New Gear

26 04 2006

Check this out! Our good friend Forrest Gardner recently sent us a package containing new lightsabers and Star Wars figures for the boys. He also included a copy of the previous post in which I stated their old lightsabers were broken and on it he wrote, “Some things in this universe must be corrected!”

Thanks G-man. The boys are having a blast.


Apologies for not having posted in awhile. We’ve…

18 04 2006

Apologies for not having posted in awhile. We’ve had a busy, busy few weeks. I hope to have something for your viewing/perusal in the next few days. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy these pictures of the elephants and lion we saw during our latest trip to the game park in March!

Total Eclipse

1 04 2006

Last Wednesday (Mar. 29th), our little corner of the world was treated to a rare sight – a total solar eclipse.

I took this picture while I was in Tabligbo (southern Togo) after having picked up our good friend and mentor, Mark Berryman who had come for a visit. Up in Kara, the eclipse wasn’t quite a total one, but Tracey and the boys still enjoyed what they saw (through special UV blocking glasses of course!)

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Togolese people didn’t see any of it. Just about everyone was shut in their houses for fear that they would go blind if they went out during the eclipse. When we went out at 8am, the streets which are normally teeming with activity at that time, were completely deserted. Apparently, the government went a bit overboard in warning people not to stare at the eclipse.

Later in the week, I learned that the Kabiye word for an eclipse (solar or lunar) is alikiesso, which has the transliterated meaning – “Who is swallowing God?”

Now the Kabiye don’t believe that the sun is God, but they do recognize that God is the one who oversees the heavens. So, the word reflects a belief that something must not be right with God if the sun (or moon) is being covered up.

Mark pointed out that this idea may help to bring deeper meaning to the Kabiye understanding of the crucifixion and the darkness which covered the earth at our Lord’s death. Sounds like it will preach to me!