Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In 2008, the day after my birthday happens to be Election Day back in the USA. Thats today, and honestly I am so glad too, because I am sick of it. All of it. Plain and simple.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Love the lake, love my phone, but they don't mix very well...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
If I ever get the chance to meet the CEO or the marketing manager of The Coca-Cola Company
I will probably say, “Wow, well done.”
In Burundi, when one visits another it has now become customary for the host to offer the visitor a “Fanta”. A “Fanta” simply refers to a carbonated bottled beverage of some type. Your selection is usually between a Coke, Fanta Orange, or Fanta Citron. All these products are created and delivered all over Burundi by the Coca-Cola Company in the capital Bujumbura.
It blows my mind that the Coca Cola Company has managed to ingrain itself such into Burundian culture that it is now considered rude if you do not have Coca Cola products on hand to offer a guest at all times. A tall cold glass of good ‘ol H2O just doesn’t cut anymore. Gimme a Coke! And please, if its warm, all the better!
I asked what was a customary guest beverage before the Coca Cola Company and the onset of Christianity. A blank stare of confusion broke into a shy smile, "beer, I think" was the answer.
(In other Burundian beverage news, I found out that the East African beer Primus is regionally owned by the Belgian beer giant, InBev. The same company the bought out Budweiser earlier this year for some astronomical amount of money. They’re everywhere!)
Monday, September 22, 2008
What a beautiful city.
The streets are riddled with pot holes and the traffic is a death march of every vehicles. Humanity flows in and around the trucks, cars, motorbikes, and bicycles. Every sense must be on alert or else…
“The man ran into me at full stride. Through my front shirt pocket I barely felt my wallet be every so stealthily plucked. I reacted instantly and grabbed at the man who had run into me (He had been following Jillian and I for a little while and I had already suspected he was up to no good). He immediately began yelling at me as he passed my wallet to the next guy behind him on which I turned immediately, trying to formulate a sentence in French that would let them know of my intention to get my wallet back everyone else around me that I was getting robed. The crowd around us just stared at us. My wallet was passed to a third boy and I turned on him, this time screaming as loud as I could. He dropped my wallet behind himself onto the sidewalk. They ran away into the crowd toward the marketplace. I had my wallet. The whole incident may have lasted 30 seconds. I laughed out loud as the realization of what had just happened and my very rash actions to fight the thieves for my wallet dawned on me. Ah, Africa.”
Keeping alert is hard in a city that thrills the senses in every way. The rainy season is coming and soon the air will be clear of haze and smoke from burning fields. The lake will be clearly visible along with the Congolese mountains to the west and the Burundian hills to the east. No wonder Burundi is called the heart of Africa.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
When Nehemiah and the the Lord's people returned to the land of Judea they brought out the Book of the Law. It was read to them and they wept. They had fallen away from His word.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It seems that every post I write is rack with some heavy overtone. It would seem from this blog that my life is always on the brink of chaos or spiritual depression. Well, I need to disclaimer that and say that it's just not true. But in those many times of joy and completion, I don't feel the need to write about it. I simply enjoy them.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Today Ben Entwistle passed away at the age of 20.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
12%-my support level right now.
As we diminish, He increases. May I continue to diminish.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Encouragement though has come from unexpected places and at unexpected times. He is indeed Jehovah Jira...my provider, He restores me soul.
As I have reflected on Christ's model of discipleship I have realized many things, but one that has stuck with me is who His disciples were. They were not the highly educated, not the cream of the crop, and probably not the most refined of society. They were rough fishermen. Christ looked past ALL that, and saw obedient hearts. He sees my heart. He sees my desire to serve Him, and as I continue to feel completely inadequate to serve Him, He reminds me. "Obey me. I am all you need. I will provide. Trust me."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Palmer Lake, Colorado...