Monthly Archives: December 2011


As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every … Continue reading

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Park “W”

Over the Christmas break, we went with the Lehman family to Park “W,” a game park that is jointly run by Niger, Benin, and Burkina Faso. We stayed at a really cool Eco lodge that’s on an island in the … Continue reading

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Politics of Christmas

What does Christmas mean to you? Ugly sweaters? Eggnog? Elf? Christmas matters, but it is easy to think otherwise, buried as we are under a flood of schmaltzy tinsel that inundates us year after year. Usually I just kind of … Continue reading

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Girls at Risk School

I had the privilege of visiting the Niger Vocational Training Center last week. It is a school for Nigerien girls, that offers them a chance at education and empowerment. Very often, girls here are married off as young as 12 … Continue reading

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My Year in Reading

Every year The Millions has a feature called “A Year in Reading” that I really enjoy. Throughout the month of December, they publish a bunch of short little articles where people of note (most of them writers, but other kinds … Continue reading

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Harmattan Sunset

One evening, while my parents were here we decided to go to this little restaurant on the river. We rushed to get there by sunset. We made it in perfect time and took our pictures. We then sat down and … Continue reading

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The Other Side

“I hate the very noise of troublous man Who did and does me all the harm he can. Free from the world I would a prisoner be And my own shadow all my company”[1] – John Clare Solitude is something … Continue reading

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Surgical Camp

This last week has been crazy (in a good way), and that is, at least partially, why we have been slacking with the blog posts. We had a medical team come to the hospital to run the cleft lip and palate … Continue reading

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While my parents were here, we went to see one of the last remaining herds of wild giraffes in West Africa. We had a guide take us through the very bumpy, sandy terrain. Thank God for 4 wheel drive!

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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mos Def – Time vs. Space

I just finished reading The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, and I thought it was really great. I had so many observations, that I think I will split them up into two posts. So here is the first one. The … Continue reading

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