Since I am composing this post on my phone, it won't be a long one. But thanks to the wonders of technology and the appropriateness of this Friday's word, I couldn't resist.
I am visiting some dear friends in Jinja, Uganda. Yesterday I had the opportunity to go out to a local village for a bi-weekly Bible study. My missionary friend brought along a Flat Stanley from a little boy in Michigan. We took pictures of him with all the kids who came to church. My traveling giraffe Haji joined in the fun as well. When that little boy gets his Flat Stanley back, I know he'll be super excited to hear all about Africa and the things his friends are doing here. But for me, it wasn't second hand or by proxy. From the red dirt covering my feet to the language barriers bridged by a smile -- for me, it was all very real.