The Story Behind the Footage of that Last Scene

The final scene in the Kickstarter video for Heart of Africa shows two young men, one white and one black, embracing tearfully. The audience surely senses their closeness, but won’t know their history.Jared Wigginton, the Anglo in that scene, was in the Missionary Training Center branch where my husband and I served. He was one of the missionaries headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo. When he let us know that we could email him, he became the first of my adopted sons—eventually tot … [Read more...]

Our Little Village: In Tragedy and in Joy

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I was doing garden work when two of my children ran up to me, panting. “Somebody got hit by a car!” my daughter managed.I inhaled sharply. My immediate reaction was to be sure my own children were safe. At these unthinkable moments, our deepest fear is that it was OUR child who was hurt. … [Read more...]

My brother–in an Otavalo cemetery

Dell and Me in Yucatan, 1963

This beautiful essay is by my brother, Dell Blair. Dell and I love Central and South America. Dell speaks Quichua and Spanish. Our siblings tended to go more to China. Dad went everywhere. This is one of the great Blair legacies. We do not tour. We root ourselves in places and people. Dell's essay shows it so movingly.Amado Maldonado.Shoulder deep into the dark soil the shovel tip snagged the edge of another casket.“Good,” said Rafael. “Dig to the end and down. Just make a l … [Read more...]


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