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West African Vignettes

Jonathan, Kevin and Debbie share personal vignettes of life in Africa, including an interesting journey by public transportation, playing soccer, and enjoying an evening rich with sights, sounds and smells.

Lessons My Chook Taught Me

When the black kite is high in the air he calls loudly, but once he spots his prey he goes silent and starts to circle, lower and lower, each circle tighter than the one before, until he is at about the height of my rooftop. Eying Tilley and her eight little chicks, just a few day old, as they scratch around the yard looking for whatever chooks look for in the dirt.

Conversations Along the Way

A worker in Africa shares two interesting conversations she has had along the way. In one a man shares with her a story from his past of a special (miraculous?) visitor to his home. In the other, God replaces her grumbling with compassion and then uses her to work in the heart of a leprous friend.

Election-Time Fears Fuel Prayers

How do you prepare for elections? Bake something for the polling booth cake stall or do a letterbox drop for the party of your choice? Here it's a bit different. People cancel any non-essential travel around the country and they stock up on food, cash and other items in case strikes, unrest or curfews close the shops. Quite a few have yet to bring their children into town for school, although the school year started weeks ago. They prefer to keep them in the relative safety of the villages until things settle down.

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