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Rise and Build!

In the end of 2018 is was becoming painfully obvious that we were no longer fitting into our rented location for the church. Add to that the fact that the neighbors started raising pigs, and the local Chinese started hauling in loads of…

Centipedes and piglets, how was your sunday?

So yesterday after having a giant stinging centipede crawl up my shirt ( thankfully the outside) during the song service I thought that was to be my Madagascar excitement for the day… wrong. While preaching in the evening service at my house (…

Birth days

Births are so special to me.  I love the first breath and lusty newborn cry, the puffy eyes that struggle to adjust to the light, the instincts that come so naturally and I love that new baby smell.  I love the bonding that…

Land: a life skills learning center? a farm? a clinic?

This post is really late as it was supposed to go along with our latest prayer letter for October!  For a few years now we have been praying for land for housing and our NGO.  Everything we saw was either too small, too…

Highlights from Resurrection week

Those of you who heard Bobby speak during our last furlough may remember the Easter story.  Our week leading up to Easter Sunday was busy with taking care of four active kiddos.  Then the Jertberg’s truck broke down several hours out of town…

Time out!

Three years ago, we were chomping at the bit. After ten combined years of college, two years of job training and four years of deputation, we were eager to be on our mission field. We knew the task was huge and the opponent…

To keep or not to keep

If you are an organizer like me, you probably enjoy the show “Clean Sweep.”  Three piles – throw away, sell away and keep.  I mean what’s not to like? You get rid of junk, earn some cash and are left with what is…

Slogging it out

” So basically, what you do every day for work is what people pay to do in the states” said my new friend as we bounced and slid through the mud on the way to a village outreach. It’s true there are a…

But I liked that pot!

This post is about a process, not a lesson learned and checked off the list.    The call of Jesus is to follow Him. Sure, sometimes that means  Sunday School and Sermons, village outreaches, health clinics that help hundreds of people or disaster…

“Say what?”

The Malagasy love speeches ( and not just at funerals)!  They give speeches at weddings, birthdays, births, new years and any other opportunity in between.  The more flowery the speech the better.  They enjoy using proverbs or sayings in their speeches.  If as…