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Monday, October 28, 2013

Massai Mara video highlights

After dropping out kids off at school last month, Scott and I took two days to explore the nearby Massai Mara, one of Africa's most incredible game reserves and celebrate our anniversary. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. It was truly incredible! Here are some video highlights I thought you might enjoy.

Lisa




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life in Africa: Thirsty Anyone?

Ever thought about how blessed you are to be able to walk into your kitchen and get water from the faucet?

Here is the second in a series of short, fun videos sharing about life in Africa from a kid's point of view. Consider sharing these with your kids, grandkids, or Sunday School classes.

To learn more about what The ECHO Project is doing to make a difference in the lives of individuals and how you can help, you can visit the website.

Click on the arrow in the box below to watch the video and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Perspectives


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These past couple weeks, we've been hit extra hard with the news of so many tragedies.  Scott's father's best friend for forty years was killed in a car accident. Four young boys from one of the villages we work in drowned in the ocean. We were first responders to a tragic accident outside of town and had to transport a man to the hospital who had just lost his arm. On top of that, both of our boys had friends who were in the Nairobi mall during the terrorists attack. They survived without injuries, but the emotional impact has affected all of us.

As this news hit us over the span of a few short days, I was reminded of the simple fact that life is short. We are here for a time, then vanish in an instant. There aren't even any guarantees we will see tomorrow.  

God confirmed this to Isaiah when he said 'Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.'

Through all of the tragedy, I have been reminded again why we are here. Paul made it very clear that we are fighting, not against those around us, but a spiritual battle. Against the rulers and authorities of the unseen world. Which was why he then goes on to write in Ephesians 6:14 that we need to put on every piece of God's armor so we can resist the enemy in the time of evil.

He calls each one of us to be in a relationship with Him. As fragile as life might be, He loves us. He has called us to be a light, to serve and to love those around us. And He will give us the strength we need for the task He gives us to complete.

A quote I recently read by Tullian Tchividjian sums it up well. "We don't need answers (to suffering) as much as we need God's presence in and through the suffering itself." 


Friday, October 04, 2013

Life in Africa

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with you ten fun, short videos we made to share more about life in Africa from a kids point of view, in connection to The ECHO Project. Consider sharing these with your kids, grandkids, or Sunday School classes.

To learn more about what The ECHO Project is doing to make a difference in the lives of individuals you can visit our website.

Clink on the arrow in the box below and enjoy!

Lisa