Remembering Jacobi Israel

Jacobi Israel – 10/18/12 – 1/10/13

He was born in a West African country.  His mother died shortly after his birth.  Grandmother brought him and his twin sister to an orphanage seeking help when she could no longer take care of them.

That is how he came into our lives.  What hopes and dreams we had as we began to support our daughter and her husband as they took the long road to adoption.

But it was not to be.  Before adoption could be completed, little Jacobi died.

How we hate the word “died.”  Even writing this, I tried to think of a better way to say it.  Being a Christian, I know all the answers we give.

  • He went to be with the Lord
  • He is in a better place
  • He is at rest

But the truth is, he died.

I never got to hold him in my arms, or even see him.  Still, somehow I miss him!

Being a Christian, I do have the hope that one day I will be able to hold him in my arms.

Until then, I remember you Jacobi Israel with love!

Ebola – Crisis in USA – Really?

Situation in USA

Granted, I am concerned about Ebola becoming a serious issue for our country.  I have no idea which side of the fence I should be on in this argument about banning travel and putting quarantines in place.  I’ll leave that issue for those more qualified than I am.

However, to describe our country’s situation as a crisis and focus so much attention on us seems a little self-centered to me.

Situation in Sierra Leone and other Western African countries

In Sierra Leone Ebola is not just a health crisis – Ebola is a humanitarian disaster of serious proportions. Here are some of the ripple effects that are impacting the country.

  • Food prices are up 25%.
  • 47% of farmers have had significant disruption to their farming process and yields.
  • 75% of those affected by Ebola are farmers.
  • Quarantines and blockades have prevented access to farms.
  • Agricultural investors have left the country, along with many other business investors.
  • Many people are down to only 1 meal a day.
  • Markets have been closed, so buying food becoming a challenge.
  • Schools have been cancelled.
  • The UN is predicting that up to 750,000 people will die of malnutrition and starvation in the next few months.

While we should be concerned about our country, let’s not forget to pray – and to give – to help those countries where there really IS a crisis!