She woke with a start in the dead of night, prompted by an unrelenting urging:

“Grab your kids. Take your ID. Flee your house! NOW!”

She stumbled down the stairs, three little kids in tow., out of their highrise onto the street. A
decade of war had not prepared her for this.

A thunderous rumbling. Then the earth shook, and convulsed. In seconds, her building
collapsed, with their apartment pancaked under the rubble.

A friend of ours found his mother clutching her kids. Laughing involuntarily. Then sobbing uncontrollably.

One among hundreds. Stunned, Displaced. Traumatized. Survivors in pajamas
desperately searched for relatives. Terrorized by wave after wave of aftershocks.

We texted a network of trusted volunteers who have for
years befriended families with mentally challenged kids.

“Are you OK? How can we help? What do you need?”

“Survivors need everything. Food. Medicine.”

We responded straightaway. Within hours, that local volunteer network mobilized. Friends opened homes. Neighbors found those in greatest need. Volunteers served 16,602 meals and filled 1,200 prescriptions.

Inspiring initiative? Absolutely. But even more remarkable? Their newly-elected volunteer national coordinator insisted on stewardship of every penny, even in crisis. Sterling integrity.

Across the region over in Lebanon, cascading political and economic crises pounded 80% into
poverty. The World Bank ranks this collapse among the worst three worldwide in two
centuries. Other nationals dread 9% inflation per year; Lebanon suffered 264% inflation just last
month.

Yet two Lebanese visionaries mobilized over 500 volunteers to inspire community solidarity
across sectarian divides. And 8,302 donors from all walks of life extended their arms to give
what they could: not cash, but blood.

Sacrificial generosity? Yes. But even more remarkable? Braving public controversy, these
visionaries showcased their values and proclaimed their mission to the glory of the Creator.
Courageous Faith.

And over in Asia, poverty intensified and migration accelerated after a crushing coup d’état. A local servant leader, a young single woman, persisted in serving children in tribal orphanages. She piloted values-based vocational training to equip marginalized tribal youths as secretaries, bookkeepers, cooks, waiters, seamstresses, and nurse aides.

Tangible hope for the future? Sure. But even more remarkable? Overcoming danger and
disappointment. this servant leader pressed on for her higher calling. Zealous passion.

These dreamer exploits against the odds are a testament to the source of their
fortitude. External pressures reveal inner character. Their visionary hearts reflect the light of
their Creator, as described by Saul of Tarsus:

                                                    “We are
               under pressure from every side, but not crushed,
                       bewildered, but not driven to despair,
                            persecuted, but not abandoned,
                        knocked down, but not knocked out.”

These dreamers know that enduring temporary afflictions produces proven character. Let’s
follow their example, preserving through pressure for the glory yet to be revealed.

 

 

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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.”