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Another day…another dollar

26 October 2008 A few people have asked me to describe a typical day in our life here. After thinking about it, I thought it would make for a good story, and if nothing else, bring a smile and a laugh to your heart wherever you are in your busy routine today. I had a

Getting the word out

22 October 2008 So we had a big victory today that I would like to share with all of you to give you a little “pick me up” after all the gloom and doom of lightning strikes and malaria cases. I need to give you a little backstory, though, first. One of the hardest things

Fighting Goliath

A few thousand years ago the Kingdom of Israel was at war against a vicious, oppressive people called the Philistines. The two armies were camped across a valley from each other in preparation for battle, and as often happened in those days, a champion from the Philistine side challenged any man from the Israeli side

unexpected challenges

12 October 2008 Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about Nuru International’s work here on the ground in our pilot project in Kuria, Kenya. Already, we have seen some incredible potential for the program to really have a significant impact in the community. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with

Fighting Goliath…

9 October 2008 One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about a poor shepherd boy slaying a trained warrior to save a kingdom. The story goes something like this…The kingdom of Israel was in combat against a tribe of people called the Philistines. The two sides were camped across from each other in

Birthday Wishes

Birthdays are a funny thing. Their value seems to deteriorate over time. As a kid, I remember thinking that my birthday was basically the most important day in history – minus Christmas of course. I would toss and turn all night long the night before my birthday thinking about how much fun the following day

My new beginning…

Thursday August 9, 2007One of the more uncomfortable “adventures” I had while in the Marine Corps was the prisoner of war (POW) training we had to go through at Force Recon. The Navy has this diabolical little school called SERE to accomplish this training. There, you learn (among other things) how to survive and resist

Working hands…

Tuesday July 31, 2007I just wanted to write a quick note to say that if you are sending anything to me in the mail, it’s probably a good idea to get any final letters in by the end of this week. The mail has been taking about three weeks to get here, and after this

Wake-up call

Tuesday July 24, 2007Sometimes the routine of work here can lull one into a false sense of confidence and complacency. Now that the Kakamega project is well under way, most of the major challenges of the startup have been met and solved. Daniel and I have now begun the actual execution phase of the operation

Dreams for the Millennium

In September 2000, the United Nations adopted a set of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the proposed intent to end extreme poverty by the year 2015. Since that time, much work has been done in international development to create sustainable solutions to poverty. Yet, today, according to the latest available data from the World

On rain, mosquitoes, and undeserving power of selection…

Tuesday July 10, 2007 I had a pretty good laugh at myself yesterday. We were experiencing a particularly fierce torrential downpour, and I found myself trudging along in the middle of it face down heading toward my next visit – miserable. I began to hear muffled laughter all around me. I looked up in surprise

Stars and Stripes

Tuesday July 3, 2007 Every time I go out to visit the farmers, I get a little nostalgic. The green rolling hills and simple life bring back rich memories of my life as a boy in West Virginia. The challenges and poverty here are much move severe, but the farmers I meet bear striking resemblances

Band-Aid

Before I forget, I wanted to post my address here. I don’t advise that you use it because anything you mail takes about 10 days to get here, so email is probably the best way to get in touch with me. However, mostly for Mom’s sake (who has been faithfully sending me one letter a

Rookie on the Job

Tuesday June 19, 2007After finally arriving Nairobi (at about 6:00am), I began the saga of traveling to Bungoma. I bought a cell phone in the airport and got the Safaricom service (as directed by Andrew). I haggled with the lady for quite a while on the price, but, in the end, I’m pretty sure I

Africa

When I was at West Virginia University, my friend John Hancox and I formed some pretty big dreams to “do something big” to change the world and serve God. We had no idea what that would look like. These dreams were vague images that we threw together in hopes of finding true satisfaction and fulfilment

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