Around the World in 80 Days, Day 58: Chile – South America’s Most Stable Democracy?

At this moment, I am on a flight following the spine of the Andes northward from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru.  Running some 4,300 miles, the Andes are the longest continuous mountain range in the world.  Looking out on the endless snowcapped peaks, I am reminded of the 90s film, Alive.  It is the story … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 48: A Nigerian Christian Comments on His Country’s Star Rating

People from all over the world write to us about any number of things.  It may be to thank us for our work or to pour out venom on it.  It may be to request resources or to challenge us in some way.  Regardless, I seldom have opportunity to respond.  But the email below was … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 44: Nigeria, Part 5 – The Fast and the Furious

Yesterday, my last day in Nigeria, began uneventfully.  A rooster in a field near the house where I am staying awakened me as usual.  Unfortunately, it was his habit to awaken me several times during the night.  I am convinced he is blind and has no idea when it is dawn, so he just cock-a-doodles … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 43: Nigeria, Part 4 – The People the West Forgot

At the time of writing this, I have been in Nigeria for almost a week.  My time here defies a simple description or even a simple narrative.  Experiences are intensified by the extreme emotions one feels in a place like this: The encouragement I felt at meeting people with whom I share a common faith, … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 42: Nigeria, Part 3 – Heart of Darkness

“Go about this trip confidently and being friendly, but never betraying yourself as a first timer [to Nigeria],” my friend, Jwan Zhumbes, the Anglican Bishop of Bukuru, had warned me.  “Do not ask questions that will sell you off as someone who has never been here before … And answer, if you must, only questions … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 41: Nigeria, Part 2 – Why Go to a Dangerous Country?

Embassies and consulates are a country’s storefront.  In them, nations typically endeavor to put their best foot forward because they know that these outposts not only represent their country, but are quite probably all that most will ever see of it.  The idea is to impress, to make a statement of national greatness.  Tuvalu, for … Read more