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Returning to the Harvest »

“When you are not the parent, you love the sound of a baby crying. When you are the parent, it is hard to see that having a crying baby is a blessing from God”. This is the wisdom I received from a Ugandan friend, after I apologized for how much my children had cried through […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 15, 2016 @ 5:32 pm | 3 Comments
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Four Years! »

Thank you all for your prayers and care over the years! We can hardly believe that we’ve been serving in Karamoja for four years. Much has happened in that time. To mention a few, we’ve had two children, Christopher has changed hats two or three times, my financial responsibilities have increased, two missionary families have […]
Posted by: Chloe on August 2, 2016 @ 9:39 pm | 1 Comment
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The Church Responds »

In my last blog, I wrote about a family of three generations of women. They’re kind, faithful, gracious and entirely destitute. They’ve lived in a state of hunger for who knows how long. The extremity of their situation was recently brought to light by a case of malaria that brought the eight-year old to tears […]
Posted by: Chloe on July 30, 2016 @ 9:37 pm | No Comments
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Three Souls »

They were singing so softly I couldn’t discern the words. The sound seeped into the late morning, the fields around us and now abides sweetly in the memory. Carmel peered back at me over the shoulders of Loupe Vicky who insisted on carrying the obviously tired toddler back from the village. What had begun as […]
Posted by: Chloe on July 9, 2016 @ 11:30 am | 2 Comments
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Another Everyday Miracle »

Zion Astraea Verdick was born April 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm (EAT) weighing 7.5 lbs. Before becoming a mother I used to scoff slightly at the phrase “everyday miracle” when referring to having children. I was not the little girl who dreamed about growing up, getting married and having kids. I wanted to travel and […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 12, 2016 @ 2:53 pm | 1 Comment
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Barf Well, A Blessing »

Monday we left Karamoja. Monday, I was 39 weeks along. Monday, we had one of the first muddy, go-off-roading-around-stuck-trucks drive of the year thus far. Despite the excitement, I did not go into labor and we are now installed in a small home in Kampala. Until now, the waiting for baby has been a background […]
Posted by: Chloe on April 20, 2016 @ 4:10 pm | 4 Comments
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Burdens Borne »

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather […]
Posted by: Chloe on March 1, 2016 @ 10:02 pm | 2 Comments
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Whirlwind Week »

Monday’s dawn found our family on the road to Kampala. Christopher leaving before light in order to arrive early in Mbale to run extra errands. I followed an hour behind allowing Carmel some additional sleep before the craziness of travel. We joined forces in Mbale and took one vehicle to Kampala, praying the whole way […]
Posted by: Chloe on February 20, 2016 @ 9:30 pm | 1 Comment
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Carmel Plays with a Cobra »

Caught your attention? Good. We’ll get to that cobra business presently. For now, let’s just start reading at the beginning. Where do the days go? If there isn’t a sudden shortage of some important medicine or emergency maintenance request, there’s a regular stream of conflicting vacation requests to deal with, or a disciplinary matter, or […]
Posted by: Christopher on February 14, 2016 @ 10:42 pm | No Comments
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