Flying By in the Jungle

Do you ever have those months that just fly by? That was June for our family here on the Big Island… We all pitched in and turned our school room into an artist’s… Continue reading

What do you treasure?

Foreign culture has the ability to put the missionary at their wits end…transforming personalities, and leaving missionary parents grasping for a reason to delight in their children. On the flip side, foreign culture… Continue reading


For what do you toil after? My neighbors toil up to their knees in mud, head high in corn stalks and swamped by thick rice fields. How do they toil? With grace in… Continue reading

Insights to worldview (death and the afterlife)…

Living in the village…to put it simply…has been hard. I’m so different from my neighbors and yet in many ways so much the same. A highlight of my time here and the greatest… Continue reading

The Local Music Scene

Our family has had the opportunity to spend time with some local musicians for a few months now, learning the Sakalava language and culture and discovering their musical talent. Ladis, the lead singer,… Continue reading

Relationships & Reality

A week has passed since the funeral of Mama Gnesa. If she lived in North America she would still be alive, but death is what happens to many of those who become sick… Continue reading

The Journey

January in Nosy Be… rain falling, rice growing, and language learning. We have been told that January and February are miserable here, with nothing but hot days interrupted by thunderstorms. But being from… Continue reading

One Weird, New Year’s Missionary Idea…(and other thoughts)

I sit down to write a blog and wish that I had the right message to share with you. Truly, I get anxiety (although that’s not surprising if you know me well enough)… Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the McReynolds Tribe

Next week we head to the other side of Nosy Be to a villa on the beach. Our team will spend Christmas together, mixing up all of our individual Christmas traditions into one… Continue reading

Back to the Present

We have just returned from a long absence from our village life. For three weeks we were attending a conference in Machakos, Kenya, focused on learning more about Africa in general, and also… Continue reading

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