What I find absolutely crucial is reflecting on Christ’s death and resurrection. What that means is that God would rather die, God would rather have God’s own Son die, than to redeem the world through violence. And that central story is what Christians are about.” (Stanley Hauerwas)
Recently the fine people at Apple screwed me over by locking my unlocked phone. This did not impress me. Apple market’s themselves as young, hip, progressive and open to new ideas but really – they want to control everything that you’ve purchased from them. It doesn’t matter that YOU purchased it. In any case, like thousands of people around the world (seriously…google it) I updated my phone one day and got locked out, rendering my phone useless… unless I switched my cell phone provider to Rogers. Why should Apple be able to tell me who my cell phone provider is? I will never go back to Rogers… so that’s not happening. What to do?
Welcome to the wonderful world of online bartering. Via kijiji I’ve been receiving a bunch of offers to trade my phone for Telus iphones (my provider) or new Androids. I’m leaning towards the Android if I can find the right trade but darn it all… if the iphone apps are just about the most alluring reasons to stay. I just have to remind myself that there probably exists a better version of the app for Android.
I love me a good prank.
This song is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
This year we took a slightly different approach and went in the stop motion direction for our Evolving Church commercial. I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Thanks to Rocketship Productions. Feel free to embed the crap out of this url. Hint.
My time in Haiti is winding down even though it still seams like there’s lots to do before I awake early Wednesday morning for the bus back to Dominican. Chief among them is to find some more tents and figure out what the heck the UN (WFP) is going to do with the food program. The latest has them partnering only with a select number of larger organizations and if smaller ones want food, they have to partner with those organizations, instead of WFP. You’d think that an organization that exists to distribute food in times of crisis would have a better plan than they’ve exhibited in the last two weeks.
In any case, it’s a nice day in Port au Prince. The team of four that arrived early last week were finally able to depart for Marbial this morning after a series of set backs that put them a day or three behind schedule. The most recent set back was taking two hours to load the truck yesterday morning only to find that the wiring to the starter was shot. Yesterday was not a fun day. But today they are off and I’m here blogging and devising a plan for the next 72 hours.
I’m feeling about 80% better after a rough 48 hours of, well… things that you don’t really blog about. And so now I’m back in the saddle, although a bit tired and without an appetite. Hopefully I’ll be back to 100% after another night of rest.
We’ve made some serious progress on a number fronts over the past few days, the most significant of which has been a partnership with Shelterbox to provide at least 30 units (large, durable tents with a hygiene kit, blankets and other household items) to our people. Earlier this evening we set up the Shelterbox for a mother who had a baby yesterday and is now living in the tent village beside our house. The fact that she has some kind of shelter makes all the hours of frustration, waiting and running around worthwhile.
On the food front we’ve got a shipment coming in from Dominican in the next few days- although there might be some customs issues that we’re coming against as Haiti begins to tighten its borders. The goal over the next week or two is going to be to procure all other shipments from Haitian providers as it should be cheaper and would obviously be better for the Haitian economy.
The truck issue has been decided once and for all as two members of our team are going to DR to purchase something like a Toyota LandCruiser. We checked at the Haiti dealer to get an idea of pricing and availability and they were sold out for the next four months. So DR it is.
I’m beginning to try and plan for coming back to Canada sometime late next week but it seems like there is still so much to do and so many systems to put in place and so many people to talk to and so much to do. And for someone who thrives on accomplishing those kind of things with the hope of looking back and saying ‘yes, i accomplished this’, I kind of feel like it’s getting to crunch time for more and better results. Of course, a good friend reminded me just today “every time you look people in the eye, and acknowledge dignity in others, and pray for favor you are accomplishing things”.
It’s true. I just need to do what I can when I can and trust that Jesus is still here and knows what’s going on. I can do that.
Today was by far the most frustrating and most rewarding day thus far. Due to a couple of factors we pretty much accomplished nothing by 4pm and we were just about ready to consider the day a write off. Then things started to happen…
A friend from brazil went to the UN brazilian camp armed with only a letter explaining the needs in our communities and received a truck full of water, food and medicine. A lady on the medical team with our friend aptly said that they are happy but not surprised about this because they were all praying for him.
Then about an hour later a nurse here got an email saying there is a shipment full of meds coming into the airport tomorrow for pickup. Hello.
Then I got an email from a friend in the states who has put us in touch with an organization who specializes in water filtration. To top it all off we spoke to an NGO who specializes in tent distribution and they seemed pretty eager to partner with us.
So basically we tried really hard to do something to no avail and then things just started falling into our laps. In the words of Jon Foreman and possibly Jesus,”He knows what I need”.
It’s hard to say what constitutes a good day around here. I’m trying to balance the western arrogance inside me that just wants to organize everyone with the fact that that just isn’t how things work here or rather things that anyone will care about here after I’m gone. So we wait for direction from our friends and do what we can with what we have.
I think we did accomplish somethings today; we secured a stable Internet provider which is crucial for communication with the head office and you know for blogs and stuff. And we made a couple good contacts which led to the formulation of the plan for tomorrow.
The plan, as it were, is to be a bit more aggressive in our pursuit to get aid to the communities we work with. This involves hiring a driver to take us to the various locations that we would have been at last week, had it not been for the previous distributions. It feels like we’re really, really close to getting things lined up and that once the first domino falls the whole plan will come together. Pray for that. We’ve turned away too many folks without food or shelter to come back tomorrow empty handed.
I’m writing this from my phone while in bed, outside our house in port au prince. Crazy. I actually like sleeping outside minus the animals that sound like they are being eaten by a larger animal which sounds like it’s giving birth. Needless to say ear plugs are my new best friend.
The week ahead will be spent trying to make some inroads with the ego and getting the truck situation sorted oug once and for all. Beyond that we’ll continue to distribute food aid whenever we can. Pray for the work here and for haitians in general- I have found that even though I watched the news wasn’t able to comprehend the breadth of the destruction until you drive down streets where building after building has collapsed, and now picture ghat in almost every neighborhood.
Well let’s see if his posts successfully…pardon the spelling.