So I had something cool happen to me. I submitted an article to Relevant Magazine, one of my favorite things to read, and they posted it on a website they run, Reject Apathy. It talks about my journey to South Africa, why I wanted to go there, and the outcome of my time there. Check it out:
It is now the morning of January 1st, 2010 her in South Africa and the U.S. is partly into the new year as well (one hour to go for the west coasters). 2010 is a very big year for South Africa. The world will be watching as the World Cup comes here in June. (That’s soccer for those of you who don’t know) I’m bummed to leave before it starts, but I know 2010 will be an exciting year filled with adventure for me as well.
Christmas was lots of fun as all 4 of us volunteers all worked the whole day in the home. We took turns disciplining and doing whatever else was needed. It was a long, but fun day. I just shaved a beard I had been growing for 2 months. When you are 9,000 miles away from your girlfriend, these are the kind of things you do. There’s one kid who always is scared of something. When I put him to bed, he always says, “I’m scared for the thunder” or scared of something else. One night he said, “I’m scared for the beard.” I think that was the clue to shave.
I never thought I was the tattoo getting type. Why would you want something on your body forever? I gave in and joined the inked craze. Last week I got a tattoo on my arm that says, “”SEEK JUSTICE, LOVE MERCY, WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.” It’s Micah 6:8, my life verse and my marching orders for life. I also have an outline of Africa in the middle of the words, so to always have Africa and the people here on my mind…and arm.
This has been a great year here in Africa, I have 4 more weeks to end well here before I leave. I will definitely miss all the people I’ve met here and the kids who I’ve come to love. I came here, because I only had heard of statistics of the kids in need. These numbers have faces. I have come to love kids who have HIV, who are orphaned, who live in poverty, and this is just the beginning in my journey with them. Even though I might not be here after this month, doesn’t mean I will stop fighting for them.
If you are the praying type, please pray for a job and a place to stay in Chicago.
I will be spending 3 weeks or so in CA before heading to Chicago. Hope to run into you.
It’s always so cool to see your friends go on and do great things. Let me introduce you to Jonathan Korszyk, a.k.a Vienne. He is one of the most talented and humble guys I know. Check out his stuff at www.myspace.com/vienne
So I guess the saying is true. I hadn’t really ridden a bike in years, but cycled across a country this past weekend. Yes, you read correctly, although it was the tiniest part, I cycled back and forth across Mozambique.
Along with my two friends Marc and Tony, I cycled 220 kilometers total and traveled on train probably 5 times that. It was a great time for us to spend our school holiday just to get away, have an adventure, grow closer to God and each other. We cycled from the South African border to Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. We got to spend a few days relaxing, experiencing the culture, and getting to meet a bunch of amazing people. Also the whole weekend we were stared at. You see Marc is 6’4”, Tony is 6’6”, and I am 6’7”. Plus our new friend Stella took us where not a whole lot of other white people were. It was hilarious as people wanted to shake our hands and Marc even had a request to have a picture taken with him. I guess they thought we were famous.
I especially loved the times on the road. It was so cool to see kids come out from their huts in the middle of nowhere to come wave at us. I had some great times just thinking about the future, praising God for His creation, and singing at the top of my lungs. I definitely had a ” I can’t believe I get to live this life” moment a few times during our trip. I’m very glad to have a few weeks of school holiday left, before I head back to school.
And now for your viewing pleasure check 20 seconds into this video:
The people here don’t know what a hoedown is…it’s pretty funny.