Why this blog?
I know that God loves all people. I know that God loves those with various levels of ability. I am passionate about finding ways for all people to experience hope – to feel God’s love. I was born and raised in Africa. I have traveled and worked in refugee camps, remote villages and in the largest slums in the world. The common denominator in all my travels – all my work – is people. Each person, no matter how and where they live is a child of God. Each is entitled to hopes and dreams. No matter what language they speak, in what political system they live, how they walk, or how clean the look – they are a child of God.
Our oldest daughter was born in Jordan. We were friends with a family living in a refugee camp and they had a daughter born the same month as ours. Lying side by side these two babies had so much in common. Yet I knew that my daughter would have so many more opportunities than the daughter of my friend. Indeed, 22 years later my daughter is in University and contemplating a career of her choosing while my friend’s daughter remains in the refugee camp – contemplating another generation lost.
Each person, no matter how and where they live is a child of God. Each is entitled to hopes and dreams.
I work with cbm Canada – which is an organization that works globally to create this type of hope – specifically for people living in poverty with disabilities. This blog, however, is not a cbm policy spokes piece. (You can find that on cbm Canada’s website.) This is blog that speaks about things in my heart.
I get to travel the world, be involved with tragedies like that in Haiti, and talk to people who are struggling to find hope. This blog will speak of the issues that I see in my journeys and meetings. I will at times be provocative. Always, I will ask the questions that keep me up at nights.
I welcome feedback and discussion.