Words and a Pic – July 8, 2015

RusksSometimes people here in South Africa will ask us what American foods we miss. This time, while in the U.S. on our home assignment, Americans asked us what South African foods we were missing.

One of those foods is rusks — see photo. They’re a kind of toasted breakfast bar that are perfect for dipping in a cup of coffee or tea. Often, I call them my “second breakfast” — ask a “Lord of the Rings” fan about that one. Since we arrived back in Johannesburg, Ouma Breakfast Rusks and I have gotten re-acquainted. If you’re ever in our neck of the woods, stop by my office at around 9 a.m., I’ll treat you to one.

From Amy’s reading

“I have been given credit when I should not have. And there have been times when I was denied the credit due me. But that is the fate of many a teacher, the good and the bad.”

– Edward P. Jones, in The Known World (New York: Amistad/Harper Collins, 2004), 245.

An excerpt from “Back to the drawing board,” on Greg’s blog, “Theology in Overalls”

“As an American born in the middle part of the twentieth century, my worldview was shaped by individualism. As a child, I was taught to take pride in being independent. It is only as an adult living in Africa that I’ve come to question the value of independence. Instead, I’ve come to appreciate interdependence, the contentment and purpose that come from seeing oneself first-and-foremost as part of a greater whole.”

Read the whole essay here.


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