The story began a couple of decades ago…
Well, not really, that’s just kind of where we joined the story, but for the purposes of this narrative, the story began a couple of decades ago, when my wife – then a little girl – saw the picture of another little girl, this one sponsored by her family in far away Africa, and wondered what life was like through her eyes. What struggles she faced, what the world she lived in was like… and how this girl in far away Canada could relate. Fast forward ten years and – now around twenty, her bags packed – she’s saying goodbye to teary parents on her way to see for herself. The majority of the last 10 years spent in Africa have seen that curiosity grow into a deep love for the friendly, kind, generous people of this great continent, and a burning passion to see their lives blessed.
Now let’s go back another 10 years when I, in my early twenties, having just finished an undergrad degree and recently entered the ‘real world’ of work and bills, contemplating grad school; begin feeling a deep unease/unsettling/unhappiness about the way my life’s going, about living just for ‘fun, friends and money’. When i begin wondering what I’m doing with my life that is making any difference in this world. This feeling eventually develops into an intense yearning to do something that matters, and this yearning leads me – in my mid-twenties – to coastal Tanzania, to learn/teach/live/love with one of the poorest people-groups in the country.
Again, fast forward to the present. We met (in Africa!), fell in love (with a proposal on top of Kilimanjaro!), and got married. This is several years and almost three kids later, with the majority of those years spent in Africa where one of those kids was born and two of them were at least partly gestated. Between the two of us we’ve now lived in or visited over a dozen African countries, and can at least get by in most of the trade-languages of the continent (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili, Somali… but only greetings in Amharic!), our love and passion for this vast and amazing continent continues to grow, as does our desire to see it’s peoples blessed. Yet after having spent almost two decades in the continent between the two of us, we keep coming up against our own limitations – our impact is so limited, and even counting all that’s been done by the organizations we’ve worked with, we’d love to see so much more done.
And so we decided to start this blog as an avenue to explore possibilities, to connect with people, to spread the vision – to see how we can do more, how we can see our efforts multiply, how we can see fatalism, corruption, poverty, ignorance and disease eradicated from this amazing continent which has in so many ways become our home.
We have ideas – but our exposure, our wisdom, and our knowledge is limited. We would love to connect with and learn from others who are already running systems that work; discuss, hone and improve on our ideas; and through this blog to spread our passion to the greatest number of people so as to see them – even in small ways – begin to engage. Our hope, our dream, our prayer is that in our generation we can see this continent transformed and blessing begin to pour out of Africa into the rest of the world.
Care to join us?