God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

Day 14: 30th April 2011

Unlimited internet access and enough time to use it. The disadvantage is that you also get the bad news, even concerning oneself: flash floods and mud floods in Columbia with many people dead for example, our next country to reach. That means destroyed infrastructure like roads on the route we want to take. The national police have already inquired about our plans to send us alternative routes as she wants to protect us on our way through the country. Or take the eruption of a volcano in Ecuador. The Tunguarhua is coughing up stones of the size of buses, lava and smoke less than 50 km away from the way we want to use. But there is also good news: we have not felt the earthquake in Panama, just read about it on the internet.

Otherwise we have also simple things to do: washing clothes and beaming up all pictures with persons holding the globe in their hands into cyberspace, of course with the original text, why they want to move the world. Being responsible for the media means to work every day.
We organise food for the weekend and Yvonne like most guests wonder how we can use a holiday facility to work the whole day. And to show her empathy she has cooked a chicken soup a la Panama. A great treat and in the evening we braai. Our grouse Katrin has prepared a huge amount of salad, Guido, our navigator has prepared the table and Lothar, our Lutheran lay preacher and technician shows his skills in bringing meat to a tasteful perfection. And the rest just join in to enjoy the food. Well everybody has a task to perform..

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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