Das Geheimnis

Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

A few weeks ago I met a curious fellow at a public seminar outlining the challenges in mitigating hunger in developing countries in the context of developing influence from companies like Monsanto, who shared the same energy and appreciation for relationships and care for the world.

To my surprise and excitement, I received a call from the guy the other night inviting me out to see a movie with him in hope of catching up and getting to know each other better. Riding for the first time ever in his mother’s Smart Car he explains to me the story behind the film which was the director’s interpretation of the history behind a dead body discovered in the Alps that was encapsulated in ice for over 5000 years.

I noticed everywhere we went and people we encountered my friend didn’t spare a moment to make conversation and to share a laugh. I learned that night that these opportunities are simply all around us all the time it is only up to us to see them in the right perspective.

Some mysteries get made into Films, others become the spice of life and an adventure all on its own!





To compare something with a similar thing to give a clearer, more accurate idea.

Leaving everything I’ve known about 7 months ago, I have learned to grow a new pair of wings after tripping, stumbling and falling towards my dreams. Coming along for the sense of adventure, an old friend accompanied me during a time in which God has finally revealed to me the reasoning behind the challenges, pain, and frustration in starting fresh.  During his visit, I was always curious to know how the world looked from his perspective arriving in Europe for the first time accompanied by a seemingly prepared individual. Besides the fun, we shared in exchanging stories and traveling Europe together, I realized that behind pain is everything that you could have ever wished for and not to give up although the results might not show themselves right away. Stay patient my friends and you’ll shine like a diamond.


Weihnachtsplätzchen in Alsbach

December 9th, 2017

Sharing the warmth of a community that has brought me so much joy feeling at home thousands of miles away from “home” I invited a fellow Ram to join me on my excursion to Barbara’s.


Even a familiar face showed up from Stuttgart to join in on the holiday fun.


Making food together seems to always bring out the best comradery in people…



But don’t worry we all took cookies home to share…


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Der Widerstand

The impending or stopping effect exerted by one material thing on another.

Soldering in their resistors during today’s lesson, the resistance between electric current wasn’t the only pressure observed as the curiosity of some worked well with others and the frustration of many didn’t. Although not everyone was on the same voltage as Herr Gruppe, I learned that the best way to teach is by example and that giving one permission to try on their own is the best way you can give someone ownership to their success.





To direct or turn in a particular direction.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

Although team RBV had another L in the Keller tonight – another step was made in the right direction towards optimizing SoWaDi’s pipe-bender for Tanzania’s communities. For now, our ideas will be molding over into the New Year as IOG plans to celebrate a successful year of international development at their Christmas party next week.