Greg King

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Show Stopping Move

Isolated mosquito 02It was a show-stopping move by any standards. Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and a renowned philanthropist, let loose a swarm of mosquitoes at a technology conference in California to highlight the dangers of malaria.

‘Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,’ the Microsoft founder yelled at a well-heeled crowd at a technology conference in California.

’I brought some,’ he added. ‘Here, I’ll let them roam around – there is no reason only poor people should be infected.’

Check out the article here:

Obviously Bill Gates has come under fire for pulling such a show stooping move, but it makes you wonder what is it going to take for most Americans to wake up from our comfortable life. The fact is the world that I live in is not te real world. Did you know that Up to 2.7 million people a year still die of malaria each year and that 75 percent of them are African children. The community that we are partnering with in Kandaria, Kenya is a place in which you have to take several precautions because of the malaria carrying mosquitos. I can’t imagine having to worry about that as a parent. It is time that we set this as a priority to help our brothers and sisters in Africa.

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February 6, 2009 Posted by | Africa | 2 Comments

I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me

I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why “I need Africa more than Africa needs me.” Mocha Club [www.mochaclub.org] is a community-based website where members like our family can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club’s vision is to provide a way for people who don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa.

After watching this video the faces and images that I saw in Africa just over 10 weeks ago came flooding back to my mind and my heart. The truth is those faces are with me everyday. Almost everyday I try and process something that happens in my life with the new reality that I gained in the villages of Kenya. My new reality is this: Circumstances do not define happiness. For too long I have allowed my circumstances to dictate my joy in this life. This way of thinking was shattered as I watched men and women sing and dance while experiences challenges that I cannot even comprehend.  The fact is I have so much…too much. How can I not give with all that I have and all the things that I feel I have to have in this life. I think Mother Teresa was talking directly to me when she made this statement:

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”  -Mother Teresa

So while I know that I am needed and can make a difference in Africa, the truth is I need Africa more than Africa needs me.

Please Share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. I would love to see the people that read this blog make a real impact in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Africa. Join in this worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. If you would like to join my Mocha Club team please click on this link: My Mocha Club Team and then invite your friends. The time has come where we can no longer just sit by and do nothing.

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Africa | 2 Comments

Gallons of Waste

I’ve officially been back from Africa for one week and I am continually struck by the stark difference between the world I live in and the world I just left. In the book of James the author gives a challenge to those who are rich. I have to be honest that I never associated myself as the one being addressed in this passage. Let me be honest my 401K is nothing to brag about and in the States I would never be considered one of the rich. However God shook up my world to show me that in the world’s eyes and in His eyes I am rich.

I thought about this the other night, as I once again left the water running while I was brushing my teeth. The fact that having clean water is not an issue for our family is one of the key evidences that I am rich.  The most important physical need in the lives of most people in Africa is clean water. Here are some things that you may not know about the issues of water in Africa:

Water-related diseases is the single largest killer of infants in developing countries.

1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea, which is 4,900 per day

The average American uses 150 gallons of water each day to cook, clean and drink. The average African person struggles to find 5 gallons of water each day.

Only 61% of Kenya’s population has access to an improved drinking water source

On average, women in rural Africa spend 26% of their time each day collecting water, often walking more than five miles each way to the nearest water source, which prevents many of them from working or attending school and puts them at greater risk for sexual harassment and assault

When you would talk to people you realized that the thought of getting water was always on their mind. Notice that I said water and not clean water. The water that most people labored to retrieve reminded me of what the tea looks like from Chick-Fil-A. How could you possibly be motivated to think or do anything else without water? The distance and risk that ladies go to secure dirty water is baffling. In one village the doctors told the mothers with HIV that it would be safer for them to breast feed their babies than to risk giving their babies water. Just let that thought sink in for a moment. A doctor tells you that you have a choice to let your baby die of AIDS or die due to diseases from unclean water and yet the water flows in our house almost without a thought. Below I have included a few pictures of the path that the ladies traveled 3-4 times each day to collect drty water. I struggled making the trek down this path as tears kept coming to the surface with the thought of my wife having to carry 30-40 lb jug of water up and down this path.

So God’s Spirit is heavy upon me and I am praying that He would use my income and leverage my gifts make a difference. All I know is that I cannot be the same person anymore. Below is a set of pictures of the path the ladies had to travel to get water. The second picture is me halfway down the path looking back up.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Africa, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Out of Africa

How does one describe things that they have seen when words lack the proper impact to adequately paint the proper picture? That is what I am struggling with as I try to put into words all that I saw and experienced in Africa. Over the next several weeks I will do my best to process with you what I experienced and how my life can never be the same. I hope to share with you the ups and downs as well as the moments that shook me to the core of my soul.

I also wanted to say a huge thank-you for everyone who prayed and helped my family as my little girl was in the hospital for part of the time that I was away. A special thank-you for those core friends that went the extra mile to make my family their family. I love you and am so glad that our families are doing life together. So once the jet lag begins to lift and my head clears I will start putting into inadequate words my expereinces in Africa.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Africa | Leave a comment