An African Contributes Greatly to Chippewa Falls
BY SANDY BOWE, CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN, USA - I have been drawn to experience the journey of Jabbes' Zambia Project BAD TIMING via the internet. My sister called me in early February to ask me to watch Jabbes Digital Story. She told me that he had asked her to produce the first feature film in Zambia with him. I could tell she was going to do it. She told me how talented and determined Jabbes was and how much he wanted to do for his country. Cyndi was inspired and eager to work with him.
Just like my sister, I have been fortunate to meet and work with a wonderful, talented man from Africa. Moustapha, an awesome man from Senegal, joined our teaching staff at Chippewa Falls Senior High School this past school year. He teaches the beautiful French language to students in grades 10–12. His enthusiasm and knowledge has been embraced by our students and staff. What a gift we have received! This wonderful man has been with us just one year and he has definitely become a very popular teacher!
I have shared the Zambia Project articles with Moustapha and he is anxious to meet Jabbes this summer when he comes to Wisconsin. I look forward to seeing these two wonderful men connect and share stories about their lives in Africa, their experiences in the U.S. and their thoughts about the future. I am certain we will all learn a great deal by simply listening to their discussions. On top of that, I'll get to see my sister who is near and dear to my heart always! I'm sure we'll have some interesting discussions as well.
I am so very proud to say that Cyndi is my "slightly older and sometimes wiser sister." Like Jabbes, I have looked to her as my "mum" on occasion. The depth of her drive and determination does not surprise me as she always strives for success. She has always been a source of support, inspiration, and love when I needed it most. I wish Cyndi and Jabbes the very best in this exciting endeavor. I will keep both of them and the students in my prayers.
Until we all meet later this summer, Moustapha, the students at Chippewa Falls Senior High School and I will follow this incredible journey with great enthusiasm and support."