Archive for September, 2009

Conflict in Congo

Where I’m Going & What I’m Doing…

For more than a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been entangled in a civil war. The brutal fighting is rooted in a power struggle over control of the land and its wealth of natural resources. As the world’s deadliest war this crisis has claimed more than 5.4million lives. Moreover, the rebel forces have been utilizing rape as a weapon of warfare, victimizing over 300,000 women and girls.

Peace Talk Hopes Raised By Ceasefire

Last year, I was presented with the opportunity to work with the “Congo Initiative”. This organization seeks to raise up a generation of new leaders who will transform their communities into places of peace and hope. The Congo Initiative’s Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (CI-UCBC) is a start-up university which integrates academic coursework and service-learning, equipping and engaging students who will help to change their nation.

I will be teaching English at the CI-UCBC as well as working with women who have suffered from sexual abuse at the Community Center,  Mending The Soul Ministries.

Related Info:

Enough Project

Raise Hope for Congo

Washington Post – War in the Shadows

CIA World Factbook

Advertisements

On Navigating

The past few years I’ve been questioning my role in the architecture world, struggling to see how my work had any impact on the world at large. Doubting my impact and trying to understand my purpose, I began investigating and studying to better grasp God’s will. The result of what I learned explains why I am in Transition #2.compass prespective

God’s will is less like a GPS—turn-by-turn directions each and every step of the way—and more like a compass, pointing due North. God’s Word spells out His general will for us. So long as we are living according to that, I believe our lives are like a  Choose Your Own Adventure novel where the reader is the protagonist, determining the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome.

In elementary school, we had regularly scheduled SSR (Silent Sustained Reading). Judy Blume, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew were among the usual selections for my classmates. However, this inquisitive and curious ADD child preferred such literary gems as The Guinness Book of World Records or Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Therefore, my next adventure will be in Africa, specifically, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In just over one month, I will leave the United States to spend a year working with the “Congo Initiative”, bringing physical and spiritual relief to the people of this devastated country.

So as I begin packing my bags, I’ve been pondering what types of books I shall bring with me to read.

Although The Guinness Book of World Records is always a fun time, I’m hoping for some other suggestions…any ideas?

Long Time Gone

So quickly was I employed again that the designer within me found no time to throw her thoughts in the dumpster…

My mind was fully functioning, certainly stuffed with wonderful ideas. Yet somehow I forgot to share (here in this place) that which amused, delighted, and frustrated me. If I were forthright in keeping up with this blog, you would already know that I have managed to find the familiar locale of unemployment once again. Ironically this time, by choice.

this chapter in my life

Perhaps we shall euphemistically refer to this chapter in my life as Transition #2. (Note: Transition #1 came between unemployment & new job at architecture firm where I’ve been enslaved working for the past 6 months.)

This chapter, Transition #2,  is overflowing with emotions. Part of me is curious…did someone decide to rewrite a chapter in the novel of my life? The sudden onset of drama, confusion, and elation that  I’ve been experiencing lately tells me that I’m reliving life in 7th grade.  Should this be the case, I’d like to nominate Judy Blume as a co-author. Thanks.

Although I’ve been a long time gone from the blogosphere, my next adventure has been a long time coming. Stay tuned for more details…

Until then, I’ll be hosting auditions for the female actress to star as moi in the made-for-television drama of my life.