Why. Toddlers are notorious for asking the question “why?”  Kids love asking questions and finding out answers to, well, just about everything. Ever known a kid like that? I’m 33 years old and I’m sure I’ve asked the question “why?” my fair share of times.  Times when I have wondered WHY schedules were changed, something … Continue reading

Monday is for … Missions … and MLK Jr.

MLK Jr. Today is the last day of Winter Break for us here at SEMO.  Students are back in town, traffic is picking back up, and classes resume in the morning.  The “break” has been a great time of refreshing for me and I’m excited for all that the upcoming semester has for us.  Thankful … Continue reading

A month !?!

I cannot believe that it has been a month since we’ve last updated on our marathon training and fundraising … SO sorry! It has been a busy time around the Barb home as a new school year has started as Southeast Missouri State University – which means students are back in town, and ministry is … Continue reading

Things I said I wasn’t going to do. . .

Well, I think we all have those things in life that we say we “aren’t going to do.”  They may be things that are detrimental to our physical, spiritual, emotional health … they may be things that we just would never consider.  For some people they are the adrenaline pumping things like skydiving, bungee jumping, … Continue reading

It’s a New Year!

Well, it’s been ages since I’ve REALLY posted on here, and I make no promises that I can keep up with this on a very regular basis.  SO much has happened in the last year, there is no good way to try to summarize it all, so I’ll hit the highlights: In May I completed … Continue reading

Africa Journal: Day 13 – January 8, 2009

From my journal: ” … it’s our final full day of ministry in Mali … tomorrow morning we pack up and head back to Bamako.  God, You’ve done amazing things this week, continue today … Habakkuk 3:2-4 ‘Lord, I have heard of Your fame, I stand in awe of Your deeds, O Lord.  Renew them … Continue reading

Africa Journal: Day 12 – January 7, 2009

From my journal: ” … we’re on the back end of this trip, and it is a weird feeling … not wanting to leave this place, these beautiful people, but getting tired and worn out from the drastic change in culture and speed of life here.  I met with my prayer partners today and shared … Continue reading

Africa Journal: Day 8 – January 3, 2009

From my journal: “… since being here, I’ve thought a lot about culture and languages, and I am very interested in these aspects of our ministry.  This causes me to wonder and think ‘why did God give me those thoughts, likes, etc.’?  Could it be that I am supposed to engage a culture?  Learn the … Continue reading

Africa Journal: Day 5 – December 31, 2008

From my journal: “Well, we made it to Sebekoro today! After about 2 hours on the road and another 2 1/2 hours on the “road” (term used loosely this time…) we finally pulled into the village and were welcomed by a swarm of children.  As soon as they saw us in the van, they began … Continue reading

Africa Journal: Day 2 – December 28, 2009

From my journal: “…Lord, I trust that You have amazing things prepared WAY in advance for me and for this trip.  I pray that You would help me to see where those appointments are, to move beyond myself to allow You to work, and to strip every ounce of price away from myself, let my … Continue reading