Thursday, November 18, 2010

Floors and Generators

As I said yesterday, we're getting hardwood floors installed in our house. That means that we had to move nearly everything on the main floor out to the garage so the workers could rip out carpet, lay the wood, sand, stain, and apply sealer. Today is the sanding stage and the floors are carpeted in a fine layer of wood dust.

So what does that have to do with Nigeria? Well, my floors at this stage remind me in some respects of the mud huts at the Hwol Yarje village. Except that I'm not bending over to sweep with a 3-foot-long handled whisk broom each morning. And the large generator parked on the street outside my house makes me think about Faith Alive's dying generator that needs to be replaced. Without a new one, desperately ill patients can't receive necessary tests (lab work and x-rays), surgeons have to operate with battery-operated headlamps, and thousands of patients don't have access to the pharmacy's computer-run database when the existing, outworn generator frequently fails.

Whether you're updating your house this holiday season or not, will you please join me in remembering Faith Alive's need for a new generator? We plan to write a check to our floor guys AND a check to Faith Alive. If you want to donate to Faith Alive's new generator fund, please send your check to Hope for West Africa (new address: 8736 Marburg Manor Drive, Lutherville, MD, 21093) and write "FA Generator" in the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible. Your donation could literally mean the difference between life and death for our Nigerian brothers and sisters.

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