Enjoying the Journey

Monday, May 7th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

I have never been one to enjoy a journey.  I have always been more about arriving at the destination.  This is one reason that I have never liked long days of travel.  It just always felt to me that from the time I left until I arrived was just a waste of time.  I am the same with getting things done.  When I have a list or goals in front of me it is simply about accomplishing those things and not about the process of accomplishing those things.  In other words, I don’t care nearly as much about how I get them done just so long as I get them done.

In fact, I remember having a conversation about this very thing one time during a haircut.  I used to travel for business a lot and one of those times when I was on the road I was in need of a haircut.  Being in a city I didn’t know I decided to just go to the mall to get my hair cut.  I didn’t realize the price of getting your hair cut at a mall salon and I have not gotten my hair cut at one since.  The guy cutting my hair asked me if the place I normally got it cut used clippers.  I told him they did and he said that he could tell by looking at my hair.  Then he launched into this whole long speech about how bad that was for my hair and how scissors were better and he even used small scissors to make more cuts blah…blah…blah.  I remember telling him, “look I don’t care how it gets cut as long as I like the way it looks when it’s done.”  Then came another whole speech about how important the process was blah…blah…blah.  That was probably 15 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday.  I guess because it was such a perfect picture of two people looking at the same process so differently.  I was all about the results but the guy cutting my hair found beauty in the process.   I think I have come to realize that the guy cutting my hair was right.

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Joy in the Morning

Sunday, May 6th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

On Tuesday, April 24th the Sosua area suffered from a disastrous flood.  The day started out sunny and warm and Chantz headed to Haiti to work on Jeffrey’s guardianship.  By mid- afternoon the rain was pouring and in a very short time, roads were blocked by rushing water and rivers had overflowed their banks.

By the time Chantz got back from Haiti later that evening, he could not make it home because the only road from our house to Sosua was blocked by water.   Brodie and I ventured out to try to pick him up but we had to turn back as cars that tried to cross were stalling and the water would have been over the back bumper of our car.   Chantz had to run and jump in the back of a large flatbed commercial truck to get to the other side so I could pick him up.

The next morning we headed out early to survey the damage to Hope House and we had to again try to get across the flooded road.  This time we made it but many smaller vehicles did not.  The police were actually taxiing people across on a large wrecker truck so they could get to work.  We finally made it to Hope House and as we walked up there was a Haitian man bucketing water out of the porch area.  The cleanup job seemed massive and overwhelming but we jumped in and began to work.

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New Ministry Announcement

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

At Go MAD our reason for being is to fight human exploitation and we are excited to announce our latest weapon in the fight…Firm Foundation.  Firm Foundation will focus on fighting the exploitation of children as they are steadily becoming a larger segment of this rapidly growing epidemic.  Estimates are that 50% of the 27 million modern-day slaves around the globe are children.   It is also estimated that 35% – 50% of those trafficked for sexual exploitation are between the ages of 12 and 17 and in some areas those numbers are as high as 90%.  As Christians this should not only be unacceptable but also move us to action.

The first program we are launching with Firm Foundation will be the Foundation Children’s Center.  The Foundation Children’s Center has 3 main objectives:

  1. Instill confidence with the knowledge that they were created special by God, that He loves them and made them for a purpose.
  2. Provide a quality Christian education to those that are not able to attend school.
  3. To show children that there are people that love and care about them Read More