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Tue 30 Jun

A Land of Extremes

Mark Wall

This will be my third time visiting the continent of Africa.  In my experience so far, it has been beautiful but unknown – filled with joy, yet broken and in need – incredibly life nurturing, while at the same time, stricken by physical hunger. 

Africa is truly a land of extremes. 

As I prepare for this trip and I let my mind wander a bit, I find myself wrestling with my expectations.  Since I have been a couple other times, I feel like I have a bit of a sense of what to expect – those shocking extremes that can be so difficult to experience the first time you interact with them, will hopefully be impactful but not paralyzing.

But while wrestling through some of my questions, and how best to go on this trip with as few expectations as possible – I can’t help but think that this trip is unique. It just seems different from the others I’ve been on.

For those that know me well, you know that I love to share with people the things that I am passionate about. Nothing brings me greater joy than to be able to share a fantastic new song that I’ve stumbled upon, or take someone to my favorite new restaurant, or perhaps give someone an extra ticket to a Blue Jays game…

That’s what makes this trip unique.  Not only do I get to share this trip with the Meeting House family but that’s one of the goals of the whole trip!  Can it get any better?!  We get to share this amazing opportunity with ALL OF YOU!

So as I sit back and let the wrestling in my mind fade away, it sinks in that at the end of this week, I’ll be back in Africa.


I can’t help but be filled with a sense of anticipation for what is to come. Knowing that we are going to experience the incredible ways God has been moving through the Meeting House community, while hopefully getting a glimpse of His vision for where He wants to take us in the future is overwhelming and humbling.

I can’t wait to share this journey with you – I hope you’re as excited as I am. 

Thanks for reading,

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