These are pictures from an Afghani dance recital. Yes, that Afghanistan, where Westerners are not welcome by everyone. Danger lurks around the corner for nearly everyone living there. It’s a dangerous place, to say the least.
Yes, that's Kabul.
But something different is ever-present in the midst of the Afghani people. That would be our friends, Ken and Erin Jensen. Ken and Erin and their four adorable children live in Kabul to serve the people there with the love of Christ. Plain and simple.
I remember once when Ken and Erin were visiting us here in Des Moines. I said to them, “I have to be honest with you guys, I don’t know if I could ever do what you’re doing.” At the time, I was pastoring a young adult ministry, so imagine my surprise when Erin said, “Justin, we could never do what you’re doing! Young adults are crazy!”
Somehow, I don’t think it’s the same. Young adults, while hormonally charged and vaguely skittish, weren’t putting my life in danger. At least not intentionally. I hope to have half the faith and courage that the Jensens have.
Erin started a dance studio in Kabul and these are pictures from their most recent (and biggest) dance recital. They work at an international school, so the mix of teachers and students is varied. But take a look at what one creative mom is doing for the sake of being more like Jesus: