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Nearing the End With a New Beginning

Nearing the End With a New Beginning

Preparing to celebrate

The first cohort of children should come on Saturday. We had originally planned on bringing them on Monday, April 25. We'll still have a community-wide celebration that day, but we believed it would be beneficial to have thorough clinical review of each child before the designated pediatrician (Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman) leaves. Further, we really don't want to make these children wait any longer than they have to. The absolute earliest these kids could arrive is Saturday, as we're working very hard this week on finishing the last touches at the farm – purchasing food for 3 months (grains, beans, etc.), connecting the power (God willing!), flushing the plumbing systems to make sure water flow works properly (thanks EWB!!), building soccer goals and playground equipment, cleaning everything and arranging all the furniture. There are a few meetings with different grant agencies and potential partners we want to have on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, so Lauren will have the weekend to see and arrange treatment for the kids at our center.

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Reflection

"The time is coming and is now here when you shall worship in spirit and in truth." John 4:23

Jesus goes out of his way to identify with people of ill-repute. In John 4, he engages with a Samaritan woman who has been married multiple times. He suggests she should ask for and receive Living Water – participation in the divine life that begins in the present moment and extends beyond any conceivable boundary including space and time. She asks for this water, and he responds by asking her to bring her husband. It then becomes clear that she does not want to discuss her marital history, and is surprised that Jesus knows this history. The discussion continues into the place of worship; Samaritans believed the location where worship should happen was Mount Gerizim, while Jews believed the place to be the temple in Jerusalem. The woman wants to know which location is correct, and Jesus continues to explain that real worship happens in Spirit, as is the nature of God, and truth, being faithful to our own nature.

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The kingdom of God belongs to such as these

My children met some of the boys who live on the streets of Maua, Laare and Mutuati today. 

They represented two different, understandable responses to the boys of these towns. Their responses are largely personality driven, but I can't help but find in them my own impulses. It completely misses the point to assess their behaviors as though one child responded correctly and the other incorrectly. We all have multiple instincts and manners of responding to adversity we see in other people.

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Easter reflection

Easter reflection

"Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee, 'the Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words."

Luke 24:6b-8

There is something startling about the faithfulness of God. God acts in bizarre and unexpected ways. Often, the fact that God's promise has been made true in history is more surprising than alternatives we could conceive on our own. Women came to Jesus' tomb, expecting the normal course of events – someone dies, their body is prepared for burial and you bring them gifts to pay respect. This is routine, normal and predictable. God, however, is not predictable – even in God's predictability. We are too ill-prepared for the bursting forth of life God intends for us, then when it comes we act surprised as though we couldn't have imagined what good thing was coming.

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