Six Degrees of Limpopo

May 20, 2007

Here’s the overview of Jeff and Jason’s trip to Limpopo, Zimbabwe. Do you have 10 minutes? If not, please come back when you do, because I’d really like you to watch this and think through some things with me.

The way World Vision does things, an Area Development Program (ADP) has five main thrusts:

  1. Clean water and sanitation—like the well
  2. Irrigation—vital for increasing crop yield
  3. Health clinics
  4. Education
  5. Establishing businesses—like sewing school uniforms, and making soap

All this is played out against the ever-present backdrop of AIDS, like the seventh-grade girl Matilda being cared for by her grandparents because she was orphaned.

As you can see, Jeff and Jason made a personal connection with the World Vision folks there. In terms of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon“, that means that I have become just two “steps” away from them. Two.

It’s a small world after all.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.