The little girl little comes up to us quietly asking for a peso. She cant be more than 4 years old. As much as their little faces make me sad, I don’t ever give money to kids begging (ever seen the movie ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’? well, it really happens). But Francisco is always bit more … Continue reading children who cant be children
What makes you bleed? What, in a world that can be so hard, is the thing that keeps you soft? And able to feel both love and pain. That is the central question of the South African movie Tsotsi, Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Do we ever understand our motivations for doing things? If … Continue reading Tsotsi: What makes you bleed?
For my birthday, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit La Paz, Bolivia, on the cheap. Getting there turned out to be the biggest adventure of the trip. To start with, i flew boa airlines, which is operated by the Bolivian government. I began to question the legitimacy of the airline, when i found out they did not even have … Continue reading Why you should always dress-up when traveling
I am a huge fan of the writings of Shane Claiborne. This article by him pretty much sums up exactly how i feel about faith and religion and who God is: To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession. I am sorry that so often the biggest … Continue reading What if Jesus Meant All that Stuff?
So the young adults group at the church i’ve been attending here in Buenos Aires asked me to speak with them and talk about one of the topics I’m most passionate about: poverty. I feel that better than me trying to stand up and lecturing, its better if I just highlight some of what is … Continue reading Poverty and the Bible
Sometimes, people would ask me or I would start to think about how difficult the challenges of development are. Can we really make any difference in the face of so many problems? This story sums up my response: A man goes out on the beach and sees that it is covered with starfish that have … Continue reading Sometimes its ok just to be starfishing
Imagine that last time you took a trip to another country. If it was anything like my experience, I simply went online, bought a ticket, and my biggest concern was that my suitcases weren’t overweight! I did not worry about being robbed of everything – down to the shoes on my feet- or being attacked … Continue reading De Nadie