Friday, November 20, 2009

Feet

Nov 13, 2009
Everybody around Bere and the surrounding villages either are bare footed or have sandals or partial sandals or just one sandal. There is all different kinds of feet here. Big feet, little feet, cracked feet, cut feet, feet without toes, feet that are mangled and some have no feet. Sounds like Dr. Seuss!!! All these feet have a story to tell. Where have they been? Where will they go and how many miles have those feet walked. Have they traveled to do good? Or have they traveled to do bad. Were they born like this? Was it some kind of situation they were in, to cause this to dilemma to there feet? Everybody has dirty feet around here. It gets in the cracks of your feet and it doesn't matter how often you wash them, soon your feet are stained by the dirt and dust of Bere. Before you know it they start to look like the natives. But as I think of this, our feet get darker and their feet get lighter so really our feet show us we are the same because of where we traveled. You can always tell the new people that come. They have nice clean feet all manicured. But soon they too will have the signature feet of Bere. In Romans 10:14,15 says this, "But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" Some people are disgusted by feet. Dirty, smelly, distorted feet that just gross them out. But the feet of people tell a story. A story that might help us to know where they have come from. A story that would help us show more compassion for these people. Feet here are not beautiful but useful. Our dirty feet do not seem so bad when we realize God knows how beautiful they really are.
Jamie

Blood

Nov 13

Blood

It seems like the people here at the Hospital are always needing blood, especially the babies. Most of the time one parent will have the right blood type but will have AIDS so they cannot donate blood to their baby. They want to know your blood type when you get here so when the need comes up they will know quickly who to go to.
I donated blood today, it was my first time. It was for an infant that needed it. I know without the blood the child would have died. It is a humbling experience to give blood. It is not our blood. It is God's blood. Without blood we cannot live. God donated blood. The blood He donated was for you and me so that we might live. Without the blood that God shed or donated we would not have life. Praise God that He is the universal donor. He has the right type of saving blood for every one of us.
Jamie

Sunday, November 1, 2009

More Videos from Chad

Aquatic Equestrians
video

Children Singing
video

Parker Videos from Bere

Cute Critter
video


Jacks (not like we play in the States)
video

More Photos from Chad

Long delayed... Click here for lots of Chad photos from the Parkers.
About 1/3 are up now, I'll add the rest over the next week.

Please forgive some duplicates. Also, there are a few pics that are likely before Africa. I can delete them (or at least mark them) but will need some guidance.

My warmest wishes to everyone in Bere.
-M


A Few More Pictures from the Parkers