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The Traveler

Living in Nashville it’s not uncommon to see a travelling musician. The scene is always the same – guitar strapped to the back, deep blue flannel shirt, hitch hikers thumb waving and the I65 S To Nashville sign in plain view. Today we had a little different scene; torn pants, classic Ugandan string instrument and instead of the hitch hikers thumb there were dusty, bloody, bare feet that carried this musician from village to village. Not sure we will ever see him again, yet the song he left can be the change.

If you spend any time in Africa you will soon learn that the disputes over land run deep. Land is generational and will stay with a family for hundreds of years. This travelling musician sung of how he was orphaned through a land dispute. Both parents brutally killed over a single one acre plot of land. There was much more to the song that wasn’t translated and honestly didn’t need to be. You could see the story being told on his face and through his eyes. 

Having parents who still own the very house I was born in, there is something special to be said of generational land ownership. My room has been transformed yet it is still my room, the markings of my growth spurts are still proudly displayed in the kitchen. The back yard…well if you are friends of the family you at one point took part in some kind of festive gathering, if not your own. 212 Elrod Dr. is a generational address.

The unfortunate truth is that in Africa land ownership is not always that pleasant. This travelling musician is looking to change that one song at a time, one village at a time.

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  1. mom
    December 8, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Oh!! I haven’t told you that we put the house up for sale!!!
    Very fond memories in that backyard, one that comes to mind is the day you came home from church and told us you were going to school in Arkansas. You left that day,after I made you get the oil changed in your car! What a shock that was and what a great decision you made and us letting you go, not that we were going to be able to stop you… just gave you our blessing and sent you on your way. We made out in the decision, have a wonderful daughter in law from it.
    Once again you are able to bring tears to my eyes… You have done that since
    the day you were born. xox

  2. Matt
    December 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Golly geez mom…always are encouraging. I wasnt sure if you were going to mention leaving for college, telling you guys we were moving to Ireland or when we told you guys we were taking a trip around the world. No matter what the dream you and dad are ALWAYS encouraging and ALWAYS sending us off with your blessings. Something I pray I pass down to my own kids one day.

  3. mom
    December 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Oh!! there is hope that Sammy will have a big brother one day!! yeah….
    We love you both so much. I guess we need to sell the house maybe you might stay in the states for awhile. I am sure there are many that would agree with me. If thats what it takes its done..LOL/ You will be great parents, look what you have to share with them.

  4. ashton
    December 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

    oh uncle matty- stop making my Mimi cry!

  5. Kimberly
    December 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Awww…I miss you guys! Melanie was filling us in last night at Small Group and it made me miss you guys all the more. Amy, I received what you passed along through Melanie – love it. I will use it all the time 😉 Love you guys and know we’re always thinking and praying for you!!

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