I was watching some football the other day when I thought of a metaphor to help explain a new strategy for humanitarian aid.  That happens to everybody, right?  You’re watching football and finding ways to better communicate innovative thoughts and strategies to solve the world’s most desperate problems?  Maybe I am a little weird. Regardless, here is what I was thinking. Tackling is an important part of football.  If a […]

I was out fishing the other day on a beautiful lake when a thought struck me.  It was a justice thought (P.S. One of the best places to think is while fishing… especially when the fish are not biting).  I don’t know if it is a good thought or not, but I wanted to share it anyways.  Blogging helps me flesh out these ideas so that they make more sense.

“To escape the cycle of tragedy, we (searchers) have to be tough on the ideas of the planners, even while we salute their goodwill.” - William Easterly

Willy nilly. Two of my favorite words combining into one unforgettable phrase.  Willy nilly.  I just smile to myself as I say it out loud. But does this word describe the way that compassionate, development, and humanitarian aid organizations go about their strategy and plans?  Obviously not.  I mean, that would be crazy, right?  No organization should go about their actions just willy nilly without a rhyme or reason.  There […]

“In this new century, many of the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains.  They are trapped in the prison of poverty.  It is time to set them free.  Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” - Nelson Mandela

The sign said “YARD SALE – HELP US BRING THEM HOME”. A friend of mine is adopting one child from Africa, and another friend is adopting two kids from an African country.  This is an expensive effort.  They had a huge yard sale and rallied our church and community behind them.  It was a complete success.  And they should be able to bring these children home soon. One child. Two […]