Saturday, August 29, 2009

24hr Goodness

First of all, I have to say that at home I never go to McDonalds. It's not the most appetizing, but in South Africa the ingredients seem fresher and yummier all around and it represents a part of American culture that is comforting for some reason. So you'll understand the excitement when just a few days ago a McDonalds opened up not too far from home.

And get this . . . it's 24HOURS! In this part of SA, nothing is open past ten at the latest and to have somewhere to go at night [even if it is Micky Ds] is freakin' exciting!

It's hilarious to see the excitement among my fellow Americans. Most of us have made a point to go the last 48hrs, though the lines have been horrendous. Last night my friends Keri, Haley, and I went for late night snacks and ran into almost half of our American friends. We're pretty cool.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Obsessions

Okay, so if you know me well this may come as a shock to you, but I’ve recently taken up knitting. I know, I know, I never thought I’d say it, but everyday I look forward to when I can sit on the couch, watch a good movie [or at least a decent movie], and knit. I find the repetitive motion extremely therapeutic and soothing especially after a stressful day.

My good friend, Jen, is very good at knitting and was patient enough to teach me. Many of the women I work with knit as well and it’s a great way for us to connect. It’s fun to realize new things about yourself and find different ways to express your creativity!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Desperate Hope

In the history of the United States, the 1800s are considered a time of adventure and risk. Men, women, and children made their way across thousands of miles to make a home in an unknown land. The East coast had become overcrowded. Jobs and opportunity were scarce and the new territories out West must have looked like the promise land to those with nothing.

I wonder what kind of people these pioneers were? Adventurers, dreamers. They had to have been desperate to risk everything on the faint glimmer of hope that life had to be better than what they were leaving behind.



a person who is among the first to explore

or settle a new country or area.

They say our work in South Africa is a ‘pioneering’ ministry. I take that to mean we are a desperate people, desperate enough to dream of change and a better, brighter future. Desperate enough to leave the familiar and the comfortable in pursuit of hope. We are hungry for the adventure of exploring new territories, humble enough to know we can’t make it on our own, and eager to test the boundaries of the established. We know that change is more than possible, it’s a necessity, and we are more than willing to fight for the opportunity.

Isn’t it worth the risk of failing to help alter a nation so drastically that generations upon generations are forever changed?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Family Visit: Photo Blog #4

Changing the tire on the way to Mozambique. Darn potholes.

Ponto Do Ouro beach in Mozambique

Midnight Swimming

Monday, August 3, 2009

Quote of the Day

“This is not about pity. It’s more about passion. Pity sees suffering and wants to ease the pain; passion sees injustice and want to settle the score. Pity implores the powerful to pay attention; passion warns them about what will happen if they don’t. The risk of pity is that it kills with kindness; the promise of passion is that it builds on hope that the poor are fully capable of helping themselves if given the chance…..”

— Nancy Gibbs - TIME Mag “Person of the Year” DEC 2005