I'm back after a hiatus in Mali, West Africa for a short-term mission trip
March 17, 2006
I'm back to the Daily Grit after a several week break that took me to Mali, West Africa for a short-term mission trip. I got back late yesterday afternoon and I'm ready to resume life in mid-Michigan.
Here's what's on my mind this morning, St. Patrick's Day 2006:
- The best job I've ever had--being a dad: Today is my daughter, Krista's 24th birthday. Her birth started a chain of events in my life that has given me unspeakable satisfaction and joy. I'm really proud of her and who she is and I'm honored to have played a role in her life.
- Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns: If you have a spare 99 cents go to iTunes and download this song. This is a song for anybody who has ever had their back pushed right to the wall. It provides a roadmap that gets you to the other side. I had that test while on my trip to Mali. Check out my Mali blog for more details.
- Taking life for granted and not being thankful: I think about the national Malians that I just left and I see the hard living conditions, the lack of food, lack of medical care and lack of opportunity and future. That really struck me. I'm not sure what I can do, but I have my ears on. I'm listening.
- Importance of having a good mechanic: Before I left my mechanic told me I needed $1,400 in repairs. One involved an oil leak from the engine. I'm not a car guy. Since I've been home the car seems to be running worse than when I took it in. I hope they take this seriously and make it good with mi≈nimal inconvenience and cost.
Tags: Mali, short-term mission trips, Africa, auto mechanics, Casting Crowns, Voice of Truth, iTunes
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