Worn Wear

If you love good stories and beautiful film like myself, this is worth your watch. Go make a beverage, come back, sit down and watch this.

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The Great Salt Lake

When we kicked into the summer, we rolled into a sermon series called “H2O”, where we looked at God’s metaphors for water in scripture. For our week on “Streams”, we opened up by looking at the exact opposite of flowing water – swamps. Lucky for us, we have a massive swamp close by, known to most as the Great Salt Lake. While it sounds exotic and amazing from afar, the Salt Lake is known the locals as a fairly disgusting body of water.

Here’s Lad’s toungue-in-cheek look at the Salt Lake:

Ethiopia Recap: Video, and other thoughts

Below is a short video recap K2 aired in our services recapping our mission trip to Ethiopia.

I’ve had a few final thoughts in the last couple of weeks since I got back, that I’ll list in no particular order:

• I missed Africa, as in actually yearned to go back, for the first time when I was editing this short recap. It was actually a pretty visceral experience – I could smell it, I could hear it, and I actually wanted to go back.

• I’m still battling with exactly what or why or whatever of God’s purpose in showing me what He did there. Frankly, I’m alright with that.

• I came back incredibly refreshed and clear in mind for my work here at K2, which was both awesome and surprising. I felt renewed in direction and passion, which actually didn’t feel that lax prior to leaving.

I had the good chance to debrief this weekend with one of the guys I roomed with in Ethiopia, who’s also a good friend. It was good to unpack with him and just chat about what we experienced now after 3 weeks back.

My final thought is this: the third world is not America. It’s not Europe. And you should experience it.

The vast majority of the globe lives in that level of wealth and development. Travelling in the third world gives you a unique experience to pose questions of God that you would never pose of him living here. I think that’s a pretty healthy thing to do. I think it’s incredibly healthy and enlightening to see a lifestyle and culture that mirrors the world that much of scripture speaks of. Beggars in the third world are different than beggars in the developed world. It’s just really an uneasy experience, and yet, good.

Here’s to continued processing.

Back from Africa: Photos

Some of my favorite photos from Ethiopia that I personally took. I’m still working on compiling the team’s photos, and I would imagine I’ll have some favorites there as well.

All of the shots in this initial set I shot on my iPhone. Thanks Steve.

I’ll be continuing to add photos, but for now, here is a link to the set on Flickr, or you can view some below:

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Ethiopia Day 5

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Yesterday was an interesting day. Here are some of my scattered thoughts.

Africa is a different beast. On the surface, development based on teaching each local how to sustain themselves works, but culturally they seem more interested in allowing just a few of them to do the work and sustain off the one that is.

I struggled last evening thinking through why God has me here. I don’t believe that God would have me here all for not. So the question then, is why?

Why God, show me the things you are here?

We visited an orphanage yesterday and played some futbol with the boys in the picture above. That’s just good stuff. Good situation there, the kids are loved and cared for.

We also visited a home where they’re working with women with fistula, and developing the women back into the community. This is working and encouraging.

Random thoughts, still processing.

Humorous Observations: Day 1

Observations from Africa (in no particular order):

– flatulence is universally funny. One of our team members blew wind while walking past a group of young men after dinner. Audibly. They laughed all the way down the block.

– unless you see them cut the goat meat, rest assured its not the part you thought it was.

– that bread you didn’t eat? Going on the next table’s plate.

– Africans love nude art. Fact.

– toilet paper in hotels – not guaranteed. At all. and the room will pink. With no toilet seat.

– waterbed means something different here.

– just because the guy in the room across from your balcony has curtains, does not mean he will use them. Direct eye contact is free.

– turndown service includes cockroaches on your pillow.

Annnnd, as I just found out in a hour ride over to this cafe:

– the longer the rickshaw driver drives and gets you lost, the better his English gets.

– pizza in Ethiopia is exactly as you would expect. Terrible.

Mekele: Day 1

We arrived safe and sound in Mekele. I only have a few minutes here on wifi; this will be brief.

We met the seminary leaders this morning. Initial take away is this they told us about their work, about their passion for reaching communities with the gospel. These guys are the real deal.

Then things got really serious.

One of the community needs is that culturally, women have been circumcised and genitally mutilated at birth. This causes scores of issues later in life, pain, inability to control urination, etc. Because of this, these women are treated like “cursed” people, forced to live outside of the home and shunned from the very family that caused it.

These seminarians are going in and providing transitional housing, job training, and Christian counseling to these women. They teach them a skill, and then fund their microbusiness.

But most captivating is what Tesfi, one of the doctoral students and a professor told us: ” I get to tell them they’re not cursed, that God loves them equally as anyone else”

Powerful.