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Jun 7, 2017 - Wrapping Up Class

The hardest part of teaching an intensive class like the one I have been doing here in Africa is getting started. Well, that and getting finished. It takes me a little time--maybe the first day--to feel like I am "with" the students. And, there is always so much more I want to teach that it is hard to know where to end. One of the paradigm-shifting concepts I try to leave students with--wherever I am teaching--is that teaching is not simply telling. That teaching is a much richer discipline than merely passing along information. Teaching...

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Jun 6, 2017 - Rose Lake

So, Monday was Pentecost Day--a day off work. The students asked to renegotiate our time for the day. We ended up meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Got our five hours in. They were able to head to the special services their churches had scheduled. Pastor Lee, Fear Love, Joon, and I headed for Rose Lake. I had this rather romantic picture in my head of what Rose Lake would be like. A picturesque place with African bao bao trees, maybe zebras wandering around its edges, and bright pink water. The actual picture is a bit more like a dessert oasis...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Pentecost Sunday

OK, let me just throw it out there. I am a Baptist. We like the Holy Spirit, but we are not so big on the Pentecostal doctrines related to the Holy Spirit. So, how did a Baptist youth minister-turned-professor end up preaching on the Holy Spirit in an Assembly of God Church on Pentecost Sunday? If you are not familiar with the story, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday and also just happened to be the day that God chose to send His Holy Spirit to dwell in believers and empower them for ministry. Christians believe that the presence of God, in...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Class and the Slave Island

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a few days. At midnight on Friday, all my grades for the Spring Semester were due. I had a bunch of Public Speaking students that had prepared sermons for me to evaluate and, well, no time to do any journaling. I leave for church in 25 minutes or so, so I doubt I will have time to complete this entry, but thought I would get started. The missionary here who is hosting me is also from Korea. I guess the fact that I am part of an American consortium of mostly Korean pastors on this trip sort of makes this make...

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May 30, 2017 - Changing Places

Tired, but decided to post a quick update. Internet was spotty the last couple of nights. Monday--Finished up class, gave the final, lots of hugs and handshakes. I am going to miss these wonderful people. Went out to dinner with a van load of Koreans. Praise God for my friend Michael Ahn. He actually spoke to me in English. OK, a few of the others did as well. It was actually a nice evening. Tuesday--Got up and packed. Michael told me that breakfast was at 7 a.m. He told me at 7 a.m. So, I went in my gym shorts, T-shirt, and sandals. I...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Dakar, Senegal

Today we had our final breakfast & left the ship. So sad! I wasn’t really ready to go home yet & could happily stay on another week or two. We said our goodbyes to other passengers & the outstanding staff. Mo, Eric, Rastko, Monica, Sean & I have all booked a day tour with Senegal Style to see Bandia nature preserve rather than doing the more standard Dakar city and Goree Island tour. A wildlife safari sounded like a great departure after 2 weeks of city tours. It also sounded right up Sean’s alley. Our tour guide has turned out to be a bit...

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Mar 19, 2013 - Dakar City

Monday 18th March 2013 Dakar N’gor Beach to Dakar City Up late today and down to breakfast on our last morning in the La Madrague Hotel at the beach. After breakfast, we packed our bags and checked out of the hotel at 12noon and waited for our taxi which we had asked to come at 1.00pm and took us to the city hotel where we are staying for two nights until we leave on the trip from Dakar on Tuesday morning. We arrived and while we were checking in, our leader and co-driver were at reception and we met them. After checking in, we went out and...

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Mar 17, 2013 - Five days at N'gor Beach, Dakar, Senegal

Wednesday 13th March 2013 Dakar, Senegal Woke up this morning in our hotel room at La Madrague overlooking the sea and Ile de N’gor across the bay. The day was perfectly clear and the view is delightful. We went down to the restaurant and had breakfast (coffee, juice, bread, cake, croissants and pancakes). It sounds better than it actually was – the pancakes are stone cold – but David showed how much he likes cake for breakfast! After breakfast we had to visit the Cote d’Ivoire Consulate in the suburbs and a taxi driver (Pape) took us there...

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Mar 13, 2013 - Dakar, Senegal

So I have just been to collect my visa, and hey presto it was ready. However, the useless son of a bitch dated it from yesterday for a month, and not from the date I put on the form which was the 24th of March. I pointed out their error, and was told that the guy who does the visas was out the office, and to come back tomorrow! I am pretty certain he was sitting but 5 metres away; however, after a quick calculation, I worked out that a month from now should be fine for getting in and spending a week there before leaving. In fact, I would...

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Mar 12, 2013 - Douala to Dakar, Senegal

Tuesday 12th March 2013 Douala to Dakar (via brief stopovers in Cotonou, Benin and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) We were able to wake up late in our hotel (Foyer du Marin) in Douala this morning as we didn’t have to be ready to leave until 2pm, had a leisurely breakfast and then sat out in the hotel garden reading for about 2 hours after consuming the balance of our rum. We then packed our bags and had to check out of the hotel at 12 noon so we then went down and sat and waited for Evaristus to come. The day was very warm and oppressively humid...

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Mar 12, 2013 - Dakar,Senegal

Okay, so I arrived in Saint Louis two days ago. I was expecting lots of hassle crossing the border from Mauritania, as it is renowned as one of the most difficult border crossings in Africa, mainly due to the corruption involved, together with loads of pick-pockets. Upon arriving at the border, after a five hour trip, I was met by a gang of guys running towards me telling me this and that. As I made my way to the gates, I was told by one of the guards that this gate was only for cars, and the various touts were telling me to follow them to...

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