Stuck in the Mud

“Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.” —Martin Luther (1483-1546) In the eyes of a Parrot Hi folks. Paprika Parrot—sitting cocky as can by at the top of the page—is hounding me about […]

Mounting Difficulties and Plunging Economics…

Opportunities for Miracles “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design, Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”—John Rippon 178. “Mary’s health was becoming cause for increasing concern. Boils on her arms and legs were making it […]

The Living Church

Grace is God himself, his loving energy at work within his church and within our souls. – Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) Matende, 1952 Excerpt from: Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, chapter 14: Construction Shoes with Living Stones “The chapelle-ecole (chapel and church combined) at Matende, a construction made of mud walls and thatched roof, […]

Two Tiny Bundles of Joy

Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace. —Solomon Ibn Gabirol Matendi 1949 Excerpt from: Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, chapter 11 Balanced Shoes Through Joy and Sorrow “…Timmy and Tommy arrived in a banana leaf one quiet evening. We were sitting outside enjoying a breath of cool air after a […]

A Prize Fish

Every one of us whose life God’s grace has touched has been called upon to function in this world as a fisher of men. —Rev Geoff Thomas Matende 1949 Excerpt from: Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 1, Chapter 12 “Unlike other missionaries, we were unable to boast of large numbers or substantial success. A […]

Great Accomplishments in a Short LIfe

Grace was not cheap to Jesus. It cost Him His life. —In His Steps Ministry Matende 1948 Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths Volume 2, Chapter 5 Reading Shoes and Talking Hands “We had an outstanding believer at Matende station named Jean Banlambetch… Jean was a tall, well-bult young man with a keen mind, […]

Terror by Night

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16 Photo in the free domain. Matendi 1948 Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, Chapter 7: Hunting Shoes and Lessons from Animals “Getting our children—and ourselves—asleep at […]

Telling the Stories of Jesus

“O the love that drew salvation’s plan! O the grace that brought it down to man! O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found libery at Calvary.”—Newell & Towner Matende 1946 “Mary was a […]

Written on Minds and Filed in Hearts

“All grace grows as Love to the Word of God grows. —Philip Henry Matende 1946 Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, Chapter 2: “For the young people I’d adapted a repetitious style of Bible study that included questions and answers on essential teachings that was similar to the type of instruction they’d […]

Matende: Breaking Ground

“Courage is grace under pressure.” —Ernest Hemingway As I begin a series of posts based on Matende I hope to follow with some exciting breaking news. Things have been happening in this year of 2010 that had their beginnings in those early years and I can’t wait to share them all with you. So keep […]