The Other Side of the World

Thursday, January 31, 2013

We got a letter from Uganda on Monday.

We sent Ronald some Halloween pictures back in November, and an interpreter wrote in response, "Ronald has never celebrated Halloween before. He thinks your costumes are amazing."

That made the boys pause. He's never celebrated Halloween? Has he ever worn a costume? He probably doesn't have a ninja costume?? Hmmmm.

Ronald's letter included a section that read, "Over the Christmas holiday I:"

That made the boys stop. Slaughter a chicken? What does slaughter mean? Wow! Cool!! You mean that's how he gets to eat chicken? Where does our chicken come from? So that chicken in the store comes from a REAL chicken?

Let's hope so. 

It is always good - refreshing, conversation-starting, perspective-changing, wonderful - to hear about life on the other side of the world. 

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I just learned about this awful, gut-renching, terrifying ordeal taking place on this side of the world, in Alabama. Let's pray for the boy, his poor family (how his mother must feel! my heart pounds, my stomach flips), his captor, and all the officers working to free him. Oh Lord, help us.

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3 Responses to “The Other Side of the World”

  1. This is a lovely story - I like your adjectives refreshing/conversation-starting/perspective-changing/wonderful!

    Actually, this is what my blog is all about. Would you give me permission to repost this (and translate it to Portuguese) and link it back to you on my blog? Please let me know

  2. My son's second grade class raised money for a friends children in Rwanda to buy chickens and raise them. They had a similar reaction to your kids. When they traveled to Rwanda with us, it was such an eye opening experience. Cross cultural experiences are so good for all of us in so many ways.

  3. Delightful post, Courtney - especially funny to see how vastly different the ways of celebrating a common global holiday happen across the world...and how it's in the very nature of boys to zero in on anything involving a weapon. Thanks for passing along that story of the boy in Alabama too - will be praying over this situation.