Favorite quotes

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant, And an elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!” -Dr. Seuss.  Related blog.

“Racism is an adult disease and its time for us to stop using our children to pass it on.” -Ruby Bridges.  Related blog.

“If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance.” -African proverb

“It matters little how much information we possess about development if we have not grasped its inner meaning.” –Denis Goulet

Hastiness is a “psychic disease” of our era, and “in the world of spirit, business, keeping up with others, hustling hither and you, makes it almost impossible for an individual to form a heart, to become a responsible, alive self.” -Quentin Schultze, citing Alexander Solzhenitzyn and then quoting Soren Kierkegaard.  Related blog.

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” -Wendell Berry.  Related blog.

“When you speak up for the speechless you will go on being oppressed, but you must know that what you are saying is right.  You can’t save someone without sacrificing—your time, your money, and it can even reach your life.”  -Ernest, a Burundian friend who spent time in prison for refusing to fight in Burundi’s ethnic war.

“We are the masters of keeping people breathing, but we know very little about really being alive.” Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

“What if your desire to ‘make an impact’ is just a form of grasping for immortality?” -Glenn Packiam. Related blog

“In every society of the bottom billion there are people working for change, but usually they are defeated by the powerful internal forces stacked against them.  We should be helping the heroes.”  – Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion

“One of life’s most soul-killing choices is to work at variance with what we know to be true, good, just or beautiful.”  -Arthur Paul Boers. Related blogs

“Mud is actually fascinating.” –G.K. Chesterton

“In the Middle East, you honor people not by inviting them, but by visiting them…  God pitched his tent among us.” Ramez Atallah of Egypt, Urbana guest speaker.  Related blog

“How do you plant bananas in a desert?  You dig deep.”  Sister Theresa, the 76-year-old German nun who has spent 53 years in Africa starting health clinics and demonstration gardens, who treated Phoebe’s tonsilitis in a Kenyan village.

“Beware of posing as a profound person—God became a baby”  Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Nov. 22.  Related blog

“Tough time does not last long but tough people always last.”  Dr. Ilori, Nigerian principal of the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa (ESSA), where we worked since July 2008, through intense financial shortages. Related blog

“As we learn to see the world through the eyes of others and then return to our own culture, we come back as “outsiders” and begin to see it through new eyes.  It is important that missionaries… and church leaders meet and dialogue with one another, both to learn to see their own worldviews and also to recognize alternative Christian responses and, in the process, to read the Scriptures in a new light as transforming all worldviews we bring with us.”  Paul Hiebert.  Related blog.

“We’re going to learn more and more from our Christian brothers and sisters in the so-called Global South… Let’s listen to them.”  Gordon Macdonald in Fall 08 Leadership Journal article, “Leading in White Water.”

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