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Monthly Archives: August 2005

The wonderful thing about Vancouver is that you get to meet people from different parts of the world, but I guess that is the case in most cities around the world. The sad thing is when you have to say goodbye.

Yesterday we said goodbye to our friend Regina who is moving to Edmonton to do her masters 😦 We went to a great restaurant called the Weezie Cafe on Granville and 14th or somewhere near that intersection. They had great food.

Then we had a little dinner for our friends the Sullivans who are moving back to Australia. It was a fun evening of fellowship and festing. We took our friends down to walk on the Fraser River. We had a beautiful sunset.

Wedding Reception
Originally uploaded by julio and Lisa.

Here is Eddie and Jess ready to leave at the end of their reception. It was a wonderful wedding. It was a memorable experience. Jess’s immediate family and church family were welcoming and loving. We had a blast. It was a treat to see my whole family. Lisa and I can’t wait to see everyone again.

French sports daily L’Equipe accused Lance of
taking an enhancement drugs to win the Tour.
What ever you think, you got to look up to the
guy for facing the accusation head on.
Tonight he is going on Larry King Live.
That should be interesting.
I think he is clean, I don’t have any evidence, but it seems that the lab was not following the rules.
Their test had to remain anonymus because they did not have two samples of blood from Lance since it was from 1999.

Francios Thomazeua in Cycling News Wire writes:

Regardless of their scientific validity, the way in which the results of the tests on Armstrong’s 1999 samples have been obtained is in breach of anti-doping procedures.

Adrian Wojnarowski writes:

Either he’s the most persecuted athlete of our time, or the biggest fraud ever.

Andy raises some good points. He basically says the guy is untouchable. Hopefully the truth come out soon.
I am one of those that wants to believe the best in Lance.

Check out our pictues from El Salvador by going to our
Welcome Page.

Habitat for Humanity Construction
Originally uploaded by julio and Lisa.

This is the house Lisa and I worked on with Habitat for Humanity. We had a blast in El Salvador working with our friends from Kits Community Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Got and email from Sojo today and this was a little quote they had. I thought it would be good to post. I have been discouraged by the media coverage of the Gaza pull out and these guys say it better than I do.

Demolition double-standard in Gaza

AMY GOODMAN: On the issue of demolishing homes, I have noted over the last few days with the mainstream press in the United States, there’s been a great effort to get the voices of Jewish settlers out, and you can hear the pain in their voices as they talk about their homes for many years, being forced out of them…. [W]e rarely hear that kind of extended interview with a Palestinian whose home has just been destroyed.

AMIRA HASS: Well, that’s, of course, the fault of, as you say, the mainstream media, and which pains much more the loss of a huge house built at the expense of the Palestinians than the loss of thousands of Palestinian houses…which were very often demolished in order to safeguard the security of those very settlements.

From the transcript of an August 15 interview between Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! and Amira Hass, an Israeli Jewish journalist for Haaretz newspaper who has lived and worked in Gaza and the West Bank for many years.

Here is an article for more info: Disengagement from Gaza

Originally uploaded by HolgaVision.

We leave on Friday for Birmingham to go to our friend Eddie and Jess’s wedding. We are so excited to be there for their wedding! YEEEEAAAAHHHH!

Originally uploaded by misoponia.

It is amazing to see El Salvador’s fertile land. One small farmer said to me, “We are blessed here. We just plant the crop and it grows. We don’t worry about the water or anything else.” We went to visit Emmanuel Baptist rural projects. It was one of the best church I had ever seen. They have agricultural education. They help the farmers develop organic fertilizers and pesticides that are non-toxic. They have started something called lumbricultura, using worms to produce fertilizer. They have started raising goats and chickens to help improve the nutritional intake of the local farmers. They were a hopeful people.

I loved getting to know the brothers and sisters form Emmaunel Baptist.

Going to El Salvador hit me hard. One of my friends was able to capture my feelings by comparing it to an experience he had. He said one time he went to a football game and everyone was cheering and celebrating during the game. He got a call from a friend that his friend’s father died in a car accident. He returned to the game and it was not the same, he could not understand why everyone was celebrating and having fun. In a sense I have returned to Canada and I feel the same way. Maybe something thing is dying inside of me to give life to something new. Wow! How can I live as a privilidge human that follows Christ? I have a passion for justice and seeing God’s kindom come. In the face of injustice how do I live? That is something that I want to discover.

We spent lots of time with people from different levels of life. The sentiment was the same all around: Life is getting harder for people. Salvadorans have said to us, “It is sad when a congressman in the US has more power in our country that we do.” Or “El Salvador no longer belongs to the Salvadorans.” The dollarization of the economy was not supported by the popular vogte, but it passed. It has been something that has not benifited the common person. The salaries are still paid in colones and then converted to dollars. That is not benificial for the people. So what do they do? We talked to some people in the rural villages and a social worker in that area. They said to us that pipianes (a type of squash) used to cost 8 for a $1 US. Now things are getting more expensive and it costs $1 for three. They said before they could feed their family for a days wages, but now that is becoming impossible. One guy that harvested sugar cane was telling us that he gets paid $5 for harvesting three rows of sugar cane by hand. Most of the harvesting is done by hand because the terrain cannot be harvested by machine. Ten years ago, one of his friends used to do the same work. He got paid $12 US for the same job. So what are the people supposed to do?

The Salvadoran people are saying, “We are now exporting the best of our country. We are exporting our children.” So El Salvador’s economy is sustained by people working outside the US and sending money back. What are the solutions?

This is frustrating because I don’t have any answers.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan looking to become govener went to El Salvador. Here is an article about his visit:
Duncan Excursion Fit for an Ambassodor by Nancy Trejos and Krissah Williams.
Here is an excerpt:

On the business front, Duncan did not negotiate any concrete trade agreements but made clear to Salvadoran companies that he wants their business in Montgomery. He also plans to continue talking to chamber of commerce leaders he met here. And Duncan said he wants to encourage Salvadorans to start businesses in Montgomery or invest in El Salvador, rather than simply sending back their earnings. He also suggested a partnership between Montgomery College and a Salvadoran university.

“What’s amazing to me is the potential that’s here,” he said. “This is a country that has suffered a civil war. The sense I got is they have turned a corner.”

Salvadorans in Montgomery said Duncan did not get a full picture of their homeland. “It’s really important that he goes to see the tourist areas in El Salvador and the few development projects the government has built, but in reality the living conditions of Salvadorans are deteriorating,” said Freddy Tejada, an Aspen Hill resident who represents the opposition left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party. “Why are people constantly coming to this country to look for better opportunities?”

It is interesting to see this guy take such an interest in El Salvador. I wonder how this visit will improve things in El Salvador? I agree with him that the money going back to El Salvador should be invested to make it grow. The question is how will this money be invrested. I like the idea of partnering with Montgomery College and a Salvadoran university. That would be a great project to get some of the kids in the US aliented from their roots back to El Salvador.

Some food for thought for today.

Check out this web page: New Breed Music. I just saw their video on iTunes. This group has some fun music and they are praising God too. Good stuff.