"Voluntary ignorance is as dangerous as it is easy" -Chris Heuertz
Something that has crossed my mind in the past month:
We have a choice; to learn or to ignore, to think for ourselves with creativity or let our cultures determine us, to let injustice and immorality seep into our lives or to stand up for those who are innocent and deal justly with people near and far from us. I wonder what we are letting slip by us as we choose to ignore people and situations around us. I pray for open eyes and heart to see what matters in this world.
Living a voluntarily "deprived" lifestyle; a commitment to simplicity, conservation, resourcefulness and moderation has impacted me through and through. I will divulge more on this later. But first let me introduce our lives to you.
We live in the subtropics. In rustic cabins, wood with screens. No door knobs. This is our cabin.
It's name is Amani, which means "Peace". All the cabins are named "Peace" in a different language. What a beautiful testament to a life lived next to Jesus Christ. Peaceful, just right. We have no AC or electricity in our cabins. We've learned to live with the uncomfortable heat and will learn to live in the uncomfortable cold as well.
These are our outhouses. They get cleaned at least once a day.
This is our dining room where we eat together as a community. For first month we were not allowed to use the lights inside. We have a gas stove inside but we also have a "primitive" cooking area out back where we cooked many of our meals over a fire during the first month.
Our meals for the month of September were mostly international and meant to stretch us. We ate smaller portions than we were used to, not snacking in between meals and were exposed to tastes that were foreign to us. The guys often went to bed hungry. Breakfasts were often meals that would be more appropriate for lunch in America, such as Hatian spaghetti. This is a Kenyan dish, sweet potato porridge.