African Explorer & Wordsmith

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Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McIntyre Marilyn Chandler McIntyre engages readers to value written and spoken words for their influence on culture, relationships, work and entertainment. In a day when a carefully turned phrase has been replaced with a clarifying emoji, McIntyre challenges readers to once again embrace thoughtful…
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God and I in Africa

Supernatural grace oozes through my life when I travel to East Africa. It is so invasive I often wonder if God has provided this grace for my benefit, or, in His infinite mercy, for the benefit of those I meet and serve. In spite of, or perhaps because of, my many faults and struggles, God…
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The Exclamation Point

A recent writing assignment led me to this scripture. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”     II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) I noticed something about this well-known verse that I had never noticed before.  It ends with an exclamation point.  Knowing that the original scripture…
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A Woman Just Like Me

While Mary and I were sharing Bible stories in the village this past year, one woman said to me, “I am just like that woman in the story.” I had just shared the story of Elisha and the widow with the jars of oil from 2 Kings 4. There are many widows in the area…
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For Those Who Have Feet

A woman in the leper colony told us of their need for healthcare. The nearest hospital is far away and “is only accessible for those who have feet.” She also shared a desire for a “proper church”—they currently use a renovated barn. It wasn’t that they thought we could do anything about their needs directly,…
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