Archive for January, 2007

Christy and I just finished Season 2 of 24
It was great!!! Christy has only seen Season 1,2 and 5. We are eagerly looking forward to watching season 6. We weren’t able to watch the Season Premiere yet b/c we had small group on Sunday and then Perspectives last night. Perspectives was great b/c one of Christy’s former Professors Umfundisi (Dr. Jim Lo) was the presenter. (More later, maybe)

This weekend was also Jarbowl. The annual Jarhead tradition of killing each other in a football game. My team the purples beat the goldies 7-5. (Taylor is purple and gold) This tied up the record at 5-5. I had a great interception as the football bounced of Munyao’s head!

Other than that Christy is working today on our 4-month anniversary. It has finally snowed, although it was nothing of consequence!

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: David Rubenstein, Save Darfur Coalition;
Date: Jan 10, 2007 6:46 PM
Subject: Breaking News: Cease-Fire Agreement in Darfur
To: me

Dear Nick,

I want to share some important news from Khartoum. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson just released a joint statement with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir that, if implemented, would bring some immediate security and relief to the people of Darfur as well as provide a clear path forward to long-term peace in the region.

We asked Governor Richardson to travel to Sudan to discuss ways to secure peace in Darfur and to end the genocide. The Governor was accompanied by Save Darfur Senior International Coordinator Ambassador (ret.) Lawrence Rossin, Refugees International Executive Director Kenneth Bacon, and Public and International Law and Policy Group senior attorney Amjad Atallah. Since Sunday, when they arrived in Khartoum, Governor Richardson and the delegation have visited Darfur and participated in a variety of meetings with government officials, rebel leaders, humanitarian officials, AU commanders and UN officials.

The promises from President Bashir in this agreement are encouraging. They include commitments to:

  • A 60-day ceasefire with an international peace summit to be held before March 15, 2007.
  • Sudan’s cooperation to work with the African Union and United Nations on the deployment of a hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur.
  • Ensuring “zero tolerance” policies for gender-based violence in Darfur.
  • Free access for humanitarian aid workers and journalists.

Click here to read the full joint statement and the press release.

Your concerns for the people of Darfur were voiced directly to President Bashir by Governor Richardson and Ambassador Rossin. We believe that today’s agreement offers a promising step forward to end this four-year nightmare for the people of Darfur. By no means, however, has the genocide ended.

We call urgently upon Sudan, the United Nations, the African Union, and the Bush Administration to make these promises become a reality for the long-suffering people of Darfur.

We must demand that the international community take advantage of this dramatic progress. Your help in this effort will be vital in the months ahead.

Thank you for your contribution to these new developments.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 175 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region. To learn more, please visit

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If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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On this rainy (somewhat) warm January Friday afternoon I’ve got nothing major to report other than being self/un-employed isn’t extremely fun and a little boring!

Christy and I plan to take this upcoming Perspectives course.

Check out some really cool pictures here.

Other than that not much happening! Christy’s working on a Christmas scrapbook!

Christy and I have been reading this book off and on since our wedding and it has had some great thoughts and insights throughout. Many are applicable to both couples and individuals. Here are some recent insights:

Pslam 5:3 “In the morning I lay my expectations before you and wait in expectation. ”
How timely as we begin to wait to see where God shall lead us into the future.

“When several paths await you and you wonder what to do, hold one another’s hand and seek God. He’ll show you what to do, and the two of you can move forward, hand in hand, just the way it was intended to be.”

James 1:23-24 “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what It says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

This devotion used the story about a carousel ride and taking your life in circles:

“My life can be like that carousel. I am drawn in by the music and lights, and I pick a horse that I think will take me somewhere enchanting. I laugh and enjoy the ride, never thinking about how I’m passing the same things over and over. I don’t hear that the music is canned, notice that the scenery is painted, or see that the people around me aren’t going anywhere either. Until something breaks the illusion.
Please don’t misunderstand. Carousels are wonderful rides for children and fun experiences for adults, but too many of us never get off the blasted thing. We continue the illusion of actually going somewhere or doing something significant while we’re spinning around a painted destination.”

It goes on to say:
“Each of us was created with a mission and a purpose that was placed in us before the world’s foundation. But we get distracted.”

I know these words are a challenge for Christy and I as we move forward in our life together. I hope they challenge you to look forward to this new year and new beginning and that you’ll take the chance to get of the carousel if you need to.

Pray for us and let us know and we’ll pray for you.

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