Bless This Mess

MESS: a disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant state or condition (Merriam-Webster)

Today I ran across a picture of our house last October during the construction. It had rained for days. Mud was everywhere and it was a genuine MESS! It seemed like it was never going to be finished, and we were exhausted dealing with all the MESS of details that DID NOT seem to be working out in our favor! 

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Etosha Game Reserve

Top 10 Highlights of August Africa Trip

Duane and I just returned from a two week trip to South Africa and Namibia. Here’s a list of my TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS from our trip…



We usually don’t have the luxury of traveling together, so we’ve been very thankful for those opportunities this year. It is great to be able to minister as a team! This picture was taken in Namibia by a canyon close to the red dunes of Sossusvlei.




Duane spoke at the annual TCN Conference in Pretoria (at Hatfield Christian Church) along with great friends, Stuart Bell, Dave Smith and Jack Groblewski. It was a great time of encouragement for leaders, and I so enjoyed the worship and seeing my sweet friend, from England, Irene Bell.  It was also a great blessing to minister at Hatfield Christian Church South on the Sunday–in the rain! It’s time for RAIN for Pastor Louie & Natasha! Continue reading…


Huperwoman Conference Exceeding in Namibia

I had the honor of speaking at a National Women’s Conference in Windhoek, Namibia sponsored by TCNN at Christian Family Centre August 22-23. We drove through the beautiful city of Windhoek, passing meerkats along the way, (I kept saying,”Hi, Timon…Hi, Timon! I didn’t see Pumbaa in the city though. Yes, I love you, Lion King.) and my heart was so excited to meet these wonderful women. Pulling into the car park you could feel the women’s faithful anticipation. Many had traveled hundreds of kilometers from their farming communities around the country (some 7 hours!), and many joined in the fun never attending church or anything like this before. (Maybe the crazy Texan preacher was the luring bait!) Continue reading…