"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded.
And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager

With Ya, my Ga tutor in Mallam
The Rev. Mike Kinman
Executive Director
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Age: 38

Check out Forsyth School ...
where Robin teaches and
the boys attend.

Since you're already blowing time surfing,
why not do some cool stuff

  • Watch the Make Poverty History videos
  • Watch Sara McLachlan's "World on Fire" video
  • Take a seat at Oxfam America's Hunger Banquet
  • Look at the "Eight Ways to Change The World" photo exhibition
  • See how rich you are on the Global Rich List
  • Make a promise to do something cool -- and get people to do it with you
  • Use your computer to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases

    While you're at it, do these things
  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
  • Subscribe to Sojourners Online newsletter about faith, politics and culture
  • Sign the Micah Call and join other Christians in the fight against poverty
  • Subscribe to a great new magazine about women and children transforming our world

    People who show us What One Person Can Do
  • Liza Koerner (Teaching soccer and doing mission work in Costa Rica)
  • Erica Trapps (Raising money so Tanzanian children can go to school -- check out her photo gallery)

    What's happening in Sudan might
    surprise (and shock) you

  • Episcopal Diocese of Lui
  • South Sudanese Friends International
  • The Sudan Tribune
  • SudanReeves -- research, analysis and advocacy
  • Save Darfur
  • Darfur: a genocide we can stop

    For your daily fix on the irreverent...
  • Jesus of the Week
  • The Onion

    Interesting People Who Are Great To Read
  • Beth Maynard's excellent U2 sermons blog
  • Global Voices Online
  • Neha Viswanathan - poetry, commentary, humor, reflections

    Some interesting organizations and programs
  • Borgen Project - poverty reduction through political accountability
  • CARE
  • Center of Concern
  • DATA: Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (Bono's site)
  • El Circulo de Mujeres/Circle of Women
  • Engineering Ministries International
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • FreshMinistries
  • Global Campaign Against Poverty
  • Global Ministries
  • Global Work Ethic Fund -- Promoting philanthropy and fundraising in developing and transition countries.
  • Karen Emergency Relief Fund
  • Magdalene House
  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Natural Capitalism
  • NetMarkAid - Humanitarian Entrepreneurs
  • North American Association for the Diaconate
  • Peace Child International
  • People Building Peace
  • Project Honduras
  • Results - Creating political will to end hunger
  • St. Paul's Institute
  • Stop Global AIDS
  • TakingITGlobal -- connecting youth for action in local and global communities
  • Tanzania Educational AIDS Mission
  • TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) - An Australian Christian anti-poverty movement
  • Working For Change
  • Xigi.net -- an open-source tool to aid discovery in the capital markets that fund good.

    Some Episcopal churches and dioceses doing cool things
  • Companions of Swaziland - Diocese of Iowa's Companion Relationship
  • International Development Missions -- St. Paul's Church, Sparks, NV
  • The Malaria Villages Project - St. Paul's Church, West Whiteland, PA

    Must-read books and websites about them
  • What Can One Person Do: faith to heal a broken world -- Sabina Alkire & Edmund Newell
  • The End of Poverty -- Jeffrey Sachs

    Learn more about things you really should know more about
  • UN Millenium Development Goals
  • The Millennium Campaign
  • AIDS Matters - a resource for global AIDS professionals
  • Christian Aid's in-depth report: "Millennium Lottery: Who lives and who dies in an age of third world debt?"
  • Foreign Policy In Focus
  • Poverty Mapping
  • Solutions for a water-short world
  • Transparency International: The global coalition against corruption
  • UNICEF's State of The World's Children report 2005

    General cool and/or goofy stuff
  • Alicebot chat robot
  • Bono Quotes -- but what's really wild is that it's from a page on Boycottliberalism.com!
  • Buffy Slanguage
  • Big Bunny

    Useful web tools
  • Gcast - make your own podcast
  • Podzinger - podcast search engine
  • Orb - streaming digital media

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  • Tuesday, May 17, 2005
    At last! I'm finally getting around to ending the tale of the Sudan trip. What follows is just a series of photos of our last day in Lui, the flight to Nairobi and our day there. Sorry this has been so late in coming ... I'm amazed this blog gets any hits at all with as slow as I've been.

