Thursday, November 15, 2007
In North America, we often use the terms "family" and "extended family" to differentiate close relationships. I am grateful for the love and support of every one of you, family and friends alike, as I prepare for a month in Maseno.
In Africa, I am told, there is no such differentiation. There is only "family," or tribe. Perhaps that is how neighbors and grandparents and even nine-year-old siblings manage to care for children who have lost a whole generation of parents to disease.
We can help in both word and deed. "Hands and hearts," we remind ourselves. "Help us to walk in the footsteps of Christ," we pray. Your hands will be working, your hearts will be loving, and your footsteps will be walking beside mine.
We all have much to learn from, as well as give to, our brothers and sisters in Kenya. With the hope that we might learn together, I will try to send messages from Maseno. There is no computer access at the hospital, but there is a university cybercafe nearby.
Many of us will be with family or extended family for the holidays. You will be in my prayers as I travel, in response to Nan and Gerry Hardison's generous invitation to "come and see." Please keep me -- and God's one beloved family throughout the world -- in yours. Thank you.
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