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It’s 5AM and I can’t sleep. Last night at 10PM I could not stay awake, go figure. This morning I woke-up with thoughts and images from my Africa trip. I’ve learned many things about Africa. I thought I would share some with you. Of course I still have a lot more to learn. So here are some random thoughts:

  • Africa is not country it’s a continent. But I’m too lazy to define ūüôā
  • Africa is complex.
  • Africa has many reasons to be hopeful. God is doing amazing things as we speak.
  • You can’t change Africa-but you can partner with fellow Christ-followers and make a significant difference.
  • Africa does not need Americans to try to fix¬†everything.¬†But they do need our support. Partnership is key!
  • Africans (or at least the ones I met) our passionate about education.¬†
  • Africans never answer your questions directly. I hate that, but it is what it is. They think differently.¬†
  • Africans do community well…Like really well.¬†
  • Local Africans Christian leaders need to connect and become a voice for Africa. They don’t want to learn theology & missiology from the West only. So be on the lookout for some amazing theologians to emerge from Africa in the next decade.¬†
  • Africans have an amazing¬†ability¬†to serve their visitors.¬†
  • Identity¬†is a huge issue-Not all Africans are alike, they come from various countries that have many different¬†world views.¬†
  • Africans drive crazy ūüôā
  • Africans are beautiful people who have endured many ups and downs…But they laugh, smile, eat, play, dream, hope and struggle for a better future.¬†
  • Africans love football. But you knew that right.

Feel free to chime in and add your two cents.  

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2 Comments

  1. Loved your sentence about doing community really well. We were blown away by our hosts when we were there. Hope you process and re-enter well, Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. So it sounds like your life wasn’t shattered…


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