Thanks to all who helped support this good work! Salomon has prepared this follow-up report with information and pictures from the event. God Bless and Happy New Year!
When Stacey and I visited Africa in 2015, we had the good pleasure of meeting Salomon and Gloriose. They were both graduating from African Christian College in Swaziland and planning to return to their home country of Burundi along with their newborn son, Eloah.
Since that time, we have maintained contact with Salomon. He is continuing his education and becoming a leader in his and surrounding communities.
Salomon shared his vision with me to break the cycle of violence and revenge by sharing the forgiveness offered by believing in Jesus Christ. He feels it is the only way to reduce the violence in his country. Since returning to Burundi, both Salomon and his young son, Eloah, have suffered being poisoned by those who wish him harm.
Salomon has a heart for people and has shared a project that he has undertaken to bless 62 widows from the town of his birth after a recent visit. The reason for so many widows is the civil wars from 1959, 1965, 1972, 1987-88, 1993-2005 and 2015 in which it is primarily the men who died.
Salomon has had the idea of blessing these widows with a gift package in the last week of December, 2018, including food and other staples, including rice, beans, cooking oil, salt, sugar, soap and clothing. He has specifically chosen this timing because Christmas can be particularly difficult for those without family.
In summary, we would like to help in this project and invite you to also consider helping. The projected cost for the project is $2693, or just under $45 per widow. I've attached a pdf of the email that Salomon sent to me regarding this project. It contains more detailed information.
Please let us know if you would like to contribute to this work. We are happy to consolidate any gifts into one bank transfer.
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I've been an avid music listener since I was 5 years old. I recall listening to the radio and waiting for my favorite songs to come back around in the rotation. I imagined and dreamed of the possibility of music "on demand". Digital technology has made it a reality and now am able to listen to my choice of songs anytime I want and explore new music all the time!
I was about 11 years old when I started wanting to play guitar. I've played pretty much since then, but I've come to appreciate that it's not the number of years I've played that makes the difference, but rather the number of hours. I've been blessed to be able to play with a group of musicians on a weekly basis for the past 15 years.
Terrapin Station, home of Imani Natural Products, is an 8800 square foot facility for music, art and wellness that includes a soundstage where we play music every week. My involvement with music has expanded beyond Terrapin and into the surrounding communities where I help organize music events.
When I was younger, I didn't realize the value of music as much as I do now. But as the years pass, I have begun to see analogies in music that relate to so many other areas of my life. I believe that music, especially playing music with others, teaches us more than meets the eye.
As years go by, we learn more about ourselves. Ideally, we become more comfortable with our place in the world. Our differences create a myriad of potential outcomes and makes the world go around, so to speak. I'd like to use this blog to share my thoughts from time to time. I'm likely to share information about Imani products, but I would also like to share some deeper observations.
My wife, Stacey, and I spend countless hours talking. We talk about this business. We talk about our family. We talk about our dreams. We are blessed to have each other and blessed to have developed an aromatic lifestyle, but it has also been a lifestyle of growing and learning. From the beginning, we experienced the relentless nature of working with the oils. By that I mean the emotional aspects within ourselves, our relationships and our business. The oils seemed to demand that we grow in an authentic way. Our capacity to grow personally has related in many ways to our ability to grow a business with essential oils. At this point, we use our oils for so many things that it is difficult to imagine being without them. They are a gift of nature that we believe were created for such a time as this.
There is something unique and beautiful about essential oils in this age of technology. Unlike sound and color, aroma has not, and perhaps cannot, be digitized! The truth is that the awareness and use of essential oils has exploded in this generation...just like digital technology. In a subtle way, essential oils may help counterbalance the feeling that our world is becoming off-kilter. Essential oils are a way to regain and strengthen our connection with nature.
I am reminded of a favorite quote by Bruce Barton
Sometimes when I consider the tremendous consequences that come from little things, I am tempted to think that there are no little things.