The past three months for me have held a whole lotta running-hard. We’ve transitioned an office in Colorado, hired staff in two countries, packed up and then rented two houses, said hard goodbyes and made more decisions than I can count, packed 14 suitcases and three kids and made the trek back across the globe again.
If that didn’t make us tired enough, we walked into some unexpected chaos here in the field, in addition to hosting people for six weeks straight, Matt starting a new position leading coalition strategy in Bangkok, and transitioning our kids to a new, but old, culture.
And then our precious friends here had a 6 year old daughter whose heart was attacked by a virus and met much Jesus earlier than anyone expected.
We’ve been through the wringer these last few months. And we. are. tired.
Too tired, I’m afraid, to write too many words here in this space, though I promise I have things I want to tell you, and I promise they are coming.
Until then, read something I wrote about the importance of honest, non-dramatic storytelling in the nonprofit counter-trafficking world? I’d be grateful if you liked/shared the post or left a comment.
Thanks for your patience and grace as I try to breathe a little. Promise there’ll be more soon.
“One nonprofit posted pictures of rescued sex slaves that were actually just normal village children from the community. Another organization raises thousands of dollars to support an after-care shelter for twenty-five children. (The children have not been trafficked.) Organizations use the word orphans when they really mean “poor children from poor families”; or the term “sex slavery” when they mean “prostitution.”
And so with an ocean or a continent typically separating the work itself from supporters who help fund the work, communicators stretch the truth to raise funds, feed egos, or push the train farther up the mountainside. I’ve seen this type of fundraising deception practiced by missionaries, Christian charities, and nonreligious NGOs. We fool ourselves into believing that the end justifies the means.
The people we serve become commodities that are put to use to advance our goals. Ironically, this is a practice we fight in traffickers who prey on modern-day slaves.”
Read the rest over at Convergent Books. . .