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Skin in the Game

I am not one for political or even current issue posts. However, what we have seen in our nation in the past year is disturbing and scary. To be completely honest, I haven’t said anything because I don’t know what to say. I haven’t said anything for fear of accidentally saying the wrong thing. I haven’t said anything because what difference would it make? Probably none. But racism is still a very real thing. Profiling is a very real thing. I am very lucky to never have to personally be affected by these issues and likely never will be. But I know people who are and will be their whole lives. And it breaks my heart. There are broad generalizations on both sides: not all black men are criminals and not all cops are racist and/or brutal. Again, what do you say?

Recently I have seen and listened to many people discuss these issues and they say it much better than I can. So I thought I’d share. The first is Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. Although there is some fantastic comedic relieve (it is still The Daily Show) he gives a great perspective on police profiling and brutality and comparisons between this and other current “issues”.

“The point is you shouldn’t have to choose between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect” -Trevor Noah-

 

The second discussion came at church, where Andy Stanley scrapped his scheduled sermon last minute in order to address the issue. He had an on-stage, very real discussion with Sam Collier and Joseph Sojourner, two black men affiliated with North Point Ministries. This is something the church should be talking about, this is something the church has dealt with before, and this is something the church and its people can help deal with again. I highly recommend watching this. It’s not a sermon (at least mostly not), it’s a discussion. And honestly it’s one that left me feeling sad – sad that this is an issue and what these men have to face – and hopeless – hopeless that I cannot do anything to help. But I can pray for our nation, leaders, and my community. And at the very least I can say that I am not ok with what has been happening in my country.

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Nicaragua Wrap Up

I am back from an incredible trip to Nicaragua! I’m not going to post specific details because I already did that during our trip on our group blog: https://nicaraguanadventure2016.wordpress.com

But I did want to give a little overview here. I definitely had some expectations going into the trip because I have done mission trips in other countries, including Central America. I expected the work projects to be similar. I expected the lodging and food to be similar. I expected the overall experience to be good, but not as great as my other trips that were with good friends and some that were return trips to the same place. I now know better than to hold to expectations.

The people of Los Robles, Nicaragua blew me away. They are humble and grateful despite having practically nothing. They welcomed us into their homes, gave when they had little, and chatted despite our broken communication (minus our fluent leader). The children laughed and played and openly gave hugs to strangers who couldn’t communicate with them. And the people in our group REALLY blew me away. Most had not done a service or mission trip before. But everyone had a heart to serve, was easy going and flexible, and ready to have a great time, which is exactly what we did. God placed each one of us on this trip for a reason, and as our trip leader said, if just one person had not made and kept that commitment, the week would not have been the same.

I do hope to make it back to Los Robles, Nicaragua one day and also hope to see more of this beautiful country, which we got to see a little more of on our last day as tourists in Granada. Adios – until next time!


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Adios, Atlanta

The time has come! Seven new wonderful friends and I are leaving for Nicaragua this weekend! If you missed my first post, click here to learn what this trip is all about and why I’m going. A big thank you to everyone who supported me financially and made this trip possible. We have worked hard to prepare a VBS curriculum for kids in the area as well as put together 120 hygiene kits for those kids (with a wash cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a comb, and cup). These, and so many things we take for granted having readily available will be a huge gift for the kids we come into contact with. We will also be helping with some home improvement projects in the area.

I’m so excited for this experience – personally and for us as a group – and prayers this week are appreciated (especially for no volcano eruptions or tropical storms 😉 ). I’ll do a post or two when I get back, but while we are there I will be keeping our trip blog up-to-date. Visit the site and follow it if you want daily updates and pics! Can’t wait to share stories and [lots of] pictures! Adios!

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