Kevin in Liberia

Its Purpose: to raise awareness of current social, political, ethical, and spiritual issues within a relief and development context in Liberia. Its effectiveness is simple: It relies on me, the author, to provide insightful, and often debate-sparking material that will encourage you, the reader to get engaged through comment contributions, emails, and promoting others to read, re-think, and respond to the important issues discussed.

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

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Eve in Liberia

Not sure of what the Christmas season might bring, I went to the most satisfying dinner on Christmas Eve that one could ever want. An American missionary family invited us over and man can they cook...and cook a lot of everything. They had TOO much of everything! I gorged myself after confirming that Marcel would carry me to the "hospital" if any complications from my gorging should arise. Marcel and I had an idea a few days before Christmas of having a bonfire on the beach on Christmas Eve so we decided to try and make that a reality. After rounding up some firewood from the yard of a newly renovated house on the ELWA campus we proceeded to round up our cronies to gather 'round the fire'. On the agenda was some Christmas carols, improvised rapping by our 'brothas' Marcel and Kofa, as well as the long await reading of the dark and depressing poem called "The Cremation of Sam McGee".
The highlights of the evening were definately the rendition of Lean on Me played with acoustic guitar by Marcel and African drum by our Liberian contingents Kofa and Bob David. I hope to have the sound clip hosted and a link provided in the next few days if everything works out. All the riff-raff ended around 1:30pm and I didn't really end up getting to bed until around 2am. I survived my first Christmas Eve in Liberia and I would have to say it was better than most Christmas Eves in Canada! Africa rocks!