This week I’m sharing the story of how I came to write Twitter for Good and become an early employee of a funny little startup called Twitter. It’s a story that begins in the highlands of Kenya, where I first learned to tweet (and blog).
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After my first day with the children, it was screamingly clear to me that I wouldn’t be doing any mountain climbing, and that God’s plan for my 2007 would be radically different than my 2006.
Nevertheless, I resolved to fast on the decision.
Grabbing a bible and heading to the orphanage guesthouse, I resolved to read the whole thing (I’m a fast reader, I reasoned) – and not eat a thing – before coming to a decision. I fainted somewhere in Leviticus. Luckily, I had my answer.
After a church elder dragged me to the hospital and back (I’m a bad faster, apparently, and not quite as speedy of a reader as I imagined), I was raring to go.
Or stay, really.
But first, there was Christmas.
Set to return to Mexico for a family Christmas, I knew I needed to settle my future at the orphanage first. When I asked the church and orphanage elders if I could live there – for six months? For a year? – they assented. When I asked them what I should do (beyond nose wiping and song singing), they said that I should run.
I had run my first marathon the year before, and was eager to try my hand at another in Africa. Kenya had a perfect one – the only one in the world in a wildlife reserve – and if I were to live in Kenya for a spell it’d be a great thing to train for. The kids at Tumaini, for their side, were desperate for extracurricular programming. (As orphan care experts can explain, once the basic needs of food and clothing and beds and schooling are met, it’s easy to forget how important nourishing activities can be in helping to develop traumatized children into healthy adolescents. Yes, they are no longer starving, but, no, the work is not done.)
Specifically, the children yearned to run.
Join me tomorrow for Part 3…
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