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You want it darker

The next morning I awoke at five am to the sounds of my bunkmates trying to quietly dress and go outside to watch the sunrise. Our shared room had two simple bunk beds, I had the only space that was…

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Like a bird on the wire

I have encountered very few places in my life that induce the soul tingling feeling of true difference. I am fairly well travelled, and also rather introspective; I know that it’s possible to be on the other side of the…

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Abolish Poverty Step 1

I’ve been to my share of third world countries and It’s often overwhelming. Talented artisans selling their beautiful handcrafts begging you to look at their artwork. Women and young children with their hands extended hoping for a handout. I sometimes…

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You are the village

I read this article last week about how a man in Burlington, Iowa paid overdue lunch fees for 89 children. If you think these are isolated incidents, or new, you can read about many more here, here, and here. Arguably,…

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Kageyo Garden Project Update – Jan 2016

Here’s some photos that I just received from our friend Theo in Kageyo, Rwanda. His photos show the great progress of the vegetables in the Keyhole Gardens. If you’d like to support the Kageyo Garden Project, feel free to visit…

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Do small things with great love

Lots of people reflect more at the beginning of the New Year, it seems only natural: a fresh start, a blank page on which the year’s adventures are yet to be writ. While I am usually pretty introspective, I find…

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Keyhole Garden Progress – December

We just received a few photos back from Theo, one of our partners in Kageyo, Rwanda.  He just sent us a few photos of the progress of the gardens.  These gardens are already producing vegetables for the communities.  To read…

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Starbuck

I live on Lake Huron, but I’ve never gone fishing or seen any large creatures in the wild. I’ve always been extremely indoorsy and things like that were never important to me. The older I get the more I come…

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Getting water in Rwanda

When I first landed in Kigali, Africa I expected the landscape to be like the Sahara desert.  Miles of parched earth and no vegetation.  Instead what I saw was a beautiful country with rolling hills and lush jungles.   There’s…

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Mud to make Bricks … and Gardens

The dirt was – without exaggeration – like concrete.  It had been sun-baked to a rock hard crust since the last rainy season.  This soil was rusty orange, and contained very little nutrients.  We first had to fracture the hard-pan…

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Peter’s New Glasses

I met Peter at a home visit today. As the bus was waiting, I took a walk down the road. I met an elderly lady with a colourful dress and one of my friends with me tried to start up…

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