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17 posts from April 2007

April 30, 2007

Bono and Africa

TEDtalks is a great organization bringing the wold's greatest thinkers and doers together. This is an incredible talk Bono gave that outlines, in detail, his views on Africa.

April 26, 2007

Writing Weekend

I'm off on a writing weekend with my good friend, and writing coach Lisa Samson. She and her husband Will, who is also an accomplished writer himself, will be helping me shape my novel Scared, that will debut in the summer of 2008. They have a writing retreat center called, The Laughing Owl (lots of pictures here!) where we will be outside Lexington, Kentucky.

Also, Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds, is out for pre-order on amazon. Click on the title or the book cover on the left if you'd like to cue it up for a pre-order.

April 25, 2007

Africa Malaria Day

Today is Africa Malaria Day. Malaria affects 500 million people a year and kills over 1 million people each year. 80% of those deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. An African child dies every 30 seconds from this disease. This should anger you and break your heart? Why? Because Malaria is a treatable, preventable disease. For less than $10, people can receive an insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) that could save their life. People can also be treated with combination drug therapies to kill the disease if they are infected with it. Here are some organizations you can give towards to help with this senseless crisis. Nothing But Nets, Compassion International, Freedom From Hunger. We can help save Africa - together!P1000022

April 24, 2007

Inspirational Quotes

I'm home on another snowy Colorado day and looking out the window at 9 inches of snow. Christmas at the end of April - wonderful! I ran across some inspiring quotes about what it means to be Christ in our broken world and someone who truly follows him. Hope they shine a light in your soul as they did mine:
from David duChemin's Blog

quoted anonymously

in Shane Claiborne's The Irresistable Revolution:
"All around you people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don't tiptoe."

And from Jacques Ellul, quoted in the same book:
"Christians chould be troublemakers, creators of uncertainty, agents of a dimension incompatible with society."

And finally, from MLK himself:
"We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside...but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved."

   

April 23, 2007

Johannesburg - The Most Dangerous City in the World

Sorry to give Joburg, South Africa, bad press, but truth is truth. Johannesburg is the most dangerous, deadly city on our planet. Recent stats show that there are over 50 murders per day, 700 assaults, 356 aggravated robberies, and 150 rapes. People, that's more deadly than Iraq. And they are hosting the 2010 World Cup? You can read the gory details in an article by Reuters/Africa here. My buddy, Gary Black is there now picking up his wife, Lisa. Be careful Black family! The good news is that they are at least trying to make the place safer for The Cup by adding 11,000 new police every year. You can read the hyped up, overly positive version Here.  One of the key reasons this happens in South Africa is the dividing line between the rich and poor. The rich live in luxury and look off their decks and the poor who are starving in the valley. And they don't care. No compassion, no kindness, nothing. Apathy is the worst kind of sin and if compassion doesn't take over in some way, there will be more bloodshed on the horizon.

April 22, 2007

Orphanage Sponsorship

The key to how we help orphans and orphanages is to have them sponsored by churches and Christian companies. I'm in Augusta, Georgia, home of The Masters golf tournament speaking and launching their sponsorship program. I'm excited to say that Warren Baptist Church is sponsoring 3 care points and sponsored over 200 orphans in Swaziland, Africa today. Way to go Warren!

April 19, 2007

Orphans Cheer for Madonna

Madonna is in Malawi adopting a second child from that country. Not only did she visit a center to rehabilitate children, she also visit a center to help former prostitutes. Thank God for people like Madonna who are doing more to bring awareness to the desperate needs of our world. Hopefully it will encourage the rest of us to step out of our comfort zones and engage in battling the darkness that overwhelms millions of the world's poor. Read the rest of the article here.

April 15, 2007

HIV and Mother to Child Transmission

One of the reasons HIV infections are on the rise in many countries in the world like Africa, India, Russia, and China is because of the number of infants getting the virus from their mothers. There are 3 ways an infant is infected with HIV: 1) Uterine (in the womb) 2) During delivery 3) Breast milk. There is a drug called Neviraprine, that helps to drastically reduce the chances of a baby being infected. The cost is relatively cheap (about $8) and the affects can be dramatic. There's a great article here in the UK Metro, that tells the story of a child who received the medication and was HIV negative and one who didn't and was HIV positive. The good news is that medication can be provided to these kids and it can save their lives. To give now, please go to the website of my friends at Compassion International to read about their AIDS initiative and to help provide Neviraprine to expecting mothers who are HIV positive. You can literally be part of saving a life!

April 13, 2007

This Is Getting Ridiculous

We're supposed to be in the middle of Spring. Not happening. Here's the view in our back yard. Honestly, this is getting a bit ridiculous! I'm ready for flowers budding and green grass. So much for global warming. I'm off to Seattle tomorrow for the weekend to speak at John Knox Presbyterian Church. I'll also get to connect with Wes for his birthday celebration, and Jennifer and Dano Jukanovich - good friends and board members.

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April 11, 2007

African Purses

Thanks to all of you who have responded about the purses. Many of you asked what they look like so here is a picture. They come in many difference colors and styles. The widows sell them for $15. We still have some left and are taking orders.
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