Catching up on August/Sept… I did an article for the local newspaper on First Mennonite Church’s “Casket Ministry” here. A regular on-the-market casket costs, on average: $4,000. A First Mennonite casket, of comparable quality and crafted by church member “carpenter hobbyists,” costs: $450. A Habitat for Humanity home in the Third World costs, on average: $2,000. Think about it. We bury a dead American for close to the price of providing adequate housing for two families in the Third World. Lunacy, sheer lunacy. Our priorities in America are so out of whack. [One of our campaign research stops was at Habitat for Humanity’s Headquarters in Americus, Georgia, where we toured a model village that included some of the homes they build in the Third World. It was pretty impressive.] …Staying with this theme, I recently interviewed a Bluffton pastor, Brandon Mayden, who recently adopted a young child from an orphanage in Ethiopia. Why? Because, simply, there was a need and he and his wife felt like God was calling them to do it. Some years prior, Brandon and his wife had gone on a missions trip to Haiti seven months after the devastating earthquake (that killed 300,000 people) happened there. He said they saw countless children roaming the streets without parents. Yet even though they wanted to adopt one of the children then, the government’s rule was the potential parents had to be over 35-years-old. Lunacy, sheer lunacy. Note: And speaking of ‘lunacy’… Kim Jong-un has recently said Guam was in North Korea’s nuclear cross hairs. What’s not getting a lot of press play, if any, is the fact that the U.S. has North Korea in its nuclear cross hairs (with a whole lot more missiles). Think North Korea, oh, might be feeling threatened? We as a country would be foolish to look at geopolitical issues simply through a myopic, one-dimensional lens. See our position paper on foreign affairs to understand more about what I mean.