2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 540 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Video Diary of Freedom Climb

Click on the title of the video below to go to a tremendous 11 minute video from January’s Freedom Climb. Over $300,000 has been raised for projects to benefit women and children who are endangered.


47 Women Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro


Update from one of the climbers – First Person Report

Nancy Byrne, a Freedom Climb participant from our sending church and also a volunteer here at OM USA (as well as an XOMer from the 1980’s), did an update to her blog and I just read her first person report on the climb itself. It was wonderful. You can find it at


She also posted a “video” of still photos taken during the climb and set to music. It is on YouTube at the following address:


Take a look. They both give you a real feeling for what went on. Over $300,000 has been raised to date!!! Praise the Lord.



The Freedom Climbers on Fox and Friends

Three of the women who made the Freedom Climb (www.thefreedomclimb.net) were on Fox News channel this morning.

Gretchen Carlson interviewed them. Click on this link ?playlist_id=86912     (or copy the link below and paste it into your browser to go to the four minute video of the ladies comments.  There is a brief commercial before the interview begins .


They Made It To The Summit

43 of the Freedom Climb participants made it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro this past weekend. They are now down the mountain and learning to breathe real air again (rather than the oxygen-robbed substitute they were breathing at 19,000 feet). No one was injured but many have sore. blistered feet.

Congratulations Ladies! A job well done.

24 years ago today the original Logos bit the dust!!!

The first OM ship, MV Logos was purchased in 1970 and sailed until January 4, 1988. She ran agound on rocks off Tierra del   Fuego, Chile, in atrocious weather conditions. Although the ship could not be saved, not a single crewmember was lost or even injured. The skeletal hulk of the ship is still visible and has become something of a tourist attraction over the years. Over a 17-year period, more than seven million people visited MV Logos during 250 ports of call in 102 countries.

Later that same year, the former Antonio Lazaro was purchased by OM and was destined to become MV Logos II. This was the first OM ship we sailed on. Please join us in thanking God for the ministry of the MV Logos and the other OM ships over the years.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day link:


OM is sponsoring a climb up Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro to bring attention and funding for the international trafficking in women and children. the climbers need your prayers for safety on the climb. Click on the link above or paste the address into your browser.



One of the most important ways you can join the Freedom Climb is by praying with us. Pray that the women and children who are enslaved will be freed. Pray for their safety. Pray that the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair that are hurting so many will be stopped. Pray that the ministries and programs in place to stop these cycles will thrive and be blessed. Pray that the funds needed for these projects and others will come in. Pray that even through all this oppression and evil, God’s love would be seen and those who do not know Him would come to faith in Him.