Well readers of the World Wide Web, I am back in the beautiful USA, which means I have a lot of catching up to do. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about blogging… quite yet. A lot of big things have been happening with the Melted family and I am thrilled to fill you in.
First and foremost… lets talk grilled cheese!! Chef Aaron has been busy as a bee as he and the staff take on lunch and dinner shifts all over the Austin area. We are gaining momentum as well as a great following, which is very rewarding to the whole team. We are starting to catch the attention of a few news stations and food bloggers around the Austin area--great publicity for the truck! (All media coverage can be found on the Melted web site at www.meltedtruck.com) The next big step for Melted’s future is going to be stepping into the world of catering. This venture may not come for a while because we want to be sure we are adequately staffed and can confidently take on this new mission, but it’s definitely in the works.
Some news now that I am very sad to deliver is the heart wrenching tragedy that has happened to the IJM family this past month. On June 23rd three members of the IJM community went missing following a court hearing near their operations in Kenya. Staff member, Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were found dead three days following their abduction June 23rd. This terrible act has brought awareness to just how dangerous but undoubtedly crucial the work of IJM is. Thousands have united to demand justice in Kenya for Willie, Josephat, and Joseph. Another thing that we must realize, being on the outside, we don’t see these things happening but I can tell you this is not the first time something like this has happened outside the confines of he United States. This violence goes on everyday. We have no idea what it is like to live in a place where laws are no longer effective, a world where everyday life is a constant battle to survive. I feel that as everything has been going on here in the US this past week, this is very important to remember. Whether we are fighting to combat justice here in the States or abroad, the whole common goal is peace. In order to accomplish this we must be very mindful and act out of love. We must unite under this central goal.
To learn more about the IJM tragedy you can visit their website www.ijm.org. There is also a virtual petition you can sign to show your support of Willie and the others in Kenya. This petition is to show the Kenyan government just how important it is that Willie, Josephat, and Joseph’s murders MUST be prosecuted. Visit www.justiceinkenya.org to learn more. Please keep the friends and families of these courageous men in your thoughts and prayers, as well as fighting for justice in Kenya, and justice for the world.