*The earlier, published post of “the Bidet” has inexplicably disappeared post-publish and I recreated this post from an old, old draft. I’m really not sure what happened. So, I apologize if this post is less polished than normal* Machines are taking over our apartment. I put a poll on Facebook asking which machines you were… Read More Machine Monday: the Bidet
In Mongolian there’s a “mine” for something that is just mine (миний/minii) and another mine for something that belongs to us (маиай/manai). манай is similar to English “our” but used more often. Anything that is not only mine is ours by default. In Mongolian, it’s not my apartment, it’s our apartment (other people live here… Read More миний маиай & Interdependence
Mongolia is a pretty safe country. Multiple times I’ve seen people walk in and out of banks with duffle bags full of cash like it’s no big deal. For the most part, bank tellers don’t have protective glass. Any car becomes a taxi when you put your hand out (the equivalent of a thumbs up)… Read More The Time Cory Thwarted a Pick-pocketer
Sometimes things don’t work out quite how you expect them too. Because of the really bad, terrible, awful air pollution we are expecting this winter we decided to purchase a hefty air purifier for our apartment. Shout out to Mt. View Wesleyan Church who gave generously toward the $1,600 purchase price. To buy the air… Read More The Day Cory Broke the ATM
A friend from home recently asked me if the M&M’s were the same here as in the US. Guys, they are not. They are similar (and still delicious) but they are not the same. Let me tell you more about this. But, before I do, I think it’s important to note that I am, indeed,… Read More M&M’s in Mongolia
Sometime last week, we began noticing little papers taped to our door. All told, we got three of them. We recognized our building number and door number so we figured they were specifically and intentionally for us and, as most of the other doors had them as well, we weren’t concerned but were very curious.… Read More The Little Papers Taped to Our Door
Hi Friends, Several of you have asked how you can send us mail. We finally have answers. Mail is not delivered to homes here. If you want to get mail, you need to rent a PO BOX. So today I went to the local post office with my friend Agiimaa and rented a PO Box… Read More You Can Send Us Mail!
We arrived in Ulanbaatar nearly three weeks ago. I’ve posted a little on FB and a few times on Instagram, I’ve even tossed out a couple tweets. But I haven’t sat down to write a post. It’s not because I’m too busy. It’s because my brain is too fried. And my filter is broken…not the… Read More On Why I Haven’t Written Much
As missionaries we’re thrown into a lot of situations that we are unprepared and unqualified for. One of the first is fundraising. None of us get into this because we’re good at or love fundraising. We get into it because we feel called to a particular ministry and fundraising is a necessary aspect of allowing… Read More A Post about how God Provides and how Awesome Allen is.
Blessings are as varied and as random as the people who provide them. Here are a few. There have been so many more. I hope these simple stories inspire you and give you courage to take risks and bless the people in your lives in whatever seemingly random way the Holy Spirit leads you. A… Read More Blessings On the Journey, Part 4
My biggest fear in moving to Mongolia: How it’s going to impact my child. So when other people express interest in her and care for her in practical ways it melts my mama’s heart. Here are a few ways people have done that. Linda There are a lot of great Linda’s in my life. This… Read More Blessings on the Journey, Part 3
To celebrate reaching 100% funded I’ve curated a post with stats and random information for those who are interested in things like that. If you don’t think stats and charts are interesting…just close this window right now; it is not worth your time. We have spoken at 15 churches in 7 states and provinces. We… Read More A Boring Post about Partnership Development Stats