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Free Rice

Listening to Edgar Meyer right now...I was just over at www.freerice.com, where it took me a couple minutes to donate 400 grains of rice for free through the UN World Food Program. Next time you're surfing the web, head over to this site and just answer a few vocab questions. That's all it takes!

Should Children Witnesss Childbirth?

Thought this was a fun little story:

Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. Kathleen quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place......smack his ass again!"

Compassionate

We are wrapping up a series at Saturday Night Grace entitled "In Search of a New Heart." I had the chance to open up the series with a look at the compassionate heart. We shared stories from our spring break mission trips to Memphis and Honduras and I followed up with some thoughts on compassion. If you have 15 minutes, you can listen to the teaching here http://www.illinilife.org/study.

Today's Prayer

Just finished reading Pilgrim Heart by Darryl Tippens, and found this prayer by Thomas Merton in the last chapter. A prayer that seems all too fitting for the story that I have found myself in this very day...

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

Casa Hogar Vida

Translation: "House Home Life"

It's not as soul-stirring when you say it in English, or so I've been told by native Spanish speakers, but Casa Hogar Vida is a life-changing project that Iglesia Gran Comision has begun in Choluteca, Honduras and we got to encounter the construction during its genesis phase.

I'm sad that I haven't posted much yet about our adventure in Honduras. We've been back for a couple weeks now, but life just now seems to be easing up on the accelerator. We've unpacked. Caught up on email. Cleaned the apartment. Replenished the fridge. Sent out our newsletter.

And, likely, we've begun to slip back into our numbed reality once again.

Perfect time to go back and reflect then. :)

A few years ago, the Fawcett family crossed the pond and visited Honduras for the first time. Ian and Julie had finished up seminary near Nottingham and were ready to confront some of life's greatest challenges: poverty and HIV/AIDS. For years, they had a…