Archives For May 2011

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Earlier this week, Campus Outreach D.C. staff person Matt Hill went missing after meeting with a college student. Within a day, family and close friends were using social media to urge people to join in the search. A Twitter account (@findmatthill) and facebook page (FindMattHill) were set up and by yesterday evening the facebook page had over 10,000 fans and the twitter account over 2,000 followers. Flyers were distributed at the Washington Nationals game with his picture and vital statistics. The FBI, local authorities, and megachurch Capitol Hill Baptist joined together hundreds of volunteers which utilized a six-foot map of the surrounding area marked off into a search grid to try and locate the missing young man. Today, friends and family reported that Hill had been found alive and well some 470 miles south of his last known location. He has said he left of his own free will. Little else is known.
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I used to have a lava lamp. I loved watching the goo inside undulated from bottom to top and back down again. Whatever that stuff is inside the lamp gets lighter when it is heated and rises to the top. Then, as it cools off again, it sinks down to the bottom. This happens over and over until you get bored and walk away or turn it off. Continue Reading…

    “I want the world to know I’m a human being,” Samson says. “Although I have a terrible disease, I still have feelings, I still have fears, and I’m still a child of God. It’s a very strange things when you’re sick and your entire community, people who have known you for years, treat you like a leper.”

    I nod, and my eyes focus on a handful of strange-looking spots spread out on his face. They look like boils.

    “I want you to take my picture. And under the picture, I want you to write, ‘The body of Christ is suffering.’” (from Scared, by Tom Davis, Kindle loc. 674)

Tom Davis’ Scared is a fictional account of his real experiences traveling in and through Africa. With sometimes brutal clarity the book weaves together the lives of Stuart, an award winning photo journalist on the verge of becoming a has-been, and Adanna, a young girl in Swaziland, struggling to live from day to day, destined to become a never-was.
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The Dark Continent?

May 16, 2011 — 3 Comments

I grew up in a church affiliated with denomination that focuses a lot on foreign missionary endeavors. Every year, around Christmas, our church took up a special offering to honor Lottie Moon, a missionary to China in the late nineteenth century. She is the closest thing Southern Baptists have to a Saint. We assembled little cardboard boxes about the size and shape of those that contain animal crackers, with a slot on the top. During Advent my brothers and I scrimped and saved our pocket change and put it in these makeshift banks. On the appointed Sunday, our box returned to our church and joined dozens of others as we did our part to support the efforts of our foreign missionaries.

As I grew older I participated in our church’s annual Missions Conference. One week a year we called together all furloughed missionaries our church supported and had them set up information tables, share in Sunday School classes, and chat with people during the Wednesday evening spaghetti supper. I can still smell the garlic bread, taste the sweet, yet acidic canned red sauce on the overcooked noodles, and feel the plastic utensils against my Styrofoam plate. I listened in awe, regaled by tales of otherwise normal people uprooting their lives to take literally Christ’s commandment to go into all the world, preaching the Gospel.
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