we made it to south africa

hi friends
we're here in jo-burg. we're safe...long plane trip...swollen feet and ankles and two bloody noses later. on our way by bus to the northern region. love you all.



south africa trip

our trip to South Africa is fast-approaching! here's our itinerary and also a few thoughts/hopes/prayers that I have for this trip.

Wednesday, Nov. 19: Depart KC around 11:00 am
Thursday, Nov. 20: Arrive in Johannesburg (5:30 pm); stay overnight
Friday, Nov. 21: a.m. depart Jo-burg; travel by bus to spend weekend in Mushagka and surrounding villages (northeastern South Africa); connect with a missionary named Nancy and visit several area church services, Mozambique refugee ministry, and a pre-school graduation!
Monday, Nov. 24: Spend day in Kruger National Park - wildlife preserve (and get my National-Geographic-photographer on!) http://www.ecoafrica.com/krugerpark/
Tuesday, Nov. 25: return to Jo-burg; spend a few days with Pastor Isaac in ministry around Jo-burg (including Soweto)
Thursday, Nov. 27: depart for Port St. John's/Port Elizabeth to visit Oceans of Mercy ministry (ministry to orphans affected by AIDS/HIV...Westside Family Church in KC is a local partner with this ministry) http://www.oceansofmercy.com/index.cfm
Saturday, Nov. 29: Return to Jo-burg (except Seth, who is staying an extra day with O of M...due to the fact that he accidentally purchased a ticket on the wrong return flight!) and catch our return flight to the U.S. (Seth will depart for U.S. on Sunday).
Sunday, Nov. 30: Arrive approximately 12:00 noon at KCI

  • Always, safety and smooth travel (there will be a lot of travel)
  • the people we meet are giving us places to stay, food to eat, and transportation, so I hope that we can be a source of encouragement and joy to them!
  • i am excited to learn from the people we meet about how to love well, how to serve. I
  • recently read my friend Tim's blog and he shared some thoughts from a book about Compassion. I found these thoughts to be relevant: "compassion is not primarily making oneself "useful," but it is a kind of "entering in" which is intimately linked to a real presence. The natural result of this presence will be true solidarity. Human competition subverts this impulse and can only be overcome by the "new self" which is created in Christ. Therefore the first movement in compassion isn't achieving but receiving a new identity which is free from greedy competitive impulses. Only then can we enter into solidarity with the poor." From the beginning of planning this trip, I have tried to keep a close check on any attitude of "us" going over "there" to help "them", which has a bitter taste of condescension, but maintain a learner's heart and a servant's heart. More than any other purpose, I feel that our objective is to connect with people, to love, to establish friendships that will survive over time and distance. It is in these long-term relationships that we will be able to know how we might meet each others' needs (a reciprocal relationship).
p.s. note my new "my views" section to the right! i am posting a new photo each week and hoping for feedback from all of my creative friends...heck, at this point, i'll take feedback from my not-so-creative friends too as no one has posted a comment yet! come on people! i comment on all of your blogs! help me out here.


my views

i decided to start a new section in my blog called "my views" that will feature a new photo i've taken each week (or every couple of weeks!). i think that i noticed another one of my blogging friends doing something similar, so i have to put the disclaimer out there that i thought of it a long time ago but just didn't get around to doing it! i actually got the idea from national geographic's "your shot" series (note the link to their site to the right under "sites to see"). NG features photos from amateur photographers and they are just amazing! i really want to work on getting better. so, i decided to give myself a forum for displaying my photos.

here's how it's gonna work: i have several friends that are AWESOME photographers so i want YOUR FEEDBACK! i do very minimal editing/tampering to my photos (mostly due to a lack of knowledge of how to use photoshop or other such programs). so, for the most part, what you see is exactly how i took the photo. i may brighten it so that you can see it better on the blog, or crop it to get a better fit, but that is the extent. so, photographer friends, i want to hear your feedback: what you would do differently? how would you change the settings? what angles would you take, etc.? and, if you happen to like it just as it is i suppose i wouldn't mind hearing that either!

the first photo is from about a month ago when the Two Seconds Away guys rehearsed in our attic (note the link to their site to the right...free publicity, guys!).

p.s. the sites that i post on my blog are some of my FAVORITE sites and my hope is that my friends who read my blog will also find them useful. plus, i'm always updating them as well as my "favorite things" section.

p.p.s. speaking of "favorite things", i have seen two oscar-worthy performances in the last month: angelina joley in Changeling (an unbelievable true story) and anne hathaway in Rachel Getting Married. great movies, incredible acting by those two women.

p.p.p.s. still trying to figure out how to make a link to the full size version of the picture in "my views." if anyone has tips on that let me know.