The Best Part of Waking Up…

When it comes to coffee, my first two weeks in Senegal were absolutely tragic.  At least, I think that they were. And that’s the thing-I can’t really remember. On October 25, 2009, I ran to the Starbucks closest to gate C25 in the DC airport as the stewardess glared at me and … [Read more...]

No Sacrifice [Here’s My Life.]

“To You, I give my life- Not just the parts I want to To You, I sacrifice These dreams that I hold onto Your thoughts are higher than mine Your words are deeper than mine Your love is stronger than mine- This is no sacrifice, Here’s my life..." Those lyrics come from a song … [Read more...]

The Least of These [Restorer of Streets With Dwellings.]

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” –Mathew 25:40 The average Senegalese person survives on less than $1600 a year. This means that the American world of excited five year old little boys and girls that line the … [Read more...]

There Is a Deeper Magic…

“If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards.” –Aslan, … [Read more...]

The God-shaped Vacuum [Faith is a Romance.]

 One of the fascinating things about life as an American in Africa, is that I have the unique opportunity to define the finer points of American culture for my students. For instance: as of November 26, 2009, there are approximately fifteen Senegalese students wandering around … [Read more...]

Audacious Faith

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before … [Read more...]