Monthly Archives: December 2007
“Infinite and yet an infant.
Eternal and yet born of a woman.
Almighty, and yet nursing at a woman’s breast.
Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms.
Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“That man should be made in God’s image is a wonder,
but that God should be made in man’s image is a greater wonder.
That the Ancient of Days would be born.
That He who thunders in the heavens should cry in the cradle?”
“Man’s Maker was made man
that the Bread might be hungry,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired from the journey;
that Strength might be made weak,
that Life might die.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
I haven’t verified all of these yet. Let me know if you find something different.
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly enough this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.
Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have a remote key less entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and your spare key fob is at home, call someone at home on thier cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, while holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock.
Hidden battery power
Imagine your cell phone is very low. To activate, press*3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the screen will show a 50% increase in battery power. The reserve will get charge when you charge your cell phone the next time.
Free directory Service for Cell Phones
The next time you need to use the directory service from your cell phne call 800-FREE 411 or (800)373-3411 instead. It’s free. Program this number into your phone.
The only statement Timothy McVeigh left behind when he was executed in Indiana, June 11, 2001, was a handwritten copy of the 19th century poem “Invictus” by William Henley.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Henley’s life (1849-1903) almost exactly parallels that of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) who said that the modern world had rendered God irrelevant so that we could legitimately say, “God is dead.” Corresponding to God’s demise was the rise in Nietzsche’s thinking of the “Übermensch.” This was the air that Henley breathed.
Would that Nietzsche, who went insane the last 12 years of his life—and Timothy McVeigh, who claimed the rule of his soul till he lost it—had both seen the beauty of being ruled by Christ. It is fitting that a virtually unknown poet of the early 20th century, Dorothea Day, should write the counterpoint to Henley’s poem. “Invictus” means “unconquerable”. Dorothea Day’s poem is called “Conquered.”
Out of the light that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun from pole to pole,
I thank the God I know to be,
For Christ – the Conqueror of my soul.
Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under the rule which men call chance,
My head, with joy, is humbly bowed.
Beyond this place of sin and tears,
That Life with Him and His the Aid,
That, spite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and will keep me unafraid.
I have no fear though straight the gate:
He cleared from punishment the scroll.
Christ is the Master of my fate!
Christ is the Captain of my soul!
Nathan became a village chief in Uganda in 1961.In 1971, when Idi Amin (a Muslim) took power, many village chiefs who were not Muslim were harassed. As a nominal Anglican Nathan often had to go into hiding in the forest. In 1973 he received word from a friend that he was to be arrested on the coming Friday and put before a firing squad the following Tuesday, so he fled to Kenya. He remained in Kenya until 1979 when the Tanzanians ran Idi Amin out of the country.
When he returned, he found things had not gone well for his family. In 1982, his wife died giving birth to their 15th child. The next four years were difficult years for him—caring for his children without a wife.
Nathan met Gary Hipp in the mid-80s, and Gary began to disciple him. As a chief, it was hard for Nathan to change, but Gary did not give up on him. After two years, Nathan finally accepted what Gary was teaching him, and he became a follower of Jesus. Gary and his family were part of the group that went with him to acquire a new wife, Alice.
Nathan married Alice in 1986/7?, and they have two children: Mary (17) and Ema (12?). She wanted some children of her own. Mary and Ema are the only two children still living with them. Some of Nathan’s children still live in the village where he originally came from. Others have made homes for themselves in Mbale or other villages. He does have one son who lives on an adjoining farm and who has also implemented the 14 points (see below).
Nathan is a community development facilitator with M:MM and a priest at an Anglican village church.
Nathan’s home, family, and small farm serve as a model to villagers. He showed us around his compound and all the innovations he has implemented as a result of the things he’s learned through M:MM.
The 14 Points he has implemented and helps others implement:
• A house with windows for light and ventilation
• Yard and grounds clean from garbage and trash
• A vegetable garden
• Plant trees for firewood and fruit trees
• Have a safe water source
• Kitchen with efficient ovens that conserve cooking wood
• Dish rack and storage
• Food storage room
• Clothes line for drying clothes
• Latrine with a cover, sprinkling ashes
• Dedicated shower area
• Rubbish pit for composting plant and animal waste
• Natural fence made of bushes
• Develop income generating activities
Nathan has tapped into the water main and pays a monthly fee for its use. He sells the water to his neighbors for 50 shillings (about 3 cents ) a jerrycan (about 5 gallons). This generates some income for Nathan and covers the cost of his monthly charge.
Nathan grows matoki (a type of banana), pineapple, egg plant, beans, potatoes, etc.
Now Nathan is testing a new strain of matoki that is resistant to a mold that has killed many matoki plants in Uganda. After he harvests, he plans to share his plants with others.
I’m back home from my trip now. It took me longer than usual to recover from the jet lag. I have no idea why. Maybe just more tired than on the past. But all is well and I thank God for that. It seems as though everything at home and work went pretty well while I was gone. I want to thank everyone that worked really hard to make it possible for me to be gone.
I’m going to put a few stories that we gathered while I was in Uganda. I went out to the village one day with Brad and Deb Mashburn and we heard these stories as we visited a few different homes. Because it was just the 3 of us along with Nathan we were able to spend a little more time at each place and hear their stories, that was really nice. Deb did a great job making notes of the facts so that these stories could be written correctly and I got to take pictures.