Luke 22:36

Slow Forward

Quote a long time back I posted “Fast Forward”.  Now things have changed and I am doing “Slow Forward”.

Backing up a bit, Twyla and I moved to Mozambique in 2010.  We loved the people, the location and the work that Papa God gave us to do.  In May of 2016 .. just a few days after our 6th Anniversary in Mozambique .. Twyla suffered a severe stroke and after a few days passed away.

Her death left me in quite a daze.  I mean, we KNEW intellectually that something like this could possibly happen. We had Missionary friends who died on the field.  We were not young and the possibility was always there .. except I think I felt we were kind of exempt.  Whatever.  It was a hard thing to take.

My daughters flew in from the States and helped me close out things as much as we could in a few days, then we returned to the U.S. and began the process of finding life again.

I am living near Georgetown, Texas on my daughter and son-in-law’s place.  I have been doing ranch work – fixing fences, cutting grass, fighting fire ants … and learning to live without Twyla.  I have been able to set up my reloading bench and bullet casting stuff which has been very therapeutic for me.  I don’t have much of  a place to shoot yet, but I just joined a local private shooting range and will soon have access to that.

Since Twyla’s death I have been working to get a computer classroom built in Pemba, Mozambique in her honor.  She had trained a local Mozambican to run the class and after her death I gave him all the equipment.  He has been doing a great job!   Soon we will have a building dedicated solely to teaching computer.   It is named appropriately, Mama Twyla’s Computer Class. I will be traveling back to Mozambique in May to help dedicate the building.

I am not sure where I will be going from here, or what I will be doing.  And I appreciate your prayers in that regard.

The is the building at the present .. almost finished!

One Response to Slow Forward

  • Brother Jim, I hope all is well with you. How did the dedication service go in Africa? It is quite fitting that Twyla’s name be carried on in the mission field with the computer class school.
    I haven’t written you since I learned of Twyla’s passing into Glory. I pray that all is well with you and yours.
    I was wondering, since you started doing therapy again behind a loading bench and doing some casting, have you thought of writing some more material on those subjects? Some of us still prefer the six shooter and lever gun in time proven cartridges over the newest hot rod rounds in AR platforms and “extended range” bolt guns.
    Has there ever been a compilation of your articles put in book form? If you have any books out there I sure would like to get my hands on one. I have a deep respect for your opinions on firearms related subjects and an even deeper respect for you as a fine Christian man.
    I was wondering what part of God’s earth you are calling home. Sounds like your a Texan now. I am still in Webster county Missouri. I’m not pastor of a church at the moment but am very active with Cedar Gap Baptist church in which we are members. Some of the finest people on God’s green earth are there.
    I’m coordinating an outdoorsman’s event at the church, located about five miles east of Seymour on Hwy 60, on August 31st. There will be demonstrations for reloading, bullet casting, jumping mules, food plot production, fly rod casting, antler scoring, blacksmithing and a bunch of other topics. It would be an honor if you could stop by if you just so happen to be in the area. : ) I know it is a long ways from Texas.
    Alex Rutledge is going to be our guest speaker. (Pray some souls might be saved)
    “I will become all things to all men so that by all means some might be saved”.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you brother……

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