Tuesday, November 03, 2009

CRWRC Holds Travel-to-Africa Contest- Christian Reformed Church

CRWRC Holds Travel-to-Africa Contest- Christian Reformed Church

OK, friends and neighbors, how cool is THIS! I wonder if I can register to win even though I just returned from Africa, working for this same org? Hmmmmm.

Seriously, this is cool and you should all sign up!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


For the three of you that are kind enough to 'follow' this blog I thank you. However, I've decided that as much as I have a soft place in my heart for blogger as it being where I learned to blog (thanks to the good Friar!) I cannot justify maintaining two blogs and facebook. So I'm going to keep this account so that I can continue to comment on my blogger friend's but will be writing, hopefully more regularly, on my other blog. You can find me there, come and visit!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pancakes and Macs

I'm sitting at the Pancake Day Hall of Fame (you should all really come, it's great - and I'm bored).

I'm also trying to figure out how my Mac works. It's new and I don't really have a clue. There is also no one in this town that apparently has one. At least not anyone that I've found yet. I'm getting closer to getting things going though. Yea! Right now, however, I can only really do email, add contacts to my address book and use the internet. I'm having a hard time getting itunes up and running and my word documents to show up in a normal fashion. That makes it difficult to apply for jobs when my resume is all screwed up.

Yea, good times.

I am glad that I have a Mac though and someday it will be awesome I am sure. I just hope that day is sooner rather than later. I need me some learning.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

cheater, cheater

white trash ho

I just watched a video on CMT that included that line.

The commercial that followed it was for eHarmony.

That made me really laugh.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

new mags

OK, another quickie.

I bought two new mags this past weekend. Didn't know anything about them just bought them.

1. BUST - mag for women, thought that would be good. Not my type of mag I do not believe, althought did find some good and interesting things like yummy grilled cheese sandwich recipes.

2. yes! - 'buliding a just and sustainable world' haven't read this one yet, but still holding out hope it's a keeper. Afterall, it is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Quick update

I've been in the US for two weeks now. I'm definately still adjusting to say the least. I've ignored many of my emails, it's just too much right now. I keep up with facebook because overall those are fairly shallow conversations and responses. Anything too deep and I'm out for the moment.

I drove down to MI from Ontario today. I think I was grilled as much at the border as I have been in some African countries, and I'm a US citizen! For Pete's sake.

I am here the next few days and then back to KS to go through all of my earthly belongings and sale/give/pack things away. Good times.

That's about it for now, much to accomplish still on the 'to do' list.

First thing -- FIND my 'to do' list. I can't remember where I stashed it.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Two weeks/Three weeks

I cannot believe it but I leave Kenya, possibly for good, two weeks from tonight. I'll spend a week in London with friends and then land in Liberal three weeks from tonight.

Where does time go?

For my schedule over the next two months, please check out my other blog.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

UMMM . . .

Yup, I admit it. I really want one of these burgers. Maybe it's because I'm hungry and currently waiting for my lunch. Maybe a part is that I don't get a really satisfying burger here in Nairobi. Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment. Seriously, I'm going to die anyway, I plan on going down eating what I want.

Don't you want one now, too?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Minnesota jobs

Anyone have a good site or two for looking for jobs in the Cities?

Monday, March 23, 2009

long time

I've had problems accessing blogger for some reason, thus my absence. Pole sana, my friends! I hope to be a bit more present in the future.

I am doing well. I’m terribly busy with work and trying to prepare to move back to the US. I do not have a job waiting for me so I’m working on looking and applying for jobs all over the USA. If you hear of anything, please let me know. I know that this is a difficult time right now around the world.

Right now I can tell you the following for my calendar.

Here’s the short version –
6 – leave Kenya
7-13 – London with friends
13 – arrive in Wichita KS and drive on into Liberal with the fam
16 – sister Angie’s graduation from UTD in Dallas
17 – cousin Kara’s graduation from LHS in Liberal
19 – fly to Grand Rapids
23 – drive to Burlington, Ontario (will be assisting with orientation among other things)

Dates are up in the air but I will be in Colorado, Minnesota and Liberal for sure.

June is really flexible right now, I’m hoping to know more soon but I’d love to visit with each of you as time allows. I also hope that I’ll be able to be doing some job interviews during that time as well. God only knows.

A Message from a Christian farmer in Mali to the churches in the United States

Stephen Traore is a cotton farmer in the Fana district of Mali. He works hard to feed his family of 15 children and grandchildren. He also takes the time to serve as a lay leader in his local Evangelical congregation and the local district of over 23 churches. When CRWRC staff visited Stephen’s farm, he asked us to translate and transmit this message to the church in the US:

“I greet American people, I thank American people. I am very happy that you are asking about our difficulties in Africa. You can help us improve the price of cotton, so that we and the American people can be neighbors, so that we can send our children to school. Today, there are many difficulties in Africa, because of the low price of cotton, especially in my village. It’s been two years and now and we still have not gotten the money we are supposed to get for the cotton. We are very happy for your visit. Please take our message to your people in America. That is all. In the name of God, we thank you.”

Let us explain why Stephen is concerned. He and other hard working farmers like him in the cotton growing areas of Mali are negatively affected by globalization, and in particular US farm policy. They grow grain which they eat, plus cotton to sell for cash so they can buy fish, meat and vegetables, clothing and shoes, and pay school fees. The depressed price of cotton means their families are hungrier, and provisions are scarcer.

This is how US policy has impact across the ocean: the US government pays US corporate cotton growers for their cotton regardless of the demand. Ostensibly, these subsidies exist to protect American farmers from competitive markets, but in reality the top 10% of cotton-subsidy recipients (large agro-businesses) receive almost 80% of the money. Subsidies encourage growers to grow as much cotton as possible, much more than the US market can use. The surplus cotton gets dumped onto world markets, which drive prices down everywhere—including West Africa.

As he showed CRWRC staff his farm, Stephen said, “Yes, I have heard of the politics of cotton in Mali, Burkina Faso, China, and USA. The village was told by the company that buys the cotton to only have small or medium cotton fields since the price is low and not all may be bought. In the past I have had 12 or more acres of cotton planted but am down to 9 acres this year. Others have also reduced or have stopped growing cotton altogether.” We asked, “If the cotton prices were better, what would be the first thing that you would do or buy?” Stephen’s answer was immediate and simple. “Food. Meat.”

Both Democrat and Republicans leaders have supported ending cotton subsidies, and President Obama’s proposed budget sets new limits on direct payments to cotton producers. But the National Cotton Council of America (NCC) is lobbying hard to maintain the subsidies. The NCC succeeded in getting cotton subsidies restored in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The time could not be better for you to act and make a difference. Write or email your US Senate and House Representatives and tell them you support the limits on payments to cotton producers. Encourage them to push for legislation that is fair for everyone. Our tax support of American agro-business should not do harm to Africans struggling to feed their families.