Saturday, December 27, 2008

Human Musicalpedia Needed

Ok. This is an odd blog entry.
But I have this song stuck in my head. And I really want to find the score for it.

Song: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation (midi clip available at this link)
Composer: George Frederick Root

(Also wrote the music for Jesus Loves the Little Children)

So if this jogs anyones memory and you're like,

"Oh, yeah! That's page number 296 in the purple hymnal!"
I would be quite thrilled.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

They've always said

that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."

And perhaps it's true.

But sometimes the tough have to find a tiny crevice to wedge their fingers into and hang on with every ounce of strength and wait for that bigger toughness to pass.

And, then, get going.

Like when your sister's car starts it's death rattle
And you're sleeping on your brother's floor and is about as poor as they come...

You've all been there. It's those moments you cry out to God because you are utterly helpless.
Those are good moments.
Get ready. I think before this economy rightens itself, a lot of us will have experienced those moments.
These will be some pretty awesome times
if we just let God ______________
(fill in the blank. You have a need? He's there.)

Bro Joe Welch is home! Here's the brief line I received:

...thank you for praying for Joe Welch (missionary with cerebral malaria). He was released from the hospital today but will be on much medication. He returns to the Dr. in January to check his blood as his platelets are still low. Please continue to pray for him…

Malaria is an odd critter. From what I understand it can hit you at odd times for several years after a bad bout...any time fever or stress gets too high... and Cerebral Malaria is some of the worse. It's a battle wound this warrior of the cross will likely carry for the next several years.


When I was in Boston, I was struck by some ads on the subways for Dentyne. They were cute:

(Pic redirects to

Make FaceTime

Just a little reminder that while Facebook is cool, its our friends that we love.

Like tonight when I got to catch up with Ran Coffman at the mall (We say "obrigado" instead of "thank you") after a long day of work, and then ran into my sister and her boyfriend (they were Christmas shopping for Cory...I found them looking at womens coats.) and finally had Wylie Redfern wander up out of the blue (we hugged right there in the middle of JC Penny's).

I love my friends.
To bad you weren't there.
Some other time, perhaps?
Looking forward to it.


Bro Joe Welch's Motto while in Africa:

"Ain't Skeered"
I love it.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Gen 8:22)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Getting back into the groove.

... and trying to not get sucked in.

Actually, most of the time I'm pretty much back to being a normal, hamburger-eating American.

And oh, am I glad to be back for the Christmas season.
Seriously, we are blessed to live in a country
where an entire holiday focuses on the Christ-story.

But once in awhile, I see something that I just gotta' have and I feel that American greed crawling up my throat. And the deranged race to make-a-million starts to take over again.

For a month, my spare time was spent in the Bible.
Now the computer, TV, and college are all scrapping for whatever "spare time" I may find.

Welcome back to the real world, pilgrim.

Guinea-Bissau Pics

Thank you, again. Those prayers were felt. We were blessed the entire way. I hope all of you realize how important, vital and enabling you were.
It's good to be back with you guys.
When we got back to Boston I roomed with Joe Welch for a night. Last Saturday I was informed that he was being admitted to the hospital with a high fever, and last night I found out they still had not confirmed a diagnosis, and that he was on a morphine pump for the pain.

Here is the latest email from about noon today:
Joe definately has Malaria. It has started damaging his liver. With antibiotics the doctor is hoping it will be better in time. His fever was 104.9 last night and they brought in a cooling blanket that covers him and keeps him cool to break the fever. It came down through the night with the blanket but after he took it off this morning his fever is back to climbing, it is 100 now. But better than before. His blood levels are still way too low and oxygen is dropping to the 70's when he does not have the oxygen connected.

Later tests revealed that it is an acute infection of "Cerebral Malaria", where the parasite ends up in the brain and tries to reduce its host to a huggy-jacket.

Be praying for him, his wife Lisa and his son Cory. Joe's not out of the woods yet, and we really need the Greatest Physician to step in.
"In everything give thanks..." 1Thes 5:18
(my motto for da' week, always followed by "Deus e tao bom")
Well, if they dressed me like a pauper
Or if they dined me like a prince
If they lay me with my fathers
Or if my ashes scatter on the wind
I don't care

But when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
Well, It'll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won't break my heart to say goodbye
-"Elijah" R. Mullins

Monday, December 8, 2008

Guinea-Bissau Video

Here's the link for the Guinea-Bissau video.

It's rougher than I'd like, but it has pictures!