When one blogs as sporadically as I do, one is bound to have tons of ideas for blog posts that never made it online. Lucky you, I've decided to post again - but the cheap and easy way by clearing out my blog idea folder. It is a very big folder that only grows and never shrinks... here is one small step toward the shrink.
A short article on controversial "slum tourism" in Kenya. This hits us as well - we don't take visitors to the shacks, slums, and townships "just to look." Well meaning, kind hearted, caring people want to see what it looks like in the informal settlements, but it's hard to find a way to let them know that it isn't cool to drive through and look at poverty. Another dilemma.
I found the rejesus "Faces of Jesus" gallery fascinating, which led me to plan to explore the rejesus site. Turns out I never did that, although I was interested enough to plan to do it and then blog about it. So maybe someone out there will figure out what rejesus is all about and let me know. Thanks.
Seriously, that didn't make a dent in my "want to blog about" pile. And that pile doesn't even include actual original ideas, which is a whole separate pile that I keep avoiding because you'll all be mad at me when you find out what I really think. :)
Which leads to this question - did anyone actually read anything linked in this post? If so, what? And why did you choose that link? I'd love to know, because I'd like some help rethinking this blog. Until then, I'll just keep digging through that folder of old ideas that never made the cut.
It has been a month and seven days since my last post on this lonely blog. In case you were wondering, based on my last post, I'm actually back from Zimbabwe. Have been for a while.
A lot has happened in a month and seven days. Speaking of Zimbabwe, there is a new "unity government" with power shared between Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party that has been in government since 1980 and the two factions of the MDC. The MDC party(ies) holds an extra seat in Cabinet and the majority in Parliament, but no one believes Mugabe is down and out. We are hopeful that a new era has begun in Zimbabwe, but in any case, this welcome news is just the beginning of long road toward recovery. Keep up with Zimbabwe here.
On the home front, we've been busy with preparing for new business skills training, this time with a local partner. The sponsorships and Kids' Clubs in South Africa are on track, again, with local churches involved, and we're busy planning another Umzimba African Missional Theology Conference for July... yes, led, taught, and developed by local pastors and leaders. In South Africa, they say "local is lekker," and we believe that's true. Whatever we can do to empower and equip local churches to lead the way toward growing churches and sustainable development, we will do.
ServLife is growing. We have new staff in Indianapolis HQ supporting us and a new West Coast coordinator. This is exciting, and we are off to Thailand next week for a time of team building and strategic planning with ServLife team members from Asia and the USA.
Vusi is growing too. Seriously, he's the world's biggest and cutest baby. We can't believe how blessed we are to be his parents. He is a great gift, and we love him like crazy. Don't know if it will be before we get back from Thailand, but I'll post some pictures. You'll agree - he's off-the-charts cute.
And my parents are in town. To prove it, I'm posting a picture of my Mom that I took on my cell phone. Mostly, I'm just posting that to get her back for nagging about my lack of blogging. Love you Mom! Great to have them around, just hanging out, getting to know Vusi (and spoiling him, of course!), and helping out. They've been to all the tourist hot spots before, so this has been a great trip for Gram and Pop to spend time with their newest grandson.
Finally, I'm a little unsure about the direction this blog should take in the future. It has gotten pretty stale of late, with a few personal updates, a few ministry updates, and lots of links to information about Africa that you probably didn't read. Hmmm... this question is still rumbling around in my brain, so stay tuned.
Thanks to both of you, dear readers, for sticking around. We'll see if we can't spruce this blog up in the coming months. :)
...with my political statements or my choice to write about politics (about once a year or so) on this blog, the conversation is happening on this post. Feel free to agree, disagree, or completely ignore anything I say, as long as you keep it civil and polite. Love and respect to you all...
Somehow my saved passwords got cleared out of the web browser that I use to post on this blog. That means that to log in to my blog and post and edit and what-not, I had to enter my username and password again. The only problem is that it has been too long since I've done that and I had no idea what my username or password is.
After four days of intermittent attempts to log in, I'm back to the blog. Maybe I'll even post something worthwhile sometime. Right now, though, Amy and I are taking my parents off to the wineland mountains for the day. :) Happy Friday!
So, what'dya think? Pretty sure most of my readers use RSS, but if you still look at this page at http://twoandtwomakesfive.blogs.com you'll see the new design. It's one of TypePad's new stock themes, so it isn't my own creation, but I finally came to the realization that my own creation wasn't very good. How's the new look?
I actually think it is pretty pompous when bloggers apologize for not posting. I suppose there a few big name bloggers out there, but really, I'm about four million readers short of that status. Two dear readers have asked me to blog again, and for you, here is my blog return. But no apologies. That's just weird.
Since this has turned out to be a pointles post about my lack of posting, I should mention that since Monday, we've not had internet access at home. I got online for a couple of hours Wednesday at a cafe to run through emails, and the telephone company finally showed up Thursday to get us reconnected. That solution lasted a few hours and we were offline again. For the moment, ADSL has decided to cooperate, and we're back online. But for who knows how long this time. TIA.