Save Darfur

www.savedarfur.org

Every day, the 2.5 million people chased from their homes in Darfur face the threat of starvation, disease, and rape, while the few lucky enough to remain in their homes risk displacement, torture and murder.

On this site you can see an open letter to George Bush.

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immeasurable wealth concealed in poverty

I received an interesting article from my friend Sandy today.  Thanks Sandy!  This was written by John Chrysostom in AD392 and called “Christmas Homily.”

What more shall I say of this mystery? I see a carpenter and a manger, an infant and swaddling clothes, a virgin giving birth without the necessaries of life, nothing but poverty and complete destitution. Have you ever seen wealth in such great penury? How could he who was rich have become, for our sake, so poor that he had neither bed nor bedding but was laid in a manger? O immeasurable wealth concealed in poverty! He lies in a manger, yet he rocks the whole world. He is bound with swaddling bands, yet he breaks the bonds of sin. Before he could speak he taught the wise men and converted them.”

In America

Hi World.  We’ve been in America for two weeks now.  As we flew into the airport in Washington DC, I looked out the window and was surprised to see shingled rooftops and a handful of baseball fields.  Our friend Tom picked us up and took us back to Charlottesville, VA where we stayed the night.  One the way, we stopped at Starbucks for some coffee (Sorry Chris).  As we ordered our coffees, the person working behind the counter completely understood everything we said.  Amazing. We had to rent a car from Charlottesville to Roanoke VA (Virginia).  The rental office made a mistake and let us borrow a V8 SUV.  I tapped the gas pedal and we all got whiplash (our van in Hungary has a 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine :).

We’re borrowing a car from my parents while we’re here in the US.  On the second day the gas tank was on Empty, so I filled it with gas.  $30 for over 14 gallons of gas!  This is something like 6000 HUF for 53 liters.  Now that gas prices have dropped in Budapest, I think you could probably buy 14 gallons for around $74. 

We got to grandaddy’s and granny’s house on the second day, and within 30 minutes, Seth was riding the big tractor and feeding the cows hay. 

Today, while driving down the road, a complete stranger waved his hand at me (full arm extended) to say hello.  In that last two weeks, at least 20 complete strangers have said, “Hi, how ya doing?” 

I’ve been amazed at how spread out everything is in the US, realizing how dependent we are upon cars and how we could never really make public transportation work in this country. 

It has been really fun to visit family and friends.  We’re excited that a number of friends here are planning to come visit us in Budapest within the next year or two. 

But we’ve also felt a little tug in our hearts toward Budapest, thinking of it as home in a way.  Even our kids have asked several times, when are we going back home (to Budapest)? 

quotes from the boys

Quotes from Seth and Jacob this week:

“When we go to the English speaking world (America) will there be Hungarians there?” -Seth

“I am speed.”  -Jake

“When we fly to the airport in German will they speak Hungarian there?” -Seth

“I’m a race car driver!” -Jake

“Dad, can you teach me some Ukrainian, Croatian, and Spanish words?” -Seth

“Go faster daddy!  You’ve got to go faster than that car!”  -Jacob, While driving down the road today

Advent

Sunday December 3rd marks the beginning of the Advent season.  I have been reminded in a number of ways that this season is essentially about hope.  J.R. Woodward put some great words to this on his blog; “Hope is a wish for life to be better than it is, the imagination to look beyond the bad to the good that can be, and the faith to believe that the good you imagine and wish for is actually possible.”  This is what Jesus is about, bringing justice, life, and hope.  Advent is a season of hoping in the one who will eventually make things right.