Women’s StoryTogether Project

Last year, a colleague in Burkina Faso started launched a Lottie Moon Project (it’s like Kickstarter for IMB) with the goal of raising $30,710 to train women to train women to share God’s stories. Wait what? Train to train to…?

Well, you teach someone Bible stories but how much better is it to teach them to teach others? The coolest thing is that the group consists of 32 women from eight different languages. They’ve already had two five day workshops and have several more planned.

The women not only learn how to tell the stories but they craft indigenous songs based on the stories they learn (see the video below). These worship songs are just another tool that helps them to remember and to teach the Bible stories to others.

Finally, they are learning how to craft additional stories on their own. This means that after this project’s two year limit is up, they can continue crafting and training other women from their ethnic groups.

I had a chance to attend the workshop one day last month and it was really impressive to see how dedicated these women were to learning the craft of storying. If you’d like to contribute financially to this project just follow this link to its project on IMB.org. If you can’t contribute that way, you can definitely¬†pray for the workshop leaders and for the women participating in the training. Between workshops, they go back home and put into practice what they’ve learned – sharing the truth of Scripture with their family and friends in the heart language!

South Africa Safari

I just got back from a two week trip to South Africa to work on a media project about Africa’s rapid urbanization. After the coverage was wrapped up, my team took a day trip to Pilanesberg National Park to go on safari. I was there in early 2015 but was happy to go back¬†and see the incredible wildlife. It really is the best park to visit to get the most wildlife bang for your buck.

Here’s a montage of video clips from the day followed by some photos.

 

Christmas Church Service in Kolinvaai

As in years past, we went out to Kolinvaai to join our friends there for a Christmas morning church service. I was asked to preach and so I read the Christmas story from Luke and then focused on Simeon and Anna’s encounters with the Christ child. There was lots of singing and dancing after the sermon and the youth choir sang a few songs as well.

After the service the church enjoyed a meal of rice balls and ground nut soup together. They always treat us as honored guests and give us our food in fancy dishes to “take away.” Sometimes we wish we could stay and fellowship with everyone else, but it’s also nice to go home and get a little rest before we head to town and spend a few hours greeting all of our friends.

BMC Christmas Eve Caroling

As in years past, the expat doctors at BMC visited patients on the wards on Christmas Eve and passed out oranges. This year it was just the Cahills and us and we were joined by our German friend Mattis.

One thing we did differently this time was that William read the Christmas story in Mampruli in each ward. It was nice to be able to communicate the reason we followers of Jesus celebrate this holiday. For many is was probably the first time they heard the story in a clearly communicated in their heart language.

Mamprusi Dancing at Funeral

I thought this guy was a great example of typical dancing in a smock at Mamprusi cultural events.

Christmas Tree Time Gets an Upgrade

Every year we do a little timelapse video of our Christmas decoration. In the past they were simply recorded on my laptop’s webcam. This year the process got a high tech upgrade and is now a 360 degree, 4K video. Have fun spinning around in circles to keep up with the action!

See all the past years’ below: Read More