Amanda Explores Africa
Great news. I have been receiving overwhelmingly positive support for the letter I recently sent out. Also, Jesse has been able to consolidate two old laptops we found into one better-working laptop I can bring with me. If I continue to get more financial responses, I may be able to buy some felt board characters for the church in Niamey. Niger is the second poorest country in Africa, with the average income set somewhere around 200 US Dollars a year. I have also read that it is the least literate country in the world, and has one of the highest fertility rates-between seven and eight children born per woman.
I heard a podcast today on the blog of the One Campaign of Bono's speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. He said that he would often ask a priest he knew to bless his family while he was on tour, a new song, or a new project he was working on. The priest's response was this: "Stop asking God to bless what you are doing. Get involved in what God is doing, because it's already blessed." I liked those words. NBC will be broadcasting live from Ghana, Africa (slightly SW of Niger) this Tuedsay evening on the NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams is doing a story on Bono's trip through some of Africa's poorest countries. (He will be visiting Nigeria and Mali, two countries that border Niger). I'll be watching, and if you would like to learn more about the current poverty crisis in West Africa, I would highly recommend that you do as well.
In other news, the headscarf experiments are not going any better:
See what I mean?
Thanks again to everyone who has been supporting me and praying for me. This trip is coming up quickly! Please be praying for the Johnsons as they make it through the hottest season in Niger (it's around 110 during the day, and in the 80's and 90's at night!) and prepare for my stay, as well as some medical students from Iowa that are coming for part of June. Also pray for Tom's work on his Ph.D. and Aichatou's medical certification.
More to come soon,