Tuesday, June 29, 2010
We talked for awhile; the kids made me coffee on a little charcoal stove. They had me sit in the only chair. When it came time to leave, mom took my hand and blessed me. They hadn't asked for anything, but I gave them what I had. The young fellow walked with me back to the hotel, and promised to pray for me. I left him a business card because he asked if he might email me. He doesn't have a computer or anything for that matter, but his older brother is a student in college some 400 miles away and has occasional access to the web..
A few weeks later, I get a gracious email from the brother. We've been corresponding for awhile now. He's finished his sophomore year in college and doing well. We trade stories and thoughts. We hope to meet sometime soon; he's home for the summer with his mom and siblings, and I may have a trip through Ethiopia in July or August.
So, I have a friend in Ethiopia that I've not met, but he and his family pray for me and mine. What a wonderful world.
UPDATE: JUL '13 - Older brother graduated from college last summer and is now employed in the telecommunications industry; entry level stuff, but exciting. Little brother has graduated from trade school just a few weeks ago; looking for employment. Sweet folks.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
From last week's news...
New York Times News Article
And a couple weeks earlier...
AOL News Article
And to broaden our view a bit...
CBS News story today.
Time for change?
Monday, June 14, 2010
|Her sister does her hair for her in about fifteen minutes, I'm told.|
The photo (right) was taken a few months later on Children's Day '08, but it was another year before I could pronounce her name correctly. She'd speak so softly that I couldn't hear her when she corrected my pronunciation. I finally had a teacher write it for me.
Friday, June 11, 2010
|Looking at a picture I just took ...|
|He's wearing my glasses, just for fun ...|
Africa affects me similarly. I enjoy being there for a few days or weeks at a time. After that, I lack the durability to face the real life circumstances. My wife accompanied me there recently and reported similarly that it was both a joy and a tremendous blow to her heart to meet people there and care about them.
So then, I have a short list heroes in Africa; they're are on the ground there, serving our brothers and sisters in such practical ways. They do it day after day, week, month, years. They do all the things I cannot, and they do it with grace and compassion.
So here I am at the beginning of a long summer; hot and muggy. All in all, if it's gonna be hot anyway, I'd rather be in Africa.