Luke 24:13-32
This is Jesus heartburn(I have to credit Dallas Willard for this term!)...31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Thursday, August 12, 2010


So in all the excitement and chaos of life in Salone, I have been neglecting to get one very important thing done….get my picture taken for my work permit. I knew it was going to be an experience, like many experiences here…weird! So Osseh called ahead to his friend Mohammed who has a stand…well an umbrella, chair and white sheet…across from the immigration office. Do you feel akward getting your picture taken in the middle of Walgreens? I do! But imagine getting it taken on one of the busiest corners in town. I sat in the little plastic chair and half the people who walked by stopped to watch this glorious occasion. A white woman, whose face is bright red from sunburn, and greasy as all get out gets her picture taken. Chalk that up to another awkward moment! I didn't get any marriage proposals though; so I guess in all it wasn't so bad! I asked a friend last night why men here feel free to just walk on up to you and ask for your number and say things like…God told me I would marry you, what do you think? She said its just and understanding that if you don't ask you don't know…so why not give it a try! There is no fear of rejection, they just shrug it off and go on and ask the next white woman they see on the street!

On a completely separate note, Lucy came home today. She is smiling and happy. It was fun to watch Sam, Betty and Fallah greet her and play with her. She has a small plastic, red chair that she sits in like it's her very own throne. That and her hot pink cell phone, purse, and napkin use after every bite of food earned her a new middle name...Princess.

And as it turns out Moses has the same birthday as me…just a few years laterJ


  1. Oh Cari...I am sitting here just crying my eyes out over Lucy coming home to The Covering and her new nickname, "princess". We have called our daughter Faith that since she was little. At one point when she was two I said, "Faith, come here." She stopped in her tracks and said, "My name is PRINCESS!" Just another reminder to us how God has hand-picked Lucy specifically for our family!!! PLEASE send any additional photos you can of Lucy, Moses and Mary...always interested in Sheriff and the other 80 some kids we love there!!!! THANK YOU CARI! THANK YOU!!!!

  2. wow so excting all that God is doing! God is using you greatly over in Africa! how exciting to be the hands and feet of Jesus! May God Bless you and the children! I watched the video to find Moses and I wasn't sure which baby he was. So excited that Lucy and Moses are at the covering!

    God is so good! What awesome news! So wonderful! I keep getting the shivers!

    Love Heidi

  3. Cari,
    So good to read about your adventures in Sierra Leone. We were so blessed to have Tina and Paul join us at the Kids Against Hunger conference in Minneapolis last weekend. They shared with the group about The Covering and had a chance to visit with a gentlemen who has set up a system in other countries to help neighborhoods with spiritual, physical and health development. We hope it was an encouragement for them. Continue to love on those kids over there!
    Hugs and Prayers--Kelly Jo Yaksich, Nebraska