Ever so gingerly, our Arab
friend lowered the paralyzed woman in a
wheelchair 
down two long flights of
stairs. 
Thump. Thump. Thump..

Then after he lifted her into his car, she
began to weep and weep and weep. 
She
confided that she hadn’t been out of her
home in two years.

His seven-year-old son absorbed it
all, transfixed.

These three arrived at a special reunion of
those with physical and mental
challenges. After locking her wheelchair,
our friend moved to welcome
newcomers. Slipping away from his
dad, his son declared, “I’m going to sit
with ‘grandma.'”

Afterward, with herculean effort his dad hauled her and her wheelchair back up those
two flights. Heave-Thump. Heave-Thump… She greeted a passing able-
bodied young man, her relative. He waved but walked on as the boy’s father hoisted her
up alone, step by agonizing step.

Our friend’s son then gave a rosebud to his new “grandma” when saying goodbye.

Our visionary friend explained, “I treasure my children. I want them to learn new values with
me by enjoying life together with my challenged friends.”

This visionary is not alone. Each dreamer has
sacred trust to relay to the next generation,
regardless how daunting the difficulties. For
example, this year:

  • Over 1250 volunteers chose next-
    generation coordinators 
    for 41 war-
    zone Middle Eastern networks to sustain
    friendships 
    with 550 mentally challenged
    participants.
  • Despite crushing coup d’état brutality,
    another dreamer ensured the futures of
    17 marginalized Himalayan tribal
    youths,
    securing ID cards, certificates,
    training, and jobs.
  • Despite Lebanon’s economic collapse,
    another dreamer streamlined training of
    185 volunteers to mobilize 4600 blood
    donors across sectarian lines.

 

 

Such dreamers in hard places, and our approach to strengthen them, are inspiring
others to join this relay race
with the next generation. Just this week, for example:

 

  • After an intensive bottom-up economics session with David, a global private
    equity investor
    texted: “Was walking with my kids discussing abundance and contentment vs supply and demand of greed and excess.   Kids totally see
    it.
    Cannot thank you enough.”

 

  • Janice’s graduate professor reported his students chose our article, Perspectives
    on Values in Human Development,
    for their discussion on religion and
    spirituality
    : “…probably 90% agnostic, they nonetheless felt that if one tries
    to act with wisdom, humility, integrity, then something important is added
    that
    was missing from other readings.”

 

  • A social impact researcher publishing on network leadership emailed,
    “Your work and leadership put wind in my sails in articulating this approach. These
    principles
    are learned from leaders like you
    who have built networks that demonstrate
    them. The
    privilege has been mine to be a voice for wisdom to help move the
    field forward.”

                           

We are resolute to pursue our vision: “a light in every hard place in our generation.”

Building on twenty years of costly struggle and hard-won successes in hard places,
our
boards have resolved to catalyze impact for this vision with two strategies:

  • Strengthen exemplary dreamer initiatives to model mission impact in hard places
  • Develop communications and tools to equip a new generation for hard places

 

Our network of professional advisors agree. A social impact investor from Harvard
counsels: “I believe
it’s time for the leadership (namely David and Janice) to accelerate
the transition from doing to teaching
…to codify the philosophy and learnings of the
past 20 years to
multiply impact and foster long-term change for the vision.”

We agree. And so do the dreamers. They model that lights can shine in hard places –
even inside the
top-ten hardest countries on the Fragile States Index!

Janice L H Haskell
Vice President for Program Development
Dreams InDeed International

 

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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.”