    More to say later, but for now I hope you enjoy the photos!
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:48:00 AM

    The farewell party they threw for us at the compound with all the diocesan clergy who were able to stay after the funeral and church on Sunday.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:46:00 AM

    Snapshot of two bishops. When he doesn't have use of the car, Bishop Bullen gets around his diocese on bicycle. This is a new one he had just received after his old one was stolen.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:41:00 AM

    Bishop Bullen and the people of the Diocese of Lui are committed to building a theological school so that they have a place to educate their clergy (and the clergy of surrounding areas). Many of the clergy do not receive much or adequate training. Some are fortunate to travel to Nairobi or Kampala (Uganda) for education. Bishop Bullen's dream is to have a cooperative effort with us to build the school and fill it with teachers. On our way to the airstrip, he took us to the land on which it will stand and Bishop Smith blessed the land. Since this picture was taken, the land has been cleared and made ready for building.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:38:00 AM

    On our way to the airstrip, something went wrong with one of the front wheels of the truck so we stopped and wondered how we were going to get the rest of the way. Behind us pulled another truck -- the one that had been carrying our bags -- and we stood around trying to figure out how we could get everything and everyone into it. They ended up fixing the wheel somehow, so it was moot ... but this picture does give you a look at David Charland, the Church Missionary Society missionary who gave us such interesting insights into the history, culture and current situation. He's the one with the beard standing left of Steven.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:32:00 AM

    People traveled on foot and by bicycle from 50-100 miles away for Mama Jarusa's funeral. Some of them got rides back home in this truck that passed by the Lui-Mundri airstrip while we were waiting for our plane to arrive.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:23:00 AM

    Whenever the planes came in to the airstrip, they were full of supplies. Here they unload various medical supplies and also new prayer books.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:19:00 AM

    For the entire trip, Emily had been wanting to pet the dogs that we had seen wandering around ... something that was pretty difficult as they were shooed and kicked away from us by our hosts whenever they got hear. Finally, at the airstrip, Emily got her wish. Peggy helps out with some water for the thirsty pup!
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:16:00 AM

    Lisa and Susan especially were extremely conscientious about journaling and taking down every aspect of the culture and language. Here Lisa gets one last Moru language lesson from Steven as she writes down several pages of vocabulary as we wait for all the cargo to be unloaded from the plane.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:14:00 AM

    Whenever there was activity at the Lui-Mundri airstrip, it drew a crowd ... mostly children. Lisa went up to this group and showed them her plastic hand mirror. From their reaction it was very possible that they had never seen their reflection in a mirror before. In a "Gods Must Be Crazy" moment, the one girl to whom Lisa gave the mirror did not want to share it with the others.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:12:00 AM

    Lui from the air. It's hard to see from the intense dust blowing from the North, but you can make out some of the buildings.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:05:00 AM

    Back at Lokichokio, this time on the way back to Nairobi. The airport was considerably busier this time. You can see all the UN and World Food Programme planes lined up.
    Mike at 5/17/2005 12:03:00 AM

    Monday, May 16, 2005

    The Masai Market in Nairobi. A small market compared to some of the markets I'd been to in Accra ... and definitely one that was accustomed to Western tourists. The prices were pretty high (by African standards) and we were surrounded immediately by people volunteering to be our personal shoppers and show us great deals. Like Nogales on steroids. I was able to get in the right frame of mind for the experience, having been through the Arts Centre in Accra ... some of our more introverted people were momentarily traumatized by the experience. I got a great hand-carved chess set for the boys. But the highlight was as I was leaving I traded the $10 watch I got at Target for a really cool shirt. Can't do that in America!
    Mike at 5/16/2005 11:54:00 PM

    The exterior of the Methodist Guest House in Nairobi. Beautiful grounds ... and electricity and hot showers!
    Mike at 5/16/2005 11:49:00 PM

    The Anglican Cathedral in Nairobi. Oh ... and hello all of you who have migrated this way from http://titusonenine.classicalanglican.net/ I know the link provided only gets you this picture of the Anglican Cathedral in Nairobi, but if you go to the full blog you'll get the tale of our 10-day trip to be with the Anglican Christians in the Diocese of Lui in Southern Sudan (and lots more pictures) ... also some news of a wonderful woman -- Jennifer Coil -- who is working through the Anglican Diocese of Mpwapwa in Tanzania to care for AIDS orphans. Lots of great stuff. Thanks for surfing on over ... Mike+
    Mike at 5/16/2005 11:47:00 PM

    At Ambrose's house in Nairobi. We met with representatives from the Diocese of Lui who have essentially been living in exile from the war. They are beginning to hope for return, but are skeptical the peace will last. What they are also is a thriving community. They showed us amazing hospitality and we had some wonderful conversations. From here we went to the airport and headed home! Posted by Hello
    Mike at 5/16/2005 11:42:00 PM

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