Where yeast is a good metaphor

Pakistan got a black eye by instituting blasphemy laws and by a public outcry over its corresponding results. In effect a neighbor can cry out an accusation that you have blasphemed the prophet or defiled the Quran. This in minutes can escalate into mob rule resulting in a burned down house or death. I asked a businessman … Continue reading

Building bridges of witness

In the turbulent world of international politics, Turkey sits right in the middle. Here in the historic city of Istanbul, the stakes for one- upmanship are growing. On the day I arrived, the president refused entrance to Americans. There are times when my Canadian passport comes in handy. As part of the old Syrian conglomerate … Continue reading

The dark continent calls

Driving from Rwanda into Congo is like reading two tales of one border, as a colleague noted. Just in crossing it’s obvious one is leaving one world and entering another.   I first met the people of Congo in a university history course while reading Joseph Conrad’s novel The Heart of Darkness. In the story a white man tells … Continue reading

Famine, War and Hope

Three years ago Missionary Aviation (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days with 90 chiefs, elders and government ministers we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t enemies because of religion but were fighting and killing each … Continue reading

A surprising life cycle

If you are looking for a place to spend winter other than in Arizona or Florida, consider Rwanda. This land of a thousand valleys and countless hills is prettier than a postcard. Rwanda may resonate in your memory because of the 1994 genocide and that, of course, is an awful paradox. Why would this land-locked … Continue reading