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.