A large spoonful of Arabic

Here’s a taste of what life is like here in our world. Don’t know why we haven’t thought of this before. But here is a recording of sounds that have become very familiar to us.

For some context, there was an Egyptian guy who came to do some training last week for local leaders here. The training was on discipleship making movements. I was extremely encouraged to see many of my close friends receiving this training.

By the way, Egyptian Arabic is quite different than Tunisian Arabic. See if you can notice the difference 😁.

Teaching time:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ylxm9sps60lntkh/New%20Recording%207.m4a?dl=0

Worship time:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rmw0qd773ew0i5d/New%20Recording%209.m4a?dl=0

Prayer:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7szon198chy1g8b/New%20Recording%2010.m4a?dl=0

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“Tunisian Victory” on Netflix

Want a great date night or family flick? Last night the 4 of us watched a documentary produced from the 40’s after WWII.

It’s all about the North African Allied advancement. It’s great on explaining the importance of these battles in order to have won the war.

We highly recommend it.

In fact, Max loved it so much he came home from school and asked if he could watch it again because, in his words, “I didn’t understand everything so I want to watch it again.”

I love this kid. Camping at the US Memorial has made its lasting impression. I think he’s hooked!!

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You won’t believe this camping ⛺️ spot!!

It has been clear to a lot of us dad’s that we need to get our boys out of the house and out of the city a little bit and take them camping. So me and my buddy who works at the US Embassy organized a little camping expedition for dads and boys who were around the 5 to 10-year-old age.

As it turns out that US Memorial here which is the only US memorial from World War II is open to groups such as what we were wanting to organize. So group of 40 of us dads and kids spent Saturday night camping at the World War II Memorial in Carthage. It was an incredible time. Our boys got to lower the American flag. They got to make a huge bonfire. And spend time with their dad’s and getting dirty playing in the forest area.

It was truly truly one of the biggest wins a lot of the dads have had with our boys. And we chose to focus on John 15 the Vine and the branches. We all spoke with our boys about how together we could stay connected to the Vine. And then at the very end we were able to plant a tree to symbolize what we talked about and to be able to visit it time and time again.

And since it is officially US territory and we were mostly Americans they had guards on duty all night in the complex protecting us. Quite the camping venue.

Really it’s better to describe by the pictures below.

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We got our residency today (mostly)!!

Jenny and I are feeling the favor of the Lord in a huge way. You guys go to battle for us often. And we do our best to express our deep deep deep appreciation. And we also praise Him for answering those prayers.

He is transforming lives, which you guys pray for, He is binding up the broken, rescuing the lost, healing the sick, and it appears He even cares about our papers.

Check out the picture below (try not to be scared by my face). That’s a picture of our provisional residence card. The official cards we should receive in a about 2 months. We could still get denied our definitive cards, so we are not complete in the clear yet. But getting our provisional is still huge.

This means we can set up a local bank account, get a cell phone plan, travel in and out of the country hassle free, and we don’t have to leave every 4 months. And it gives us even more legit credibility.

We feel His favor. And we thank each of you!

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Our residency… we need your help.

Good morning everyone.

Thanks for those who informed me of the “fire in the hole” videos not displaying. Sorry about any letdowns or frustrations I caused. Just trying to keep things real and raw.

Please lift us up today and this week. Among the other things I’ve been doing this year, applying and preparing documents for our residency has been among them.

Every document is complete. All forms have been processed and approved. EXCEPT the actual residence card. RESIDENCY HAPPENS THIS WEEK.

We are asking for you to plead to the Father for favor on our behalf. Someone we know recently was denied residency. We have reason to believe it could be difficult for us.

Please pray for His favor!

Pray the right people are at the right desks at the right time. Our hope is that it happens this week.

We know you all pray. And we know God answers your prayers. We are living proof. Thank you to each of you.

His favor!!

Amen!

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Fire in the hole (video #2)

This guy they are pushing around actually went into the store next to the fire, while the fire was blazing. It was pretty crazy all around.

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Fire in the hole video

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Fire in the hole (in a building actually)

Just a few days ago, when I was working with my local partners doing follow up (as we do every Thursday all day) we encountered a surprise… a building caught on fire in the middle of downtown. It appeared to be an accidental electrical fire. My Egyptian partner said it was his barber’s shop.

It was quite the spectacle and I got to be at ground zero. Don’t tell Jenny or my parents 😉😂

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We gotta share a recent victory…

Hey friends/family.

I think this is going to have to be part one of a two part blog because I witnessed a huge victory in “the work” this weekend. But in addition I have seen some “personal spiritual victory” as well. I’ll write about that another day soon.

But the part one victory is this. It’s gonna sound like a small deal. But it’s a huge deal.

In short form one of the guys I have written about (let’s call him Trevor) over the past nearly two years has taken a huge step. I first met him during Ramadan two years ago. After a couple months of first meeting him he facebooked me to tell me he believes. We continued to meet but he has never been one to move fast or in a clear way into spiritual transformation. In fact, at times he has told me that doubt has dominated his experience.

About a year ago right now he asked me to back off a bit. He needed some space. So I respected that. A few months later we met. He seemed to still have small traction in his faith journey. Then this last summer he Facebooked me to say he has decided to remain in the faith, never to turn back again.

But his journey has continued to move at a difficult pace. I have brought several other people with me to know Trevor, but he has not come himself to meet us. He waits for us to come to him.

Recently I have encouraged him over and over to come to the large local gathering on Saturday. He has always hesitated. But finally last week he met me to come with me. However, right before we walked into the door he hesitated. Fear, concern, the unknown all began to overwhelm him.

He asked me, “can I just meet you and come next week?”

I told him I’m not the one to force him to do anything, so it must come down to a choice he makes. But I suggested if he doesn’t come this week he may never come.

As it turned out, yesterday, he came downtown on his own, met another new believer, and came to the large national gathering. It is huge. He has jumped into the local body of believers and has taken a huge step of faith. And even better, the other new believer he met lives close to him and they plan to keep meeting up together.

PTL. A huge answer to many of our prayers. Thanks to all of you for fighting alongside of us and on behalf of these new and not-yet believers.

May He continue to open up the floodgates!

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On Your Turf

As I (Jenny) write this I am sitting at Gate B12 in the Atlanta airport waiting to board my last flight to Dayton. It’s almost 3am back home so Stevie and the kids are fast asleep in their beds.

My grandpa went to heaven this past week. Although he was 93 and ready to be with Jesus and my grandma (who went to heaven six years before him), I still have a big ache in my heart and tears in my eyes as I write this.

I’m so thankful that I’m able to travel back to Ohio to be a part of grieving him and also celebrating his arrival to heaven. I know it will be a sweet time with my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, and I’m beyond blessed with the family that I have.

I just wanted to send a quick update to you all, please pray for our family right now, and pray for Stevie and the kids back home without me.

All our love to our many friends!

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