Thankful for freedom!!!!

I know, I know, it’s already the 10th, BUT we didn’t celebrate July 4th (which was a Thursday and a non-holiday here) until July 7th, and internet has been a challenge lately.  So, here I am, saying I am so very grateful for the freedom that the U.S. allows.  I am so very grateful for the freedom I have found in the Messiah, freedom that I continue to learn about and grow deeper into as I journey through life.  I’m rereading “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Manning right now with my email book group, and this week’s chapter hit me between the eyes.  Grace is FREE for the asking, and we are all sinners, each and every one of us, and we need the FREEDOM grace provides.  So why do we put on a show of being good, doing right things for the wrong reasons (being excited about doing ministry or taking a photo so I can put it in our blog…fasting during Ramadan with the underlying goal of dropping a few pounds, etc.)  so that people look at us and approve, as if we can prove ourselves worthy of grace which is already FREE.  We function within our churches, to quote C.S.Lewis, “in pious fellowship that permits no one to be a sinner.”  I so need to acknowledge my sin without comparison to “others” (ie more sinful, different).  There needs to be no “others”.  For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  Thank you Lord for FREE grace!

Here are a few pix from our July 4th celebration.  We did have a traditional BBQ, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and baked beans.

Timothy C. treated us to his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner with his nose flute - Awesome!

Timothy C. treated us to his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner with his nose flute – Awesome!

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Can you read what they wrote??? I can’t! (o; See the phantom legs?

BennyBob Turk now

BennyBob Turk now

BennyBob Turk in 2005

BennyBob Turk in 2005


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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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