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18 months

18 months in a lifetime represent but a breath of time.  In the grand scheme of things, it’s nothing.  Just a vapor.  Oh, yes, there are times when 18 months usher in sweeping changes…like the newborn who has transformed from an utterly dependant and needy baby into a walking, talking unique human being.  That being said, it's 18 years before that same baby is considered adult and even then, the process is not really complete.  Often, though, the differences, the changes, the growth that come about in a year and a half can be virtually imperceptible, unseen and unheard in the day-to-day.  What difference does the passage of 18 months make?  After all, you blink, and it’s gone.

And yet…
can the world not shift in that span of time? 

It has been 18 months since I last set foot on Congolese soil.  18 months since I stood under the Congo sun and felt the sweat it produces roll down my face. 18 months of not seeing, and embracing and working shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, with our …

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