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090 – Mudder’s Day

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: We had a fun day watching our kids swim at the Swim League Championship Meet. All three of our kids qualified for Finals. In particular, Alex swam three individual races (50 yd Freestyle, 100 yd Freestyle, 100 yd Breaststroke) and got a PR in each race. He won the Breaststroke race for his first individual race win at the Championship Meet. Tough Mudder Alex and I ran the Tough Mudder together on 6/4/17 in…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 4 of 4)

Explosion While operating in Ecuador Forrest had an experience where he had just flown in from a village with a radio operator and his family. This family needed to be in Quito. He flew them there and landed at the international airport. He dropped them off and then stayed the night. This happened to be during August when the winds are particularly more violent. They call them the “Winds of San Juan.” So, he waited to take off when the…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 3 of 4)

Ignited Were you ever scared? “One time we were out in the jungle where we had a stash of fuel. We paid someone to watch it and there is a shelter there for barrels of fuel to be stored at this location. We were in need of about a ½ barrel of fuel to make the flight back to the center.” The guy working there rolled a barrel out to the plane and uncapped it. Forrest was out on the…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 1 of 4)

Family Camp The best place you can take your family for vacation is to Gull Lake Ministries. Our family loves to go to a week of family camp in the summer. Each week they highlight a different mission organization. The week we were there this year, Wycliffe Bible Translators Ministries was there, represented by Forrest and Wanda Zander. I had a chance to sit down with Forrest and talk about his experiences on the mission field. He served in South…

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Just Let Me Sing

Music is one of my most favorite things that God created. Isn’t it amazing how a song can take you to another place in time? Music can change your mood. Music warm your heart. It can soften your soul and pump you up. It can make you laugh or make you cry. It can bring you a memory of days gone by. Wow…those could almost be song lyrics! Great Uncle Ralph My grandma’s brother Ralph had alzeimer’s. It was pretty…

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3 Things You Need to Just Get Done

I don’t consider myself a morbid person but I spent some time recently updating my Will. My wife and I had our first copies drafted thirteen years ago and they were well overdue for an update. Since that first draft, we’ve added two more kids, a cat and a car, moved to a new state and have been through a couple different jobs so, it was time to get it done. There are certain things you should do just because…

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Sometimes You Get a Flat

These last few months have come with a few inconveniences with our vehicles. We are averaging one less than major issue a month for the past four months. I say “less than major” because not one of the issues would I consider “major”. I will share them in the order that they occurred. One night our family was on the way home from a short out of state trip and we ran out of gas. It was approximately 9:30 pm…

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Goal Getter

When I was ten there was a meeting for those interested in Scouting. I was interested, so I attended along with about five other guys from school. Soon after we became Troop 157. There had been a Boy Scout troop previously, (Troop 57) several years prior, that dissolved for reasons I don’t think I ever knew, but presumably lack of interest. But nonetheless, a new Troop was formed and I was privileged to be a part of it.

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Watch the Road!

I confess, there was one time when my driving instructor had to slam on the brakes so I didn’t pull out in front of a car. Driver’s Ed seems so long ago but the skills I learned from that class are utilized as much or more than the education I got from about any other class I had in school…especially Chemistry! Well, that’s not entirely true but it is an important skill to master to say the least. But in…

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Does Opportunity Knock?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “When opportunity knocks, open the door.” I know that I have spent too much time in my life waiting for the knock. I would go to the door and open it to see if opportunity was coming. I would knock on the door myself just to make sure it was still ‘knockable.’ Then one day I realized opportunity was busy knocking on many other doors. I grew up in a small rural town of about…

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