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How Safe are You?

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Jill Holmes  |  Leave a comment

Scaffolding used in Mozambique

Scaffolding used in Mozambique

Upon returning to Mozambique after a quick trip to the United States, one thing that really struck me was how different attitudes are concerning safety and security. Here in Mozambique you might see 20 people piled in the back of a pickup truck or small children walking by themselves on a busy road. People regularly walk through construction zones. Scaffolding might be built out of scrap wood several stories high and the builders are often working barefoot and without safety equipment. With so many pedestrians on the road and traffic weaving around pot holes, driving here can be full of near-misses.

In contrast, in the U.S., laws have changed so that older children are required to sit in car seats. I had the chance to play with my nephew who was showing off his big-wheel riding skills; however, before showing me his awesome moves in the driveway, he carefully strapped on his helmet. There are crosswalks, hardhat zones, and safety equipment must meet certain standards before it can be used. Plastic bags and disposable coffee cups come with safety warnings.

Jill Holmes inspecting her wrecked vehicle.

Jill Holmes inspecting her wrecked vehicle.

After having a serious car accident here in Mozambique, I admit that my sense of security was shaken a bit. Coming from a safety conscious culture, I didn’t like the risk it seemed I was taking every time I got in the car. I often tease that my best prayer time comes when I am driving now. And maybe this isn’t too far from the truth. We often rely on God more when we are in situations out of our control. When everything seems safe, we tend to rely on ourselves and forget we need God. It is a good reminder that no matter where we live or how safe life seems or doesn’t seem, God is always in control.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalms 20:7

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Raising Compassionate Children

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Liz Schandorff  |  Leave a comment

My heart breaks a little every time I drive through a tent city here in Port-au-Prince. While many people have been resettled into more permanent housing, four years after the devastating quake there are still thousands of souls whose “houses” consist of rickety structures of canvas, sticks, and tin.

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Plane Maintenance When Every Minute Counts

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by MAF  |  Leave a comment

MAF pilots wear two hats—that of pilot and mechanic—and they come in handy when it comes to problem solving their aircraft.

A man was working on a roof in the northern Congolese town of Karawa when it suddenly collapsed from under him. His sternum broke and breathing became difficult and painful for him. He desperately needed a medical evacuation to get to… [Read full post.]

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The Added Dimension

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Jim Manley  |  Leave a comment

We’re all flat-landers stuck in two dimensions. Doesn’t matter if we live in the mountains. We’re glued to Earth’s undulating surface, meticulously following its ups and downs. That restraint does grant security. We need concern ourselves only with the challenges of moving left or right, forward or back. Vertical decisions fade to choosing stairs or elevator.

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Between Two Worlds, Part 2

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by MAF  |  Leave a comment

…. continued from an earlier post.

Q: How in the world do you condense your life down to a dozen or so packing bins? Can you describe your process?

As we walk through Target or IKEA, I find myself unconsciously picking things up and… [Read full post.]

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