Like much of the country, winter made it to Albany this past week. We called off Sunday services — the first time in anyone’s memory that has happened — due to icy road conditions. The kids were out of school Monday and had late starts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

But Wednesday was the big day for the Parker household — That’s the day Jeremy and Jonathan got to play in the snow for the first time in their lives!

The only winter that Jeremy has spent in the States was when he was three years old, the winter of 2001-02 — the year we adopted Jonathan. That year we missed the snow a couple of times because of our travels and the most we saw was a few flurries.

Wednesday morning the boys were so excited to get out in the snow. In keeping with the “You can take the boy out of Africa, but you can’t take the Africa out of the boy motif,” Jonathan just can’t seem to accept that you just have to wear shoes in winter in America.

And to think that my boys’ first snowballs were aimed at dad …

Come see us in Albany and visit Shackleford county’s historic restored court house just one block from our house. ______________________________________________________________
On a much less playful note, I extend my sympathy to all the friends and family of Adam Langford and Moses Kimeze who were serving God in Uganda when they were killed in a truck crash this week. One insightful commenter on Mike Cope’s blog noted that, when praying for missionaries in the developing world, we need to remember that the greatest physical danger is not terrorists or disease (though these are real dangers), but traffic. Sadly, that has been my experience. First Nancy, then Cyndi, and now Adam and Moses.

Not long before his death, Adam had written in his blog quoting Mahatma Gandhi as saying, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Adam added in his own comments, “…I am beginning to believe we need more people who are willing to enter into the suffering of others whether they can help or not. I want to choose suffering for the sake of others.”

Adam and Moses, your service was not insignificant, and your suffering is over.