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Learning about Africa and AIDS

World Vision is doing an awesome job telling the story of HIV/AIDS. Take a look at this.

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  1. Josh Bottomly | Feb 5, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Jay,

    I mentioned to Jody that nobody comments on your blogs, and I feel badly about that because of how thought provoking and challenging your quotes are.

    Thank you for the picture. I plan to show this picture to our house church tonight.

    I have been re-reading through the minor prophets and using Heschel’s book Prophets to help me navigate through the books. His commentary and insights are helpful. I am overwhelmed at times at the “deep structures of injustice” that are embedded within our American culture — even our church culture — that I quietly acquiesce to. Lately I have thought about Dubois’s opening sentence from The Souls of Black Folks: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” I’ve been prayerfully seeking insight into not what contributes to racial barriers but how I might participate in bringing the scaffolding of injustice down in this area. Adopting Silas has been a catalytic force in terms of re-thinking race, re-thinking Scripture (emphasis on the poor and justice), re-thinking family, and re-thinking mission.

    Anyway, I sure appreciate what you cull from your books. I’ve just finished Wallis’s The Great Awakening and Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger — both incredibly helpful in helping me frame my questions.

    Also, Amy and I would like to adopt a country — Ethiopia. We have already adopted a Compassion Child from Addis. We are also planning to return to Ethiopia with a small team next summer. Education is something we want to give ourselves to. I look forward to working through your book list. It’s hard to keep up with someone with two Ph.D.’s!

    Blessings,

    Josh

  2. jay | Feb 5, 2008 | Reply

    Josh, thanks for the comments. We’ve been on the same journey. The Bible is like a new book to me. How did I miss all those verses on the poor . . . on injustice. You need to get to know the Jonsson family–one of our cadet leaders years ago and now on an Olmsted in Jordan. Here’s Heather’s link http://jonssons.wordpress.com/. They recently adopted from Ethiopia as well. Shoulder to shoulder, Jay

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