Lord, Thank You for Sending Me

Picture of sunrise in Kenya
17Feb

Lord, Thank You for Sending Me

In the book, African Safari for Jesus, Herman Bauman tells the story of a young missionary's prayer: “Lord send me anywhere to do whatever I can to share the message of Your love.” God’s reply: “Would you go to Africa?” His response, “Oh Lord, please, anywhere but Africa.”

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Picture of Carmen Parise with boys with disabilities in Kenya
19Mar

Humphrey for President

Biases and prejudices are often formed due to lack of knowledge, education, and exposure. We often base our expectations on appearances and environmental factors placing limitations and restrictions on individuals that often are unwarranted and ill conceived. I am no stranger to this behavior and recently had an opportunity to take a step back and have a closer look.

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Picture of the mountains of Guatemala
13Jul

Whatever It Takes

Like me, I’m sure many of you have heard family and friends voice their complaints of the cost (and sometimes quality) of our healthcare here in the United States. While I agree with much of these complaints—and find myself guilty at times of expressing my dissatisfaction—I make it a personal endeavor to remember the millions of individuals around the globe who face the reality of no healthcare options—not even a local “free” clinic to dole out aspirin and bandaids.

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11-month-old David smiling
27Apr

Smiles Abound

Kenya is now behind me, but the joy of my fruitful visit remains fresh in my mind. I followed up on dozens of projects, and results are encouraging. The opportunity to speak in 3 churches, spreading our Savior’s message of salvation, was amazing! Praise the Lord for opportunities to serve Jesus!

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Daisy and Pauline from Kenya
20Apr

The Matatu Connection

Travel throughout Kenya has been fantastic (although my luggage was temporarily lost, requiring an extra day in Nairobi until it caught up with me). This afforded the opportunity to check in with Gideon, 20, who attends a technical school in Nairobi. The delay also precipitated the need for a 9-hour ride across Western Kenya in a “matatu”. A matatu is a small van, designed to seat 7, but crammed with 12 seats. It’s not fast, but it is very inexpensive, offering a wonderful opportunity to partake of the sites, sounds, and smells of the region (no A/C so I contributed to the aroma).

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Child in poverty holding little brother and smiling
18Apr

On the See-Saw of Love

As I set out for a couple weeks in Kenya and Uganda I realize it has been 16 months since my last journey to East Africa. Not certain why that is…it’s a long flight, not fond of diarrhea and scabies, I miss my wife too much? Possibly, but most likely it’s the fact that it is easier to avoid the reality of hardship a big chunk of the world struggles with daily. Stuff I take for granted without concern.

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4-year-old Richard smiling with walker
04Jan

Across the Room, From Across the Globe

From the time of its inception, the Disabilities Ministry of Heaven’s Family has worked diligently to provide medical assistance to disabled men, women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished nations. Many cultures around the world view disabilities as a punishment or a curse and disabled children are often abused and neglected. My heart breaks for them, as I know yours does too.

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