Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

10 Sep

A few years ago there was a game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy called “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”  I am always up for a challenge like that and so I would try to answer the questions.  Now it’s been a long time since I was a 5th grader…way too long.  I don’t remember learning about the stuff they suggest a 5th grader should know.  Even some of the 1st and 2nd grade questions are pretty challenging for an old guy like me.   5th grader

One of the general categories is “Geography“.  I like geography and generally do pretty well except when it comes to some of the continents far away, like Africa.   I am finding out I am not alone.   We send teams to minister in Ethiopia three times a year from Living Word.  Ethiopia is definitely in Africa. I knew that, but where in Africa?  Surprisingly, the continent of Africa is big it is 3 times larger than the United States.

Africa mapBut isn’t the Ebola outbreak in Africa?  This medical crisis leads people to be cautious about sending people to Africa. So where is this outbreak?  The Ebola crisis is on the western side of the continent, in Sierra Leon, Liberia, Senegal and other surrounding countries.

While it is a significant crisis and something to be concerned about, it is occuring far  from Ethiopia (about the same distance as we are from Seattle, Washington).  Ethiopia is actually located on the eastern side of Africa. There are 8 countries between the center of the crisis and where we minister.  So even though I may not be smarter than a 5th grader, a look at the map of Africa sure helps me understand the situation better.

We monitor the conditions on the ground with each place we go.  While there is always some risk everywhere we travel, even here in the states, we don’t knowingly put our people in harms way.

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