Cool Connections in Dubuque

Posted by Owen Fuller on January 23, 2012 in life less than perfect |

The weather was clear Thursday as we stopped by churches in Dubuque, IA to visit with pastors.  Friday morning we woke up to an ever-thickening blanket of snow.  Now, I’m used to driving in snow, but I’ve also been around it long enough to know that risking breaking down or sliding off the road with a car full of kids on a 3-hour ride home is not a wise idea.  Staying in town was looking like a good option. Read more…

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Today from the “My Office is at Home with My Kids” file…

Posted by Owen Fuller on January 16, 2012 in life less than perfect |

Bowls of cereal served: 6+
Weekly report emails sent: 1 (late)
Bags packed for this weeks travel: 0…delegated to wife
Magic tricks taught: 1
Attempts to refocus on today’s tasks: 151 (margin of error +/- 150)
Paper cuts kissed and bandaged: 2
Emails read: 3…4?
Headless mermaids recapitated: 1



Roadside Diversions

Posted by Owen Fuller on January 13, 2012 in reflections |
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photo credit: mary.rotman

I was having coffee the other day with a pastor in Holstein, a small community in rural northwest Iowa.  Stephanie and I had plans to take the family to visit churches in Sioux City that day, and since it is a considerable distance from home we had stayed overnight with some cousins of mine.  They had contacted their pastor, told him we would be in town, and asked if he would be willing to meet with us.  He agreed, so we met at the local coffee shop/pharmacy. Read more…

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Congolese Election Day

Posted by Owen Fuller on November 28, 2011 in FYI |

Political season is upon us in the United States.  Living in Iowa, the first caucus state in the country, I’m privileged (cursed?) to get an extra dose of ads, candidate visits, and rhetoric.  Campaign teams for most of the candidates practically live in Iowa right now.  However, the chaos here is all relative.  Today is Election Day in DRC, and the craziness there makes the the run-up to the Iowa Caucuses look like a student council race.  BBC has a great news clip and  Nancy Burton, with MAF in Kinshasa, DRC, explains the offers her thoughts in this post from her blog:

More Than The Sum…

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country of extremes, both good and bad. A few examples: Read more…

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Response to LRA Violence

Posted by Owen Fuller on October 19, 2011 in FYI |

Uganda 019.jpgFriday we were all shopping for groceries when my cell phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number, but since we’re constantly trying to make appointments with potential supporters that isn’t uncommon. I decided to take the call. It was Talitha from Invisible Children.  As one of their TRI program supporters we get periodic updates regarding their organization’s efforts to end the violence perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa.  She was calling to tell me that President Obama had authorized the deployment of 100 troops to the region to serve as military advisers to the governments fighting the LRA.  She was also told me that as this news was breaking across America, several misconceptions were being raised regarding just who these rebels are. Read more…

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Ministry Video

Posted by Owen Fuller on September 29, 2011 in FYI |

Our friends Paul Dawson and Pastor Mike Osterbauer of Community Heights Alliance Church helped us put together this video.  We will be using it to introduce ourselves to pastors and missions committees, providing it to supporting churches to use for missions events and on the missions sections of their websites, and using it in other ways to promote our ministry.  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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