Monthly Archives: October 2011

Brain dead.

I’m hoping I’m not alone here.  I tried to write about something important to me this morning and couldn’t put into words what I wanted to say.  The problem was, I wanted to begin all my sentences with a hash tag.  Have I become so lazy in our modern-day social media world that I can’t form a cohesive sentence without it starting with #?

If you know me or are familiar with my blogs, you know that I’m not much of a writer.  Or a reader.  Or for that matter, a scholar.  But I do know that the more I rely on technology, the less-smart (Is that even a correct phrase? #seewhatImean) I become.  True, I do write more now than I ever have.  But is writing a bunch of thoughts out for people I don’t even know a way to help my thought process or my brain develop further?

I sat down to write some thank you notes a few weeks ago.  Hand written thank you’s, to be exact.  And I was appalled at how lousy my penmanship had become.  It was like I was back in fifth grade and it was the end of summer vacation and I couldn’t remember how to print out the word “fabulous.”  And forget writing in cursive.  There’s no way I could form a fancy, or cursive, “E” to save my life.  So what does one do to remedy this?

Read a book?  Write a letter?  Or just keep doing what I’m doing and hoping that I don’t get a phone call from an editor asking me to help out write a series of stories for adults.  #yeahlikethatsreallygoingtohappen.  I guess I’ll just be happy that I have this outlet and spell check to help develop my brain power just a little bit more everyday.

A week later. Why I can’t stop thinking about this movie.

I have had many opportunities in the last year to be part of a group that previews movies.  Through connections that my husband and I have made, various groups hold movie screenings and we are often able to attend.  Last week was no different.  We were invited to view the new Gerard Butler movie, “Machine Gun Preacher.”  I honestly had no idea what it was about, but judging by the title, I would have said something like, “It’s probably about a guy who uses tough guy exterior to save people.”  Ummm, yeah, so I was totally wrong.

Machine Gun Preacher is the true story of Sam Childers, a man with a rough past, a heart of gold, and a spirit that never quits.  Once a fighter, alcoholic, and drug addict, he now works on helping orphaned kids in Africa. But what I find unique about Sam is his love of kids.

Sam Childers dedicated his life to Christ in 1992. A short 6 years later he knew that the Lord was calling him to the missions field in Africa.  After seeing hundreds of orphaned children in Sudan, he knew that something needed to be done.  He used his construction skills to build an orphanage for these kids and hundreds more that followed.  He continues to fight the LRA, Lords Resistance Army, in which over 50,000 children have been abducted and as many as and 1.7 million people have been displaced. The abducted children are generally forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves until they escape, are rescued or killed. Thousands of children have become orphans as a result of brutal LRA attacks on remote villages in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda.

Gerard Butler does an outstanding job playing Sam Childers.  He portrays him as kind, gentle, but also shows his brutal side when necessary.  He is even able to hide his thick Scottish dialect and bring out a heavy midwestern american accent. I’ve always had a fondness for Gerard Butler and his pretty face, and I thought I would be a little pulled into his sea of blue eyes and not be able to focus on the depth of the film.  However, I was quite shallow in my assumptions and Gerard’s performance was remarkable, memorable, and brought me to tears about a dozen times.

I also had the honor and privilege of getting to meet Sam Childers after the film.  He is probably one of the most humble, gentle, and kind men one will ever meet.  I’m hopeful that I will get a chance to meet him again someday.  I thank God for him, his family, and his charity for giving these innocent kids a second chance at life.

Please ignore reviewers suggestions of this movie and go see it.  It’s definitely one that won’t leave your thoughts for days and maybe even weeks.  7 days later, I’m still dwelling on it and trying to figure out how this non-traveling girl can help. For more information on Sam’s charity visit, Angels of East Africa.