A cultural weekend.
Yup. It was quite the cultural weekend for us.
First, we made it up to Chicago this weekend to see the Mesgana dancers, a group from Eithiopia made up of girls who are raising money for an education fund in their country. The Evanston Vineyard hosted the program and I have to say it was a blast. I have a few pictures I’ll get up soon. I think for me it really got me excited for the adoption and going over there. According to the site, only around 1/3 of Ethiopian girls get an education compared to around 70% of boys. The goal of this group, primairly, is to provide an education for the girls in the program. It really surprised me too that a basic education for the girls is only around 200/year. Picts will be up soon.
The other cultural experience for the weekend came at church; we ended up visiting a friend’s church in Joliet that was a bit not what we were used to. It’s always nice to be in a church environment where I’m different (and it’s really obvious), especially with Melissa. It really has a thing of making me appreciate the diversity and beauty of God’s kingdom. It also forces me to listen alot more not knowing what is going on and alot of the words to the music; it requires that you find the true and beautiful and pay attention. There are times I go into church and it’s repititive and shaking me out of that every once in a while is a good exercise; there are times I need the familiar but the unfamiliar frames what I know really well.
To walk into the unfamiliar requries I look for the familiar and it often is from a different angle.