running to stand still
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Today I got to spend a good part of the day with my dear friend Deanna. We started out shopping in the morning on the busy streets of Bujumbura which is always an adventure.
I had lunch with Melli and Ken Johnson and their fun family...
...Then it was back to Hieberts' for dyeing eggs with Maddy!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tonight I had dinner with my World Relief colleague and friend Sophonie and his family: his wife Lydia, their twin sons David and Samuel, and their daughters Doreen and Edwina. I'll miss being the recipient of this man's warm smiles and hugs and the outpouring of his great big pastor's heart.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Well, one week from today I'll be boarding a plane that will take me away from Burundi and back home to Oregon. There's a lot to say about my (almost) three years in this place of complexity and beauty, but instead I’ll tell you about some of those to whom I’ll be saying goodbye in a few short days.
Tonight I was invited to the home of Emmanuel and Asele. Emmanuel and I have shared an office at World Relief for over a year now. He is the former Africa director for a large organization which ministers to university students (Intervarsity in N. America). Asele is among the leadership of a ministry that disciples and trains women as leaders in their churches. Their kids Jolie, Lewis, and baby Elsa are intelligent and delightful. Emmanuel has recently left his position at GBU with the blessings of his superiors to pursue his dream of deepening his fellow Burundians’ understanding of scripture and what it means to live out the gospel.
I’m grateful for friends like these.
ps. Asele wins best hair in Burundi