Old song… new meaning

Today, in Nairobi,  I was privileged to go on some project visits with one of the Hope and Healing partners – APDK (Association for Physical Disabilities in Kenya). One of the visits was a home visit. We met James. James is a boy of 4 with CP living with his grandmother. James’ mother left them when he was born...

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Going home to Africa…!

April 28, 20102 CommentsGeneral

Tomorrow I leave for Africa – Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I grew up in the Congo and it will be my first time back since I was 15 years old! My pending trip has brought back memories and reflections.   One of the songs I remember from my childhood is “Jesus Loves me”. I grew up...

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Suffering and us!

April 26, 20101 CommentGeneral

Why does God allow suffering? This was the obvious question around the earthquake in Haiti. I had a ringside view of different answers. I was privileged to travel in Haiti with Lorna Dueck from “Listen up TV”. The answer Lorna received in Haiti was relatively simple. God is not to blame if humans built poorly constructed homes on known fault lines....

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How should Canadians care about Haiti?

April 23, 2010No commentsGeneral

Today I Googled “Haiti Earthquake” and saw that the stories were mostly dated January. I wasn’t surprised that the world has moved on. There are new earthquakes in Chile and China, a volcano snarling the airways, mudslides in Brazil and Uganda. I won’t ask if Canadians should continue to care about Haiti. Of course they should and of course...

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American Idol….

April 22, 2010No commentsGeneral

I’ll confess – I occasionally watch American Idol. I will also confess that I kind of like it. Last night I watched most of the American Idol special – “Idol Gives Back”. This was a two hour special that mixed the faux reality of “voting singers off the show” with actual reality showing stories of real people living in real poverty around the world....

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What about Sebastian?

April 17, 2010No commentsGeneral

It rained last night and I thought of Sebastian. He was a boy of 8 who lost his leg in the earthquake in Haiti. He lost a lot more – his whole family. I last saw Sebastian as he was discharged from the hospital in Port au Prince, swinging away expertly on his new crutches. He was accompanied by...

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Caring without knowing

April 16, 20101 CommentGeneral

We are all hearing more about this earthquake in China. As I tried to imagine the situation in the cold high Tibetan plateau I was bothered by something that emerged from Haiti. I was in Haiti a few weeks after the earthquake. In Port au Prince we were looking for the school that cbm has supported. We knew we...

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China Update

April 15, 20101 CommentGeneral

On my drive into work this morning I was listening to reports from the Earthquake in Yushu County in China on the BBC. My wife and I spent two years in China in the 1980’s. I was back last year for a visit. China is close to our hearts. The stories on the radio reminded me so much of...

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Why this blog?

April 15, 2010No commentsGeneral

I know that God loves all people. I know that God loves those with various levels of ability. I am passionate about finding ways for all people to experience hope – to feel God’s love. I was born and raised in Africa. I have traveled and worked in refugee camps, remote villages and in the largest slums in the...

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A vision for all… I want to dance when I get big

April 15, 20101 CommentGeneral

When my children were small, and things were “right” in their life – they danced. They danced a spontaneous dance of wholeness. They felt loved, fulfilled, part of a family. They danced because they had hope. It was a beautiful dance. I once saw a picture of a little girl writing “I want to dance when I get big”....

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