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keeping the zeros straight

Mark told me it was zero Fahrenheit this morning and, as usual, I had a moment’s confusion.  I’m so used to hearing that it’s zero Centigrade, which I mentally translate to 32F, and think, ‘Oh, that’s not that cold.’  Here, … Continue reading

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work and the image of God

Mark speaks in various venues here and in the U.S., and a topic you’ll hear him return to often is how we are made in the image of God. Yesterday I was invited (as one of the students at the seminary … Continue reading

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a little fun

Mark saw this holder for guest slippers (a giant slipper!) at a friend’s house and has wanted some ever since.  Now that we have a small group meeting regularly at our house, he decided it was time to have them at … Continue reading

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hermeneutics, glermeneutics

Ok, so I know there is no such word as glermeneutics, but that’s what my brain feels like as I finish the second of two 200+ page books on hermeneutics in two weeks’ time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m … Continue reading

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quite a contrast

A lot of people consider November 21st as the official starting point of all that has happened over the last two years, since that was the date that then-president Victor Yanukovich refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European … Continue reading

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knows them personally

Occasionally it’s good to share thoughts from other folks, so here are the thoughts of someone we know who lives and works in Beirut.  Her husband teaches at a seminary like Mark does, and she works with refugees on a … Continue reading

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warm fellowship

We are part of a team of people serving in our church’s ministry for those with disabilities. It is a great group of people and we feel privileged to serve alongside them.  Because we are such a diverse group, it … Continue reading

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Velika Dimerka

I had the opportunity to drive out to Velika Dimerka (we usually just say Dimerka) to visit with a friend in ministry there recently, and it was so nice.  I’ll admit that I do love the freedom of being able … Continue reading

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feeling stretched

It is amazing how the feeling of being stretched in too many different directions can sometimes make simple tasks seem too hard.  I hope Donna doesn’t mind me talking about this, but it just was too good of an example … Continue reading

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interesting read from another source

I wanted to post something else here today, but lacking the photo I want for it, I’ll postpone a while longer :-).  But I did read this blog post this morning (http://takingroute.net/2015/10/09/living-overseas-drained-extrovert/) and thought, ‘Yeah, that’s true for me, too.’  I’m … Continue reading

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some good classes – hearing from Mark

I just finished a series of classes and they were really enjoyable.  I always hope they were enjoyable for the students, but in any case, I have received some good feedback.  In the different classes I teach some are large, … Continue reading

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far more than vitamins

I took up a new practice a couple of years ago and have, in recent times, become a bit of an advocate on the topic.  I (Donna) had been periodically reading a blog and at one point, the writer there … Continue reading

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city life

We live next to a park.  A really nice park.  Because it’s such a nice park – lots of benches, lots of trees, a nice playground, plenty of long sidewalks – it is quite the magnet.  So we’re pretty used … Continue reading

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kind mercy

 Mark picked these up this morning – it’s official.  We are very thankful!  We have renewed temporary residence permits even though there should not have been time to process them before they expired.  Ordinarily the process takes a month to … Continue reading

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soon these won’t be necessary

If you want to make a foreigner here deflate before your very eyes, just say this one word:  “Documents.”  That one word conjures up a whole range of experiences, processes, memories of time spent in lines and offices related to … Continue reading

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