  The pastor said "he's a short man."  I should have learned to consider my source, as a large (nearly six feet as well) African man walked up and introduced himself as the doctor I was to meet!  I can only guess how he would describe those who are truly "height-challenged"...  Our meeting went very well, and I was privileged to have his company as I became acquainted with another doc seeking to better the health of the South Sudanese people.

We are trusting Jesus to bring the right personnel to staff His House of Hope - Bet Eman.  Please pray for protection as we take another tangible step in establishing this hospital-- it has been our experience that as we advance on behalf of the kingdom of God, the enemy reacts.

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November happenings...

Our new life continues here in South Sudan!  The hospital construction continues, Jeff sees patients in the clinic (such as cutting a worm out of a man's forehead!), we learn Juba-Arabic, build relationships, worship alongside the people here, figure out life amongst an orphanage, do school, deal with illness (nothing too major thankfully) in our family, plan how to run the hospital, prepare to hire staff, and try to understand what the Lord is teaching us... just to name some of what occupies our days!

We recently had a visit from an Australian doctor and his family, who are thinking of returning next year to partner with us in the work.  Our children got along wonderfully, and we are praying that the Lord will bring them back to South Sudan!

As we live in community here, we are challenged to "with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" (Phil 2:3).  Thank you for praying with us!

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Share the gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen His Church through medical care and education, discipleship, and loving the people of South Sudan as a family.

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