21 July 2007

the missionary diet

I’ve long thought about writing a book entitled, “The Missionary Diet.”

After all, Americans spend between $30 and $50 billion (yes, billion with a “B”) every year on diets and other measures to help us reduce our caloric intake.

And moving to Africa in 2004, I dropped from a skinny 5’10” 155 lb man into an unshaven, skeletal 5’10” 135 lb Bosnian refugee. And it was completely involuntary. I even ate McDonald’s at least once a week. And I would have two Big Macs with my combo meal and a McFlurry for dessert. So, if I can accomplish the real American dream (losing 10% of my body weight) without giving up fast food, I figure that I might share my techniques with you, the reading public.

Over the next few weeks (or months, depending on when we run out of ideas) we’ll be releasing the secrets of “The Missionary Diet,” which is a way for us to share both stories of what everyday life looks like for a missionary and perhaps actual ways to emulate it and look like a refugee yourself. We hope it will prove to be a little “lighter fare” (pun intended) compared to the average update.

Stay tuned.


  1. If I could send you all the callories in my chocolate coisant and dry cappucino... I would!

  2. I thank God for your faithfulness. I commit to you that I will pray for you daily (and for your friend and anyone else who you ask me to). I am humbled and challenged by your commitment. Our Sunday night life group will pray for God's power through both of you every week when we meet...I am not sure what the time difference is, but if you think about it at 7:00 or so our time each Sunday, pause and know we are lifting you up at that moment. Let us know if there is anything else we can do. ---Brian L.

  3. Please feed Stefani. We cannot afford for her to lose 10% of her body weight....a strong wind might just carry her away!