In the 30 days since my arrival in Mozambique I have witnessed the tremendous impact IRD is making in the lives of persons who participate in their programs. From the corporate headquarters in Washington DC to the various offices throughout the provinces, one can’t help but be impressed with the coordinated effort that unites donors and beneficiaries in such a transformative way. IRD’s effort to reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity caused by HIV/AIDS has been a textbook example of transforming communities. Their motto of ‘Improving Lives…Building Livelihoods’ is appropriate since so much of their work seems to focus on helping individuals by strengthening the existing communities in which they live. By giving technical support and forming partnerships with dozens of neighborhood associations, local CBOs, provincial health departments, non-governmental and governmental organizations alike, IRD provides a more sustainable and measurable impact in the local community. From the dozens of orphaned children whose parent(s) have died from AIDS to the local farmers learning new methods in agriculture, IRD has helped to improve their lives through strengthening local capacities and experiencing community with those they aim to serve. READ MORE
“This is Africa,” was the greeting my Emory colleague and I received upon our arrival to the Maputo International Airport. This common euphemism is one used by citizens and expatriates alike to describe the diversity of experiences one may encounter in a continent renowned for its rich complexities. For me, this journey to the motherland meant the end of a 30-year gestational period in which a dream conceived by curiosity and cultural longing would finally be born into reality. Finally, this Africa I had read about, studied about, learned about and taught about—I was now here. It’s by being here and experiencing Africa personally that I can really appreciate the value in my theological training.
In the field of biblical criticism one of the more popular methods of critiquing the Bible is to analyze it from three worldviews: a historical perspective, a literary perspective and an ideological (or situational) perspective. The historical view gives the reader/audience an understanding of what was happening at the time in which the text was written/depicted. The literary view helps us understand the particular nuances within the biblical text focusing on the placement of the texts and how they read. The ideological view helps us to understand not only what the text means and who wrote it, but allows for interpretations other than the original editor/writer’s to include the voice(s) of the reader. READ MORE