Archive for April, 2007

Its been awhile…

Friday (4-6) Mom and Meg came over for the night and to attend Run Windigo. We had a fun time together, despite getting up at something like 6:30am! We hadn’t seen them for about a month so it was nice to see each other in the flesh and fun to have them here!

Saturday (4-7) RUN WINDIGO… we awoke to record cold FREEZING temperatures, snow, and ice on the roads. Not the best way to have a good turnout at a 5K race. We ended up with about 50 people (this is more than in the past) and I think everyone had a good time. The Anderson Road Runners may post results soon, so I’ll link to them when they do! Mom and Meg participated winning Second and First Overall Women’s Walk, respectively. Christy refused to participate this year and instead helped (very sweet of her!) After Mom and Meg left we just bummed around!

Sunday (4-8) EASTER We met Debi (Christy’s mom) for breakfast before church and enjoyed hearing about the resurrection of our Lord and a reminder of the power of His resurrection. We also got to see Gary and Sarah playing their French Horns in the Orchestra! We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon feasting and playing Apples to Apples before returning to Anderson for Home Teams (aka small groups!).

Christy made this cake for Easter Dinner: Its a Peanut Butter Chocolate cake! Delicious!!

Ok I think that’s all the official updates, now for some random ones…

I guess The Bridge played redubbed Jesus videos made by a church called Vintage 21.

My good friend and ex-roommate Jeff e-mailed from South Sudan and he now has a blog. (I’ll add him to my blog links list)

We did finally finish watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Have I ever said Facebook Me!

A two weekend project:


Colors used include Jute, Sarsaparilla, Cavern Moss, Sand Fossil, and Patches from the Pittsburgh Paints Grand Distinction’s Autumn Breeze Collection

I added a new sidebar widget to my blog! You have to actually go to the blog page to see it. I know this is tedious since most of the blogs I read, I read in Google Reader! But this widget lets you see the last several blogs that I’ve shared through Google Reader.

Essentially it is a new way for you to see what I’m reading and thinking is important! Isn’t that exciting???

I also imported my blog into my Facebook as notes, so you can check it out that way (with out my cool widgets!)

This is at the end of the New York Times story, I think it is powerful.
The headline reads: After Darfur, Starting anew in the Midwest

Despite the outpouring of support, there have been challenges for the Darfuri in Indiana. Misunderstandings along cultural lines persist, for instance. Africans who eat with their hands, as is their tradition, might draw stares at buffet restaurants, as might women wearing Muslim headdress while at work assembling auto parts. But in interviews, many immigrants from Darfur said they had found mostly peace.

“This place is quiet and the people are kind,” said Khadiga Abdalla, who left Darfur in 2003 and is studying nursing at a community college. “There is no problem here.”

With the $7.85 an hour she earns working in the plastics factory, Ms. Suliman has created her first real home, a place of safety and, to her, overwhelming abundance. She marvels at the central air-conditioning unit that also delivers heat when she is cold, at her refrigerator stocked with eggs and juice and beans. She is appreciative that the sun and rain do not come through her roof.

Her time in Fort Wayne has been peppered with many firsts: first time wearing pants, driving a car, using a fork, saving money in a bank account, not having to walk two hours for fresh water, being able to eat to the point of feeling full.

“One thing I still have a problem with is the nice food in America,” she said. “I keep the pictures of my family on my refrigerator to remember when we could not eat. It makes me sick. I do not like to remember.”

There is a picture of her husband on the refrigerator, too. They were separated during their chaotic nighttime flight from the approaching militia in the summer of 2005.

We read this last night and it was touching too.

From 1 Corinthians 10 (The Message)

11 -12
These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

13No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

14So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Camp Windigo working on the 5K race there this weekend and it was like 70’s. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Then we get a big storm and wake up this morning to 30’s. When I went running at Mounds, it was snowing.

All of this made front-page news at Anderson’s The Herald Bulletin, musta been a slow newsday!

Anyways, it supposed to be cold the rest of the week, including this weekend. Ugh…

What a sick state of affairs. Two stories in today’s national papers strike at stark comparisons in our world today.

The Washington Post headline reads

Clinton Shatters Record for Fundraising

With Hillary raising $26 million and the total estimates for all 2008 canidates is that they have raised well over $100 million dollars in 2007 and plan on continuing to raise more and more money as the election approaches in well over a year.

All of this while the New York Times headlines talk about Darfur refugees restarting in Fort Wayne and another entitled

Wedged Amid African Crises, a Neglected Nation Suffers

But unlike the suffering of its neighbors, the crisis in the Central African Republic has largely escaped the world’s notice. International donors pay about $1 billion to support the effort to feed and shelter two million displaced people in Darfur. Here that figure is about $50 million, United Nations officials say.

That has meant little assistance for people left utterly destitute. Jean-Charles Dei, the top official of the World Food Program in the Central African Republic, said on a visit to Otah on Friday that his organization had no food available to feed the 1,700 people hiding here. Its operations here are chronically short of cash.

In all, 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes in the three countries. In Darfur at least 200,000 people have died, and perhaps the toll is more that twice that number, though it is impossible to be sure without detailed mortality surveys. No one is sure how many have died in Chad, where the violence is linked to Darfur, or in the Central African Republic, which is a close ally of Chad’s embattled government and where diplomats and experts say rebels backed by Sudan have operated.

It is more than a little sad that people are willing to make the maximum allowable contribution to an election campaign $2,300 but aren’t willing to send money to help keep people alive or to stop genocide and needless killing fields. I guess its ok since its “just Africa” and they don’t have a strategic use anymore. Well that’s bularky!

$2,300 is more than many Africans can make in a year and would double the income for 6 people (of the over 1 billion) who are living on a dollar a day!

Did you know?

Did you know that in our world today:

  • One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day – are due to poverty-related causes. That’s 270 million people since 1990, the majority women and children, roughly equal to the population of the US. (Reality of Aid 2004)
  • Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that’s over 30,000 per day and one every 3 seconds.
    (80 Million Lives, 2003 / Bread for the World / UNICEF / World Health Organization)
  • Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day with nearly half the world’s population (2.8 billion) living on less than $2 a day. (UN HDR, 2003)
  • 600 million children live in absolute poverty. (SCF, Beat Poverty 2003).
  • The three richest people in the world control more wealth than all 600 million people living in the world’s poorest countries. (Source:ChristianAid)
  • Income per person in the poorest countries in Africa has fallen by a quarter in the last 20 years. (Source:ChristianAid)
  • 800 million people go to bed hungry every day. (Source:FAO)
  • Every year nearly 11million children die before their fifth birthday.
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