Thursday, February 3, 2011

The World’s On Fire

It’s seeming like it these days with the mess in Northern Africa.  I never thought I’d see times like these in my life time.  I t has the feeling to me of big things happening…far beyond what they cover on the news.  It’s times like these when it’s good to know God’s in control.  All of this reminds me of a day in Ghana when we were sitting in the compound and suddenly smoke started pouring over the wall!  It was very thick and began to choke us all.  Someone had been burning garbage when the fire got out of control.  It entered a vacant lot next to our house and actually began to be a threat to the property we were on.  The razor barbwire served as no protection against this threat.  From a distance the fire didn’t look like a big deal but in an instant it became a threat to us all.  Fortunately the efforts of the people on the other side of the wall stopped the fire before our house caught on fire.  I feel about the same with the threats there are globally these days.  We sit with a false sense of security thinking it could never be a problem here but I think it’s a fool’s hope to figure that we are ever going to be effected by these things.  Traveling as we have gives us a front row seat many times of the threats out there and let me tell you it’s very real…this hits home when you’re seeing it with your own eyes and not just sitting in the living room watching it on TV.   The good news is that not all is lost or dark.  We must hold to our faith and never let go because the time will come when we see just how precious it is .  Faith as we sit in the pew at church isn’t the same as church tried in the fires of difficult circumstance…faith tried like that is a precious thing indeed.  I’ve begun to stretch my faith more and more.  Actually praying for those I know online that are struggling, praying when we pass an ambulance when we’re driving somewhere…I know this is a good thing before the Lord…a blossom in an otherwise dreary day.  We don’t have to just sit as spectators to other’s suffering…our prayers really do make a difference.  I can say this for sure since I’ve been the recipient of prayers from many of you all here as well…it makes a difference…it really is a flare of color in the face our our grey circumstances!  I read a post of a friend today who has been caring for her sick mother.  It looks like the end is near for her yet she was thanking people for their support and prayers…I echo this today and I just want to say thank you to all of you who have done this and continue to do so!  Don’t give up! 


Now I want to share some more of my random bits and pieces from Africa.  Enjoy!  The sight of these crabs thrilled my wife since she’s a sea food lover…she’s a Filipino after all!  I end up eating more shell then meat when I attempt to eat such things…so she ends up feeding me like a baby!  Here is some Ghanaian “light soup” cooking…they may call it light but let me tell you it’s not anything less than hot and spicy!  This dish had a lot of okra in it..can you tell?  Oh how I wish I could grow one of these in my backyard!  I spent a lot of time around this tree…sometimes chasing lizards other times just seeking some solitude.  All houses were surrounded by high walls so you can imagine how large this flowering tree must have been!  This is the street corner of the street we lived on while in Ghana.  This is one way to keep out uninvited guests!  Gabby seems a bit mystified at the mango growing here.  We will educate here in these matters in the Philippines!  I never knew the joy of mango until I ate it straight off the tree!  It wasn’t the season in Ghana at the time but in the Philippines it’s often enjoyed green…something the Africans simply couldn’t not imagine!  We’ll show them when they come with us to the Philippines this year!  Coconuts don’t really thrill me but I love the coconut trees!  Often abroad you must watch your step or you’ll end up in the sewer…yes, I’ve been there and done that!  Plantain anyone?  If only the mango would have been ripe!  These Ghanaian children saw us walking and wanted their picture takenand of course this inspired some of us to join them…you can never deal with prejudice by treating those different than yourself in a special way…treat them as you would anyone else and you can see the beauty of the way God intended it to be!  I’m not even sure what this was so of course I took a picture!  This was our street…don’t you just wish you could walk down it feeling the tropical heat and enjoying the exotic feel of it?  Lovely and I dreamed of the day our feet would touch the red earth of Ghana West Africa together…God kept His word and that’s just what happenedbut this vision is bigger than just the two of us..African, Canadian, Filipino and America feet touched the soil together in a powerful mission of purpose…this is just the beginning


  1. I enjoyed your post today as always. I must say I am not a fan of okra. I have never had a mango though. Wonderful photos. Love the feet.

