Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This how you write the letter name of the short "U" which is pronounced "damma": ضَمّة
This is how it will look on its own: ُ
This is how it looks with the "S" sound, making the syllable "su": سُ
This is how you elongate it into a long "ooo" sound: و
This is what "su" with a long U sound looks: سُو
This is how you spell "suq" (long u), which means "market." سُوق
This is how you spell "markets", pronounced aswaq (long a on the second syllable): أسْواق
(One must keep in mind thatسُوق is instead written سوق, since it is normal to think as ا،ي،و as elongation letters.)
I learned I better stick with French.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
"Could you please allow us to pick up the pitiful children who have lost their parents in the cyclone," he pleaded. "They have no families and are completely alone." Yohannan said permission had been granted and that the children will be cared for.
I am so very glad that the church is being allowed in to care for people and show Christ's love. (If you follow the link there are ways to donate to GFA, the organization that plants Believers Churches in the 10/40 window. You can also donate to World Vision, which is another Christian organization working in the area.) At the same time, I am continuing to pray that God would allow US churches to directly make in impact in these regions. The world considers the US to be a "Christian nation," and so they watch very carefully what we do. I hope that we are given the opportunity to be His hands and feet.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I am tired of being a single-issue voter. I hate it. I hate obediently throwing my weight behind a candidate because of one single topic (which technically the president doesn't even have much say over.) I considered not taking into account abortion this election, playing a little game of Supreme Court Justice Roulette (they all seem to be in fine health), betting on the odds that this won't be the term where things change. I was even swayed by Obama's speeches on abortion, how he said that we need to focus on being proactive and work together to make abortion less likely to happen. As I thought about it I came to the conclusion that the blue politicans are really the ones who do more in terms of prevention. I almost had myself convinced. Then I read a recent post by a friend that made it black and white again, much more so than I wanted it to be.
As complex as this issue is, what disgusts me most is when politicans support this because of feminism. I will hear out an argument about what the government's place is in legislating morality. I will hear out an argument about how it prevents back-alley abortions. The one I can't stand is the outdated view that ending abortion is an attack on women. If feminists truly cared about women, they would be in an uproar about the recent finding that female babies are being aborted in India because women want sons. India's prime minister recently said "No nation, no society, no community can hold its head high and claim to be part of the civilized world if it condones the practice of discriminating against one half of humanity represented by women." He went on to call the practice "inhuman, uncivilized and reprehensible" -- and so far the feminists' response has been silence.
I wish they would choose a side. Stand for women or stand for a party, but don't pretend that it's the same thing.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
*to unravel toilet paper, leaving festive streamers behind
*to cross his hands and feet
*to make noise during prayer (I think they're saying amen.)
*to smile with his tongue sticking out
*to gaze at people while they eat
*to (drumroll please).... click to find out!