Before

The “before” questions inevitably go back to our own ancestors.  For most of us, the recorded history is undiscoverable back to the beginning. We are just trying to find the path as far back as possible before it fades into obscurity. My name is at the bottom of what is… Continue reading

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Father of the Fatherless

Like most observing nights, the teenagers came to visit. The hole in the tropical sky held long enough for a window to Saturn and Mars. Three boys and a couple girls grew to a dozen or so. A staff member sent her daughter. The old 8 inch telescope shows wear… Continue reading

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Sky Wonders and Ground Truth

So, I asked, “Come see Saturn’s rings!” Although clouds were overhead, we quietly set up an 8 inch telescope. Clear tropical skies are hard to find in the Philippines, but the day had been drier than the last few, so we were hopeful. Mars was bright orange an hour after… Continue reading

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25 hours at a Mission Station

It was an evening prayer meeting. The garden director led a sharing to 60 staff and children. A staff member led the singing. Another one had a guitar. Most of the 40 children (or so) are orphans. We joined them to worship, listen to a brief sharing, and pray. Faylene… Continue reading

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