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Lets talk about love. Or faith. Or grace. Or hope. Or change. Or the impossible. And Africa.

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    "It’s never better than where you are" |  Life is moving at a rapid speed, the dreams I have seem impractical and absolutely necessary at the same time. I enter another year with eagerness and curiosity, reminding myself that the best place to be is here.

    "It’s never better than where you are" | Life is moving at a rapid speed, the dreams I have seem impractical and absolutely necessary at the same time. I enter another year with eagerness and curiosity, reminding myself that the best place to be is here.

    — 1 month ago

    Just discovered this video today which includes all of the footage of my time in Lesotho. Watching this brings me straight back. All the emotions, all the joy, all the smiles, all the truth. 

    — 6 months ago with 1 note
    #lesotho  #africa  #mega voice 
    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/life-after-death-in-chicago/ →

    Important, powerful visual aid of the happenings in Chicago. I’m confident that what I am studying in school is worth something. 

    — 7 months ago
    A friend of mine is student teaching in LA this semester. Each week her kindergarden class learns about a new country, in which they pray for. This week is South Africa. She emailed me about a week ago asking if I would tell her class about my time there. I agreed, and today we Skyped. It was a new experience for me—- explaining such a place of misery, beauty, challenge, hope, confusion, and dynamic divide. Its good practice for me to describe my love for South Africa to a younger audience, and I’m grateful for the 18 minutes I tried to do so today. My friend emailed me afterwards telling me that the class is really good about praying for the world. I told her that was good, because South Africa could use some extra prayers right now. 

    A friend of mine is student teaching in LA this semester. Each week her kindergarden class learns about a new country, in which they pray for. This week is South Africa. She emailed me about a week ago asking if I would tell her class about my time there. I agreed, and today we Skyped. It was a new experience for me—- explaining such a place of misery, beauty, challenge, hope, confusion, and dynamic divide. Its good practice for me to describe my love for South Africa to a younger audience, and I’m grateful for the 18 minutes I tried to do so today. My friend emailed me afterwards telling me that the class is really good about praying for the world. I told her that was good, because South Africa could use some extra prayers right now. 

    — 7 months ago with 4 notes
    #nelson mandela  #south africa 
    I’m going to keep my head down, intently and intentionally soaking in as much creative overflow as possible. If I were to look up and see the places I could be, and the children I could love, I would be long gone. I know that what I am  learning now, creating now, loving now, is important and valuable. It is worth something and will be utilized in the future. For now, I will cherish what I am doing, praying for what will come.

    I’m going to keep my head down, intently and intentionally soaking in as much creative overflow as possible. If I were to look up and see the places I could be, and the children I could love, I would be long gone. I know that what I am  learning now, creating now, loving now, is important and valuable. It is worth something and will be utilized in the future. For now, I will cherish what I am doing, praying for what will come.

    — 7 months ago with 1 note
    Towards the end of my time in Enkanini I worked alongside community members to paint a few shacks with the little amount of paint we had left. The paint adds a layer of insulation and helps to keeps metal from rusting. I bought some green paint and decided to paint the world map. Halfway through, I looked behind me and there was a crowd of men watching intently. Once I had finished, I showed the group the paper map I was drawing from and they noticed I left out Greenland. I asked them who would like to finish, and they pointed out this young man, Soso. He was embarrassed, but everyone was in agreement that he would be the best choice. I handed him the paintbrush and encouraged him to finish. I stood watching for a while, and before I left he said to me, “I like art so so much”. Collaborating with Soso was such a gift.  

    Towards the end of my time in Enkanini I worked alongside community members to paint a few shacks with the little amount of paint we had left. The paint adds a layer of insulation and helps to keeps metal from rusting. I bought some green paint and decided to paint the world map. Halfway through, I looked behind me and there was a crowd of men watching intently. Once I had finished, I showed the group the paper map I was drawing from and they noticed I left out Greenland. I asked them who would like to finish, and they pointed out this young man, Soso. He was embarrassed, but everyone was in agreement that he would be the best choice. I handed him the paintbrush and encouraged him to finish. I stood watching for a while, and before I left he said to me, “I like art so so much”. Collaborating with Soso was such a gift.  

    — 9 months ago with 4 notes
    #world map  #africa  #south africa  #enkanini  #art  #painting  #mural  #map mural 
    I’m convinced, being brave is the most extraordinary thing you can be.

    I’m convinced, being brave is the most extraordinary thing you can be.

    — 9 months ago
    #boats  #fog  #marina  #milwaukee 

    Heart is melting. 

    — 10 months ago

    Sondisa, 14 years. 

    — 10 months ago
    #Sondisa  #Enkanini  #south africa 

    While in Enkanini I spent a majority of my time interviewing some of the children. Sondisa was one of the few who spoke enough english that we could have a conversation without a translator. Listen to his dreams, and listen to his struggles. 

    — 10 months ago with 3 notes
    #Enkanini  #south africa  #africa  #Sondisa  #interview 
    appendixjournal:

An ultra hi-res missionary map of projected railroads in Africa from 1908.

    appendixjournal:

    An ultra hi-res missionary map of projected railroads in Africa from 1908.

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

    — 11 months ago with 52 notes