Category: Africa

When Dreams Become Reality

I leave for Tanzania in five days and I can’t decide whether I’m more excited or scared.  As I face this reality, I am leaning towards the scared side. This strikes me as strange though.  Why is it such a scary thing to see our dreams become a reality?  So many people never achieve their…

Less Than Two Months to Africa!

Plane tickets. Check.  Vaccinations.  Check.  It seems this dream of mine is finally coming true and I can hardly believe it.  The only thing left is to scrape up funds for a donation to the sisters and for miscellaneous expenses(I’ll be sending begging letters and relying on God for that). Some of my readers have…

On Not Trying to Save the World: Wisdom from Mother Teresa

I found out yesterday that I’ve officially been approved to go to Tanzania by the mission I’ll be working with.  Even now, I’m not quite sure if this is really happening or if I’ll wake up from this wonderful dream tomorrow morning.  After discussing buying a plane ticket, getting a visa and calling a travel…

Tanzania here I come!

Alright I’ve gotten some requests for an update on my plans to go to Tanzania next Summer so here goes. This past week I met with the man that is arranging for me to go and he told me more about what I would be doing and where I’ll be staying.  I’ll be volunteering an…

Dreaming of Africa

I just spoke on the phone with the man that is going to help me go to Africa.  Even as I write these words my heart is still pounding from the excitement and I cannot quite believe this is really happening.  Through nothing less than divine providence a series of events has fallen into place…

The plight of a poor, philanthropic college student

All I can think about right now is how stupidly expensive it is to get to Africa.  I want to go help people, make the world better in some small way.  It’s just annoying that money is the one thing that might keep me from going.  If I am meant to go though, God will…

Ubuntu

There is an African philosophy called Ubuntu that has been on my mind lately.  It means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. Desmond Tutu has this to say about it: “It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is…

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