The Most Powerful Weapon

Nelson Mandela has said “Education is the most powerful weapon by which you can change the world.” iThemba Projects is trying to change the lives of children in Mpumuza through education. They are starting by working from the lowest levels of education to the highest. Did you realize that the first 6 years of aContinue reading “The Most Powerful Weapon”

A Safe Person

A study of at-risk children by the University of Michigan showed that children who said they had an older person that they could share things with were much more likely to finish school and succeed later in life than their peers. The area of Mpumuza is lacking “safe people.” Apartheid, with its pass-laws which determinedContinue reading “A Safe Person”

Give Me Your Coffee? (Or fries, or frostys…)

Hello, coffee drinking college friends! This post is for you! (And if you hate coffee, keep reading, because it also applies to all those Wendy’s-loving, midnight-Burger-King-running, Payne’s-custard-eating friends, too). In a week David and I get on the plane to go to South Africa. That is, if David has his passport back from the SouthContinue reading “Give Me Your Coffee? (Or fries, or frostys…)”

Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela’s birthday was July 18th. South Africa’s former president is celebrated as a hero for his part in peacefully ending apartheid and ushering in the New South Africa, which strives to be marked by reconciliation, forgiveness, and respect for human rights. Every year on Mandela’s birthday, citizens in South Africa celebrate by trying toContinue reading “Mandela Day”

Worldliness: Hemlines or Helping Outsiders?

Romans 12:1 “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world…” “Worldliness” brings to mind junior-high lectures about the proper length for skirts, throwing out CD’s with bad words, and saying no to smoking. I was pretty good at following all those rules, so I used to gloss over those verses thinking, “Check, GotContinue reading “Worldliness: Hemlines or Helping Outsiders?”

Sustainer in the Midst of Stomach Bugs and Scratched Cars

“For by him all things were created: things on heaven and things on earth…He is before all things, and in him all things hold together…for God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by makingContinue reading “Sustainer in the Midst of Stomach Bugs and Scratched Cars”