Thursday, September 26, 2013

Insanity Reigns Here

I have not been able to figure a good way to post about the terrible circumstances around the terror attack in Nairobi this week. It is a tragic time. Lillian attended a funeral today for a classmate's father who was killed. Yesterday our school, Rosslyn Academy, held a prayer service for the mourning. Our school family was lucky with only 3 students shot and two parents murdered. Others were far less lucky.

In monitoring the latest real news on BBC in a hope to find some answers to the situation I stumbled upon this latest insanity:

Zimbabwe elephants killed by cyanide

More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory by
poachers who used cyanide to poison a water hole in Zimbabwe's largest game park.
Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi confirmed the toll on Tuesday after touring Hwange National Park.
Wildlife department officials said the chemical also killed smaller animals and predators which feed on them.
Nine poachers were arrested after rangers tracked them to a cache of ivory hidden in the park.
"When we left Hwange National Park on Sunday, the total number of elephants that had died from cyanide poisoning was 81," Jerry Gotora, a director of the Zimbabwe parks department, told AFP.
"Several other animals have also died, but we don't have the total number yet."
The elephant death toll includes more than 40 elephants discovered following a poisoning incident in the 4,650-sq km (1,795-square mile) national park earlier this month.
There has been a rise in the killing of elephants and rhinos in parts of Africa in recent years, mostly to feed demand for horns and tusks in Asia.
Feeling a bit frustrated this week with the selfish corruption that creates an environment that allows terrorists through immigration checks and mass poisoning off many breads of animals to get ahold of a handful of tusks to sell to China. 

May God have mercy on us all. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Blessing Life: A Journey to Unexpected Joy

Living in a land that is deeply touched by the "Prosperity Gospel" that threatens to derail much of the sound discipleship poured out by generations of missionaries I find great encouragement in the latest book by Gerrit Dawson.

He hits the point right off:

"The Bible tells a blessing story.  God created us to live in the favor of his blessing love.  So we have to rescue the word blessing from the shallow definitions that involve getting more stuff, experiencing fewer problems or simply having things turn out our way.  The heart of blessing in Scripture involves a vibrant relationship with the triune God who loves us utterly.  Running like a golden thread through its pages is His repeated promise, 'I will walk among you, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people.'"

Don't hesitate to pick it up at Amazon and dive into its 200 pages of thinking through a true blessed life.