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To Build a Fire

Probably one of the best preparations for our teams to France and our teaching in China was all our experience from camping. We learned to improvise and make do with whatever we had to work with in our living situation and to plan ahead by taking small, useful tools, etc.

My son and I are hoping to be able to go camping one weekend this fall with a friend and his sons. Some of our best memories and stories are about getting a campfire going and keeping it going. Oh, the stories we could tell, and wouldn't tell! Today's iv is almost too true-to-life to be funny....

Sixteeen steps to building a campfire

1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers.

2. Bandage left thumb.

3. Chop other fragments into smaller fragments

4. Bandage left foot.

5. Make pyramid structure of slivers (include those embedded in hand)

6. Light Match

7. Light Match

8. Repeat "a Scout is cheerful" and light match.

9. Apply match to slivers, add wood fragments, and blow gently into base of fire.

10. Apply burn ointment to nose.

11. When fire is burning, collect more wood.

12. Upon discovering that fire has gone out while out searching for more wood, soak wood from can labeled 'kerosene'.

13. Treat face and arms for second-degree burns.

14. Re-label can to read 'gasoline'.

15. When fire is burning well, add all remaining firewood.

16. When thunderstorm has passed, repeat steps.


We were happy to learn from her son that Jean, one of the teachers who went to Hainan with us this summer, arrived safely at GSP this evening an hour early! Her flight to Cambodia left 15 minutes before our flight back to the USA two weeks ago today. Since she was already on the other side of the world to teach with us, she made the most of it by going to visit her daughter Kim, son-in-law J.D. We'll look forward to seeing her and hearing all her stories from there!


"One of the things God does in our lives is to pry our fingers off the controls." - Dr. Drew Conley

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When camping at a public campground, place a tuba on your picnic table to keep the campsites on either side of yours vacant.

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