Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and, when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

Louis de Bernières, Corelli’s Mandolin

I no longer believe love works like a fairytale but like farming. Most of it is just getting up early and tilling the soil and then praying for rain. But if we do the work, we just might wake up one day to find an endless field of crops rolling into the horizon. In my opinion, that’s even better than a miracle. I’d rather earn the money then win the lottery because there’s no joy in a reward unless it comes at the end of the story.

Over the years, I’ve grown to love a country in Africa: Burundi. Last year my daughter and I went to work with Friends of Hope Africa University, an NGO that seeks to empower both a rural hospital, urban clinic and University. We have worked on filming some stories that are being used to create awareness. As you plan out holiday spending, gifts and year-end giving, consider partnering with this amazing group of leaders in the poorest country in the world. This year, the focus of their Giving Tuesday efforts are:

  • Outpatient Feeding Program: Parents of over 300 children who have been identified as significantly malnourished come from miles around the local area twice a week to receive specially developed food to supplement their child’s diet. Supporting this initiative helps get kids healthier quicker and on the path to recovery.
  • Inpatient Feeding Program: Unlike the hospitals many of us are used to, in many of the hospitals in the developing world family members are responsible to feed and care for the needs of hospitalized patients. Understanding the challenges of the communities served by Kibuye Hope Hospital, a program was launched to provide warm and nourishing meals two times every day for inpatients and their caretakers.
  • College of Agriculture: The feeding of malnourished children and patients at the hospital are meeting short-term urgent needs. But HAU is prayerfully exploring big plans to address long-term nutritional challenges by launching a new School of Agriculture to help address the needs of the country to feed it’s people.

Learn more about Friends of Hope Africa University and donate today.