Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Did You Know?

Picture: Praying for the world, in Orlando over New Year's.

I love to learn new stuff. Reading, editing, augmenting, and checking info the others pull together for our ezine each week often introduces me to things I'd like to pass on. Things like this --

1. An interesting fact from a news source in the Netherlands:

The big Christian revival that really kicked things off in Korea, about 100 years ago? It happened in what is now =North Korea=! Who would have thought? So now, Korean Christians around the world are calling for people so stay up all night on the anniversary of the revival (Next Wednesday, January 14) to pray for North Korea. It has become a pretty scary place in the intervening years. More info here.

2. What's happening this week in Iran:

It's Ashura! That's the 10th day of the month of Muharram, when Shi'a Muslims mourn their slaughtered leaders from a few centuries back by parading through the streets beating themselves with chains and sticks, and wailing loudly. Over in Iraq many will be making the pilgrimage to Karbala, where one of those martyrs has his tomb. By the time you read this they will be home nursing their wounds. One thing about those Shi'i (redemptive analogy?): They are acquainted with sorrow.

3. A good joke from Burkina Faso:

A Fulani man gets into a bush taxi. Being a devout and respectable man, he took his shoes off before getting into the vehicle.

When the bush taxi arrived at its destination, he opened the door to get out, and exclaimed:

"Hey! Where are my shoes? I left them just outside the door!"

Got this from Keith Smith (no relation) here. I think I may have heard it attributed to a different culture, before... but you know, there are only so many good jokes to go around!

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