“So, how do you change hard places?” asked my new friend.

“Oh, we don’t necessarily change them,” I responded, “Our aim is more profound.” 

“What do you mean?  Then, why are you in hard places?”  Her curiosity was piqued.

I answered, “We believe that lights can shine in hard places — even and especially when hard places get harder.  Because light shines in darkness and darkness cannot overcome it.

“We focus on brighter lights, not better places.

In fact, every place we work got much worse this year.  Yet those lights inside radiated even more in greater hardship.” 

With long electricity blackouts, Lebanon is on edge

With long electricity blackouts, Lebanon is on edge

And these enduring lights attract and ignite others dwelling in darkness:

  • In a brutal regional war zone hemorrhaging refugees, over 1250 volunteers persevered to befriend, employ, and provide residential care for over 550 mentally challenged persons and sustain solidarity with nearly 500 internally displaced families.
  • After one of history’s largest non-nuclear explosions destroyed much of Beirut, killed 219, injured 7,000, and left 300,000 homeless; over 575 repeat volunteers mobilized 6,500 blood donors across sectarian divides to save lives at overwhelmed hospitals.
  • In Lebanon’s economic meltdown, tagged by the World Bank among the worst three economic crises in 150 years, volunteers launched a discount grocery bazaar, feeding 86 refugee families and 26 abandoned kids in a protection unit, and then donating all profits to challenged orphans.
A four-year-old girl, abandoned on a trash heap with two broken legs, recovers at a protection unit.

A four-year-old girl, abandoned on a trash heap with two broken legs, recovers at a protection unit.

  • After a coup d’état shuttered education nationwide, a single young woman negotiated assault threats, utility blackouts, and frozen banks to sustain core curricula, vocational training, and character development with 26 Himalayan tribal children unable to return home.

These lights cannot illuminate those in dark places without YOU, our stakeholders.  You enable us to keep strengthening these lights as they struggle against the dark.

We’ve chosen today, Giving Tuesday, to kick off our 2021 year-end campaign.  Won’t you join us with a gift so the people dwelling in darkness can see a great light?

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, a generous stakeholder has offered to match all gifts dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 from new, increased, and renewed donors.

If you are a new donor, or haven’t yet given this year, any amount counts. If you are a repeat donor, please consider a special upgrade.

Thank you for joining us in fanning sparks into flames.

 

 

 

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We’ve got some great news to share from the Haskells!  

 However, before we jump into that, allow us to introduce ourselves as the chairs of the US and Swiss boards of directors for Dreams InDeed. 

I am
Rick Williamson, US board chair.  As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in trauma recovery and strengthening individuals and communities against stress impact. I prepare humanitarians and responders worldwide to serve effectively in harm’s way.  Over my fifteen years in this field, I’ve recognized the essential role of those special persons in every community who embrace and build up their most affected neighbors. 

I serve with Dreams InDeed not only because we engage in the world’s hard places, but we also aim to strengthen the “insider” for the truly transformative impact that the world so desperately needs. I am honored to serve along with each of you in support of the Dreams InDeed mission.

And, I am
Joe Campbell, Swiss board chair.  As a mediator in civil and political disputes, I contributed to peaceful resolution of the troubles in my home country of Northern Ireland, leading to the Good Friday Agreement.  I also mediated in Nepal alongside politicians, community activists, and church leaders in the search for a just and lasting peace. In both, I supported Dreamers and have often been a Dreamer myself. 

 

I know what it means to be affirmed and encouraged by outsiders who make it their business to be informed enablers.  That sensitive participation fosters hope amidst despair.  It is my honour to join in the crucial work of Dreams InDeed.  Together with you, I will do all I can to nurture sparks of hope into lights of joy.

Now, here is the news we just received from David and Janice in the Middle East:

 

Dear Rick and Joe, 

 

Thank you for your faithful and effective servant leadership as our US and Swiss board chairs.  We were challenged by the wisdom and faith of both boards setting such ambitious goals this year.  As our fiscal year gets underway now in July, we’re excited that strategic doors of opportunity are swinging open on every aim we agreed together!  

 

Goal: equip exemplary dreamer cases in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.  Progress: despite escalating violence, dreamers are persevering with six initiatives among the hardest countries of the worldwide Fragile States Index.  This year, we’ll sustain both Dreams InDeed’s unprecedented regional registration and our continuing Jordan residency to strengthen these dreamers, guided by Janice.

 

Goal: research parable communications to engage closed minds via both word and deed.  Progress: The University of Oxford has approved David for doctoral field research on The Pedagogy of Parable.  To develop this Dreams InDeed training curriculum, David will shuttle between research in Oxford and case work on the ground in the Middle East.

 

Goal: research publishable Middle East cases on the transformation of pluralist conflict.  Progress: an exemplary Lebanese visionary has volunteered his civil society, public service, and business networks for rigorous field research.  Plus two Oxford professors, experts in values education and intercultural dialogue, will supervise the fieldwork.  

 

Goal: engage next-generation prospects to serve dreamers in hard places worldwide.  Progress: Kellogg College, with Oxford’s greatest number and diversity of international graduate students, has granted David membership.  Adjacent to Kellogg, Dreams InDeed has secured an operating base in Oxford for us to host and befriend global candidates.

 

Goal: expand our thought leader networks for aligned advisors and European board members.  Progress: upon review of David’s Pedagogy of Parable research proposal, six professors immediately volunteered their expertise in international development, political science, public policy, economics, leadership science, and character cultivation.

 

 

On behalf of the boards of directors of Dreams InDeed, we thank you again for journeying with us on our mission to strengthen dreamers in hard places so the poor thrive as God intended. We look forward to your continuing participation as we accelerate toward our shared vision: “a light in every hard place in our generation.”