God’s Green Thumb


I arrived home to this – spectacular gardens on our property.  While we were away, Tony and Nelson (two of our team members caring for our home) went crazy on growing produce!  End result:  Besides the gardens providing food for their own families and other team members, profits from the sale went to buying bibles; feeding the poor; and blessing those at the local hospital who have to provide food for their sick loved ones.

This is just part of the garden!
Nelson and Tony about to give away produce at the hospital



This is a dream come true.  I had talked about the vision for our Mozambican team to start projects, specifically gardens, for the goal of them becoming less dependent upon us and western funds, and more independent.  This is vital to the health of any indigenous work.  Those that depend solely on western funds will suffer and most likely fail when those funds cease.  We helped in as much as it takes to get things started by purchasing the seed, etc., but the ongoing work it takes is up to them.

Just today we began the process of purchasing a couple of large lots down by the river for a huge garden.  Thanks to our supporters we were able to make this purchase and already the team is excited to make it happen.  From the proceeds of the produce they will adequately supply the needs of many, including those of the ongoing village outreaches.  We are now in almost 30 villages in just 6 months!  Dozens of people are gathering in four districts to hear stories about God in the Bible. Many are turning to faith in Christ.

Nelson giving produce to hungry families at the hospital

In addition to the newly purchased garden, Tony and I will be visiting a place to the north where we have been given the opportunity to grow rice – a lot of rice.  I mean huge quantities which we can use for the ministry!  Seems God has a green thumb and is making a way for us to expand the ministry, meet the needs of the poor, supply the team with food, and reach more people for Jesus!  Go God!

Furlough: fur·lough ˈfərlō/

As you all know Katherine and I recently returned from furlough to Moz.  Now for those who don’t understand what “furlough” means…

“a period of time when a soldier is allowed to leave the place where he or she is stationed”

It’s not a vacation but could include one.  Mostly for missionaries (soldiers of the cross) it is a very busy time catching up with family and friends.

Our ‘furlough’ began in Southern California.  Our daughter Aimee and her husband Chris hosted us for the first 6 weeks.  It turned out to be a great opportunity for me to get much writing done working on a leadership devotional and material for our disciples in Mozambique.  After three years away on the mission field, it also was a much needed time of rest.

Thank you to all who met with us, put us up in their homes, spent time with us and fed us!  Thank you Chris & Aimee along with our grand dog Halston; PJ & Robert; Anton & Ina; Jim & Linda; Sharon & Doug;  Jeff & Sheryl; Gil & Lisa; Elise & James along with Timber, our second grand dog; Joe & MaryAnn who provided the greatest gift – our first grand daughter Cora Rae who now supersedes our other grand dog Zelda; Kraig & Leila and fam; Kurt & Laura and fam; Mom and the daily morning coffee time, Kim;  Jenine & Kirk, Andy, Mike and Phil; Dr. Shawn Kazemzadeh of Comfort Dentistry; Connie & Mike and homegroup; Rod & Diana of Lewiston, CA; Jerry & Amy, Jesse and Pastor Abner & Mo of Haden Island Community Church; Pastor Jeremiah & Kim along with Mission Commission and the church leadership team at Calvary Baptist Church, The Dalles, Oregon; Don & Carolyn; Karen & Dave; Aunt Dee and Bubna family, Lisa, Cindy, Peter and Brian – great to be together again!

The balance of our time was spent in Portland, Oregon with our kids and family.  What joy to spend time with each – talking, praying, eating, having fun together. We got to be at the hospital when Cora Rae was born.  I had opportunity to speak in one conference, on a KPDQ radio broadcast with Leslie Nelson, and in four churches (1 in CA and 3 in OR), each one special in our hearts.

Grandma Katherine got to decorate Cora’s room and we both had the privilege of helping James and Elise with their business as it had a great growth spurt while we were there.  Nineteen27 gourmet smores are incredible and becoming renown in Portland and beyond.

Those are just the brief highlights.  There was much more God did in and through our lives.  We were so very blessed in so many ways.  Thank you each one who made our furlough a memorable one!


Thank you

Our thanks to Pastor Rod Page and the team at Lewiston Community Church for making this web site possible!  We love you guys.  All of you will benefit from this new (for us) communiqué (I think that’s French for website).

Our new site will include our newsletter which many of you loved to receive via email.  Now lets all be good boys and girls and make the effort to enjoy the website as I will no longer be sending out our newsletter via email. lol

Also included in the web site will be videos, lots more photos than any email could contain, and incredible testimonies of how Muslim people, and others are coming to Christ.  Stay tuned!