  2. What a lovely, inspiring post, Joe. I always love the photos and the one with yours and Lovely's feet is just superb.
    I agree with you about the power of prayer and I agree about such head-shaking things happening in the world, but I also think that perception is important. Take for instance the ambulance racing by. Yes, we can pray for the person on their way to help at the hospital, but on the flip side, isn't it wonderful that there was an ambulance at all! Some places can't even imagine such a thing. So, in many ways, throughout the world, even if depressed, we are very lucky indeed to have these things. Please don't misunderstand. I truly believe in the power of prayer as I have been a recipient myself of a true miracle. One day I should blog about that :)
    It is always such a heart and soul pleasure to see what you see and read what you think. I love it :D

  3. How wonderful to seen white and black colour
    of lovely's feet no matter to as human Joe:-)
    I always enjoy read your post it has very educative for us that we don't know about other side of world but you shows us in here hope I was right? anyway it is to me Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Joe,

    Yes, I believe in the power of prayer. Also about head shaking things happening in the world. The weather alone is mind boggling - But as someone commented it is all in the bible. God Bless - Nita.

  5. Thank you for this post Joe. It is right on target as usual and the photos are beautiful. Especially love the photos of the feet.
    My prayers are with my blogging friends each day.

  6. Multi colour feet their for sure, loved the photo's Joe.
    Have a lovely Weekend
    Hugs Lady J

  7. Joe...we are alike in our thought on all of these issues. (I love the pictures too, let me say)

    This which you said:
    We don’t have to just sit as spectators to other’s suffering…our prayers really do make a difference

    Is just perfect. I have thought the same many times when my eyes filled with tears. May as well DO something like pray for them or the situation rather than just fill with emotion and do nothing. That alone in your blog..jumped out at me.

    You provided good analogy that should tweak the thought of anyone reading this. Thank you for it.

    By the way, no thanks on the plantains. Eww.

  8. I always enjoy your photo tours and His message in your blogs, Joe. As for the tropical heat....I've had more than enough of that, thank you, but I would love to visit the Philippines again some day.

  9. Hi Joe, First of all I want to tell you I love the tiger photo. What a great shot!

    Joe I agree with all you had to say, and the pictures are great also. Love the one with Gabby by the fruit tree, and all the children together in your photo.

    I Shake my head when you look at all the political unrest in the world, and believe we are getting that much closer to the return of our Lord. Jesus told us to watch and pray.

    I often will do the same when I see or hear an ambulance, or just someone walking down the street.

    It is also nice to know that others are praying on our behave also. My mom has kidney disease , and is getting ever so much closer to having to go on dialysis. She is just getting over a respiratory infection and thank God it didn't turn into psneumonia. However she now has shingles, and I got a call from her early one morning and was having some bad side effects from the medication, and had to stop taking it right away. There is no other drug they can give her , so the shingles just have to take its coarse. Thank God she hasn't had any pain associated with it. I would ask that you pray for my mom's quick and painless recovery. My mom is 76 yrs.old.
    Sorry this is so long Joe.
    Have a Blessed Sunday, and thank you for your prayers.
    Dianne :)

  10. awesome feet foto i love such simple items
    showing a lot of friendship
    The fights in Cairo and first in Runesia kept me also busy Joe
    i have friends in Cairo. the fact its frightning.
    PPl from same city fighting each other.
    I pray for the peacefull ending
    the food on ur fotoos look a bit yekki to me.
    but thats only for the eyes i think.. it taste perfect no?? feeding like a baby...Joe ???? haha awesome
    i love to come and read the foto here as background is saying enough No words needed
    Tx for sharing ur extreme life experience.

  11. Thank you for visit and leaving your kind comments.
    I look at the photos again it shows everything in there and especialy Gabby's photos is very brigh happily one.

    In here we having floods everywhere and alrady started bush fire at WA which was very dry states 65 home were distroied.
    We will have a bad economy in future?
    $56 billion for this floods damage and we are going to paid livy tax.It is not much but it shouldn't happent in this country?
    Hope you have a better weather,