The eradication of poverty, an NGO "buzzword," is everyone's ultimate goal. Everyone wants to help people to support themselves, to have "gone fishing."
If we excuse ourselves from serving because the need is greater than our capacity, our excuse is a poor one. While we might not be able to do everything, we can do something.
There can come beauty from the ashes.
One of the most important things a dream does is not for us, but what it can do for others. God never puts a dream in our hearts that won't spill out and reach others with His love. When the dream God puts in you resurrects another's dream that has died, you have passed the test.
I can say for certain, when you answer the call to go, you'll never have a dull day, a dull moment. Every day will be fresh, full of opportunity for something new.
You’ve heard the saying, “Every grey cloud has a silver lining.” I am, at this moment, finding the silver lining to waking up at 2:00 a.m. to do the laundry. You see, yesterday, the water was off and it was my daughter’s first day of 7th grade. I have been frantically trying to keep up… Continue reading Silver Linings at 2:00 a.m.
We’re in a special time here in Bujumbura, Burundi (say Bujumbura fast five times, I dare you). It feels like we are in the middle of a city-wide revival in spite of the Covid crisis, in spite of intense poverty and in spite of political uncertainty. Our nation has passed through generations of ethnic strife… Continue reading Say That Five Times, I Dare You!
I’d rather not suffer. Who, in their right mind, would prefer living in the dark places of life over the good times? I much prefer times of dancing and celebration. Six months ago, just before Covid lockdown, were able to go Stateside and take part in our son’s wedding festivities. Those days were full of… Continue reading Taking on the Giants
I’m not an extrovert by any stretch of the imagination. By nature, I know those who know me may find this hard to believe, I prefer to sneak in and out unseen and unheard. It’s more comfortable, I’m happy to let others take the lead and simply follow. I’m happy to fade into the background...unless… Continue reading I Want In
If ever a year threw a curve ball, it would be 2020. My list of goals for the year is now in file 13 (the trash) while I wonder what tomorrow's news will bring. Here where we live, in the nation of Burundi, we have thus far avoided a full-scale lockdown. While Covid19 is in… Continue reading If Ever