Posts Tagged ‘Yemen’

a yemen flashback

20 May 2009

When I was in Yemen, I took this trip out to Shibam/Kawkaban/Thulla with Ed, an amusing British student. We were hiking up from Shibam to Kawkaban when Ed, a secular English Jew started singing. It wasn’t necessarily that he started singing that surprised me, it was what he started singing.

Shine Jesus Shine
Fill this land with the Father’s Glory…

It was a bit much for my Christian yet anti-protestant-worship-music heart.

“You’re British, how do you know that song?” then a pause. “You’re JEWISH, how the HELL do you know that song?”

edit: his answer was much less interesting that I would have hoped. A paraphrase, if you will: Well, while English schools claim to be secular, really they are much less so that you would think. That’s English education for you.

CoE, I thought you were better than that.

a very short post in which i show how conceited i am by quoting myself.

14 February 2009

“you know you’ve got the wanderlust when going to saudi doesn’t sound like the worst idea ever.” ~dana c. four months ago.

Yemen’s floods.

31 October 2008

Yet again the prayer for refugees is stuck in my heart. Massive floods in Yemen have killed many many people. Pictures from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.  (Via Worshiply)

ALMIGHTY and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;

look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

I knew there was a reason I love NPR.

25 September 2008

“Known locally as “jambiya,” these ornamental knives may be the world’s most phallic fashion accessory for men.” NPR Morning Edition report on the Yemeni Jambia.