I Have Truly Missed the Gospel in Action, it is Great to be Home

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Image by Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project.

I have some thoughts about seminary after having a very difficult time this fall with my academics. I found some old letters that inmates on death row wrote me as part of a pen-pal program at the Open Door Community in Atlanta. I am stunned by the tragedy of the death penalty. What the Open Door Community calls the “American Domination System” is strongly tied to oppressing the mentally ill, the poor, and the weak. Reading these letters again refreshes why I am in seminary. I am not in seminary to get good grades, I am there to serve God. I would like to see if I can perform field education at the Open Door Community or at a place closer to Princeton like it.  We fed 175 people at the Open Door Open Door Community Christmas meal. Some people we gave warm cloths and basic medicine to. Then we ate a delicious Turkey dinner that we served to our friends.  I was reminded today of James 1:

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

I have truly missed the gospel in action, it is great to be home!

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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