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Venice of Africa Ganvié

The Venice of Africa: Ganvié on Stilts

An Intriguing city A journey away from my steel-box home always overwhelms me more than it should. My lack of a car, a local phone, or a sense of direction make exploring feel like a monumental task. That’s why I’m glad we didn’t wait too long before heading out to Ganvié, the lesser known Venice of Africa. Ganvié was the first Beninois attraction I hoped to visit. I’ve been reading a book called Show Me the Magic (affiliate link) written by...

The Checklist Team

The hospital opened, ward shifts have started, patients are trickling in and out as we fill a growing number of hospital beds. This is all so exciting, but there’s something else that deserves attention. A small team was sent out today to Fenerive Est, a town just north of the port city of Tamatave. Their sole task will be initiating a life-saving training for surgical teams across the country that, if understood and accepted, will literally save lives. Mercy Ships...

Thoughts on Papa, Jesus and Sarayu

It was my third time reading this book. First time, my mind was blown. Second time, I was brought to tears by some of the images presented. Third time, a bit less enchanting, but still I was able to glean so many lessons. Another warning: The Shack will probably annoy you if you get uptight about theology. This novel became popular alongside tons of controversy. When I finally read it, I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about, but I’m pretty...

Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Deciding to read Same Kind of Different As Me was perfect timing. For me, books are like snacks with blank packaging: I know I’m in the mood for a certain type of book, but I can’t tell if it hits the spot until I’ve chewed through a bit.  I was looking for a story that I would get involved in, something that would grip my attention. I had a stack of books I had started that just didn’t hold my...