I’d like to choose what I eat.

June 20th 2007 4 comments so far  

Here in Maputo South Africa, we spent Tuesday with the local Opportunity International (OI) staff. According its website, OI’s mission is “to provide opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives.” Their core “business” is providing small loans to those who want to grow a business. After an orientation session in the main office we visited several groups of loan recipients. While each of the groups had its own character, they all had one thing in common–an unusual commitment to each person’s success. Most of the loan recipients have a stall in a market area where they …

Day 2 in Maputo, Mozambique

June 13th 2007 No comments yet  

Day 2 in Maputo (Tuesday for you) and we hit the ground running. That’s because we overslept the alarm and woke up just before we were being picked up to go to the conference where I’m teaching. It’s a good thing someone on the street below our room decided to use the horn on his car to wake up a friend. Otherwise we might have slept ’til noon.

I taught three one-hour plenary sessions today to a group of about one hundred Mozambican pastors and missionaries. They had gathered for a conference that was organized by our host Isaias Uaene. (This …

It’s Monday Evening in Maputo, Mozambique

June 11th 2007 2 comments so far  

It’s Monday evening in Maputo, Mozambique. We (my wife Priscilla, along with Lee and RoseAnn Hopwood) arrived this afternoon in Maputo (pronounced “mah poo too”) on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. That was after two previous all night flights from Dallas to London (Sat.-Sun.) and London to Johannesburg (Sun.-Mon.). We’re bone weary but excited to be here.

Over two million folks call Maputo home. Driving from the airport Priscilla and I just looked at each other and said, “This is Africa!” After traveling for over thirty hours when we got in the line for passport control for foreign nationals …

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