Ten things I love about being in America

June 27, 2013 in Life, Mark, Culture, Front

Recently we transitioned from life in Mpanda, Tanzania, to Oregon in the USA where we’ll be for the next few months. Below are ten things that I’m really enjoying about life in America. Once you’ve browsed through these, you might like to take a look at the ten things that I’m missing about our life in Tanzania

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Transitions…

May 27, 2013 in Life, Wycliffe, Mark, Africa, Front, Tanzania

The last few months have been a busy time for us, hence the lack of blog posts! In March we flew to our head office in Dar es Salaam, where I was part of a committee discussing how our Uganda-Tanzania Branch is governed. While that doesn’t sound very exciting, the meetings were actually very interesting and we made some good progress towards thinking through how staff from various countries and cultures can all give input in to policy, and how this might work in practice.

In Dar es Salaam we were also asked by our branch leadership to consider moving in to new assignments next year, and to bring forward our planned time in the UK and the US so that we would be back in Tanzania to start our new jobs in early-2014. So on arriving back in Mpanda we concentrated on handing our work over to our colleagues, particularly Isaack who will be taking on much of the day to day running of the office that I have been responsible for.
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Technology: hope or distraction?

October 12, 2011 in Mark, Computer, Culture

Much has been said and written over the last week about the life and achievements of Steve Jobs, who founded and ran one of the most successful companies ever, producing technological products that continually pushed the boundaries of expectation. Following his death last week, aged 56, many tributes have been paid to the way in which Jobs apparently changed the world, with much interest also in his philosophy on life, and death.

But amongst all the glowing tributes, two articles have really stood out and made me think. The first is from Eddie, who questions whether Steve Jobs did indeed change the world as many have claimed. Read the rest of this entry →