Lifted Archive

These posts began on a personal site, “Lifted” (lifted.postach.io), written in 2014–2015 for those praying for my family and ministry. The need continues.

When I travel without the children, they have me travel with their toys. I take pictures with the toys of what I’m doing and send them as I go. Good fun for all.

Local woodcutter.

You bless our socks off!

This picture is either of a piece of wet spaghetti thrown the other day against the wall (when mom and dad stepped out of the kitchen) or the start of the road up to our hill town. C——’s favorite part is the loop-the-loop, where the road spirals over itself! This map doesn’t show elevation, but the switchbacks don’t lie. The town is almost a mile up and it takes 10 miles of climbing road to get there. At least the kids don’t get sick anymore!

Home and hearth in bamboo hills.

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only that is foreign.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters

I went up to the roof this morning to take in this sight. I took S—— with me, who is almost 3. He was captivated by the large vehicle yard. “Wow! Look, daddy, trucks!” He even spotted the low-flying plane (can you?). “But son, what about the big and bright snow mountains?” Maybe this background is normal for him.

I grew up near Niagara Falls and always was in danger of finding the “wonder” commonplace because it was so near. What makes something wonderful? Is God less of a wonder because he would come near? Perhaps we take him for granted. But his presence makes the rest more wonderful.

I’m standing and pointing at those snow-caps. But S—— insists, “But trucks, daddy, my favorite!” and I come near to him. “Yes, son, those are one of my favorites, too.”

“Secrets of Language Learning” by Nida /

On a poster in a United Mission to Nepal classroom in Kathmandu, “Secrets of Language Learning,” from Learning a Foreign Language by Eugene Nida (Bible translator):

  1. Language must be automatic, or it is practically useless.

  2. Only after one has learned to sit and listen can one profitably stand and speak.

  3. Three processes:

  • Drill and repetition
  • Thinking in the foreign language, and
  • Continued opportunities to use the language
  1. In general one must murder a language before mastering it, and part of the murdering process must begin at once.

Elephant ears. One of these leaves when cooked gives about a tablespoon of greens.

Many South Asian people walking across a concrete bridge that is slightly buckled in the middle
Monsoon Detours /

We had an adventure of a trip across Nepal last week. We were on our way to language school. The monsoon — slow coming this year — dumped at last upon the Himalayan Range. The hills came down in floods and landslides on hapless villages and roads. Highway bridges broke. We tried to wait it out at the border. After a few days we flew in K—— with S—— for the start of her classes. I took the big ’uns and drove a 4×4 truck on a long detour.

People and goods made their way on foot across a major bridge that was disabled. Vehicles waited on either side to make the exchange. Our detour road was swamped like a terraced rice paddy. We made our way through the mire and enjoyed the village scenes.

During the following day’s drive, we reached the hills and stopped for a break. The car wouldn’t start up again. Some soldiers were there and friendly. They called a young man who called a mechanic who said the battery was dead. He asked how far we had to go — almost 6 more hours. He jump-started it and said, “Don’t stop till you get there.”

Meanwhile, K——’s connecting flight in the capital had been downed by the rain and flights backed up for days. She hopped on a bus for the rest of the way — that road was clear. In the end, after 3 days, she got to our destination 3 hours ahead of us who were in the truck. A mercy: the kids didn’t complain a bit and showed me they could make it on any trip. Of course, it probably helped that they thought we were in a race with mom and brother.


The floods and landslides this year have displaced thousands and killed over 200 across Nepal. Many need help and damaged infrastructure makes aid difficult. Remember these families today. There are churches in the affected areas; ask that they would, “devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful” (Titus 3:14 HCSB).