As I sit here at 5:12am in Los Angeles....because it is clearly 1:12pm in Lagos State, Nigeria and my body has not adjusted...can only write and look at this picture with all smiles...If you have not ventured out of the country...my suggestion is to visit the beautiful Motherland Africa...words cannot express the tremendous and profound affect visiting this place has had my renewed vision and energy. Mr. Idahosa Linus, the MAN with a great vision and Del-York Creative Film Academy is doing AWESOME things for the entrainment industry in "Nollywood", but the interaction with some of the finest Industry Professionals is what really made this journey worth IT!!! The work has just begun and there is many more things to accomplish with this chapter in my life...but rest assure this was the best way to end my summer!!! Thanks to all my colleagues in this picture (L-R) Ryan Gibson, Screenwriter....Wendy Slipakoff, Set and Costume Design...Grant Housley, Directing...Evon Barros, Editing....and Sarah "PeeWee" Rabuse, MUA.... "WE WENT TO AFRICA....DOG!!!!"
Week three in Lagos and nothing but great things to report....this experience has been AWESOME....I have a renewed energy and look forward to sharing with my friends and family the global perspective. The world is a HUGE place and there is no doubt (like there was ever one) that it is incredibly impossible for a Big Bang to create a world this intricate and beautiful....this picture isfright after lunch on the Famous Victoria Island right off of the mainland....once again I highly suggest and recommend that one MUST visit West Africa!!!!
It has been two AWESOME weeks in the Motherland specifically Lagos Nigeria....I can honestly say this experience is like no other and every American needs to come to this great land....having said that...let the work begin...the guy to the far left is Mr. Linus..he is the MAN!!! Let me say it again he is the MAN...a Dreamer making opportunities for his people "Nollywood is going to change because of Mr. Linus and his choices"...he's the "Jamal Speakes" of Nigeria!! And let me tell you...rolling with him...is like rolling with the President!!!
Take a good look at this picture and it is worth more than a MILLION words!!! After a week in the great State of Lagos....I can honestly say that I have seen everything....commerce at its' best, but this picture of "OUR AUNTIES" speaks to the STRENGTH of the Nigerian people....there is a grand hustle and bustle, but in this organized chaos, there are still rules and respect...I call this picture....."STRENGTH"....Nigerian people are a strong people and there is pretty much nothing that they cannot do....you must come and see what I am talking about...words will not serve the heartbeat of this state...Summertimes in this great country are a pretty good option!!!
It's has been four days in the Great country of Lagos State, Nigeria....and all I can say is WOW!!!! If you have never been to Africa....Nigeria is the place that you NEED to go. The world is such a huge place and all of the continents are vastly different. To know that my anscetors are from this continent....is just mind boggling and bone chilling...I could be teaching one of my cousins or family members...and that in itself is PRICELESS!!!!! Words do not do justice to how amazing this place is!!!!! Please goto my Facebook and see the pics.
Sitting on the plane for 12 hours wondering if you are actually related to any of the Beautiful Nigerian people was mind boggling....We made it safely and it is definitely going to be a trip to remember for a lifetime....I am going to bring my family back HOME!!!! Being in America you can only connect to the pictures and what television allows us to see...but one must come the place where the WORLD'S civilization began!!! I am looking forward to a great trip....STAY TUNED!!!
Never in a million years....but it's actually is happening...I'm getting a chance to go to the Mother Land!!!! Nigeria here I come!!! Education is a thirst for knowledge...and I get a chance to teach on an International stage!!!! Excited!!! Follow along as I do my best to chronicle this AWESOME journey!!! Through photos!!!
We read Matthew 28:18-20 all the time....but there is a question you must ask yourself....do you really understand the meaning of what Jesus was saying to his disciplos (spanish for "disciples") when He charges them with the Great Commission of going into all the world and making disciples of all nations?....Well I can truly tell you that this team of 11 disciplos, how fitting, understand this as we have completed our work here in Canoas Puente Mizata EL Salvador....the week was filled with joy and tears and some mucho caliente!!!! weather....hearing the stories from the people in the village and seeing their simple life....we can do one of two things....go back home and land right back in the place where we left or we can see "el mundo" in a whole different perspective...we understand what the simplest thing called "agua viva" means to people who do not have it....one cannot forget it is the little things that can make a person happy....there are so many stories to share and tell and our hope is to tell the many personal stories of "going into all nations and making disciplios" and we can truly tell our family back in Los Angeles this is something JESUS WOULD DEFINITELY DO!!!!!
This is the reason why we have come to Puente Canoas!!!!! This week has been amazing....Joe Gitto with the help of Jamal has found the router and we are able to get this to you....but those who have been waiting for an update....this is exactly what type of gratitude one should have in a ...THIRD WORLD COUNTRY....and as Tori would say...."YEA JACK!!!!".....Chandra has found "scrambled eggs" in the middle of the road....Lexy is still from Van Nuys (LOL)....Sgt Sommerfeld...has not let us sleep!!!! Eduardo is still "long live the Queen"....nobody knows where Juan is....Nick has become even more nicer with his frisbee playing....Sarita (Sharar for you English speakers) can't seem to put the phone down LOL!!!!!.....Ryan can play futbol in English and Spanish (Mike and Kim I think you guys are possessed with animal genes cuz this guys is a BEAST!!!) We laid the concrete and put the plaque in and tomorrow is the dedication ceremony and we are going give them a little AMS play...sorry Paul and Kimba....I'm in control of this one....but there are a lot of stories and you can only sit us down and take us out to eat and pay for our meal and we will share them with you!!!!!! Til next time!!!!! Hasta Luego....oh....p.s....our spanish is off the charts!!!! Imagine Joe Gitto speaking spanish!!!!!!
MAN WHERE DO I BEGIN.......H20!!!!!! Let's see....we arrived in Canoas Mizata looking for water....Joe Gitto was asking for a router....Lexy is still from VAN NUYS!!!!....Tori was looking like WWE Wrestler and that you shouldn't jump off a 3 story building with an umbrella...Ryan's tummy was hurting..Chandra was too concerned with boogers.(but she was awesome)...Nick is the nicest dude in EL Salvador....Nelson "Baby Face" Pimentel was the Lead Driller....Liz and Norma lead the hygiene team and today was AWESOME....the pic to the left is what happens when you find water on the first day....it gets kinda muddy....and by the way where is Juan?????? (this dude will just take off barefooted in the village speaking "we should live on the land" in Espanol!!!! And Angel is a great driver!!!!!! We spent the whole day in the village of Canoas, with all the wonderful people they made arroz con pollo(chicken and rice for your english speakers), but the love of God was all up and down muddy path...we were the talk of the village and when I say these kids walk to school.....I mean they walk to school....check out my Facebook page with this link below under the EL Salvador Album page.....but all in all today was a great start to our week......til next time....the work is just getting started.....