Kevin in Liberia

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I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your Providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. ~ a prayer by Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The “Suzi” Has Landed

Suzi, the long-awaited and much anticipated teacher of the Waines’ kids, arrived safely at the Robertsfield International Airport on the 6th of January after a two-day overbooking debacle in Brussels. The airlines are just going crazy with people coming to Liberia for the presidential inauguration ceremony of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in African history…a ceremony that I am on the list of potential attendees. That should be quite the highlight, barring any assassination attempts or rogue infiltrations. Word on the street in Monrovia is that Opera, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton will be in attendance. That might be a bit interesting. I’ll keep you guys posted on what happens with it all.

I don’t want to detract from Suzi actually arriving in person too much but with her came a long-awaited care package that I was supposed to receive in October. Among the many personal items included in the package were two signed cards from the folks back at Creekside Community Church. I would now like to personally thank every single person who took the time to sign the cards even though some of you would still like to think I’m in Libya, but regardless I’d like to thank you anyways. All your prayers and support are appreciated immensely. I believe these cards should have made it here in October but now is always better than never:

1. Inez
2. Taelor
3. Natashya
4. Sarah Diamond
5. Jenn
6. Coreena & Jayson
7. Aileen
8. Ivonna
9. Rose Jane
10. the “bottomfeedah”
11. Robert Goedhart
12. Rick Kettner
13. Jonathan & Teresa Penner
14. Dave Gifford
15. Christina and Will Anderson
16. Randy
17. Jon
18. Tammy
19. Sherman
20. Josh
21. Shad
22. Kevin Castillo

Another item within the care package was the inclusion of Touching The Void (Wide Screen),a heroic mountaineering documentary film. The story is about two mountaineers who set out on the climb of their lives to scale Siula Grande, a 20,000ft+ never-been-climbed-before peak in the Andes. After a successful summit and bone-shattering leg injury on the descent, an often-questioned decision by one of the climbers to cut the rope on his fellow climber to save his own life led to a hair-raising story about survival and will-to-live by a severely injured human being. This story has become folklore in the climbing community and not surprisingly more popular in the mainstream avenues of life as well thanks in part to this great film. For anyone who has not seen it before, I would highly recommend checking it out. It definitely fits into my Top Five favourite films.


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