My mind reeled; my heart recoiled.  Why would a mother plead such a tragic prayer? 

A friend of that mother explained.  “Her prayer is not unusual.  There are no lifelong options for mentally challenged orphans.”  

She went on, “Let me share one family’s story.  When their father suddenly died about a year ago, two mentally challenged brothers and their little sister became orphans.  Their mother had already died. When their sister went to her job as a hairdresser, they wandered around alone.  What’s worse? Their neighborhood is a combat zone.”  

What options did those parents have?  Pray their challenged children would die early in their loving care?  Or pray that their challenged children would live after them in distress?  

However, an insider visionary saw another way forward. 

He dreamed of nationwide cradle-to-grave community with the mentally challenged.  Village by village, he nurtured volunteers to befriend them.  Twenty years on, that volunteer network grew to over two thousand strong, overcoming fear and prejudice.

Yet mothers still prayed that tragic prayer.  When we met this visionary he insisted, “It doesn’t have to be this way!”  And he shared the rest of his dream: “a place to welcome mentally challenged orphans to live in dignity.”  

We rolled up our sleeves with him to clarify the vision, anchor the values, develop leaders, ensure stewardship, and chart plans.  And you also went to work to volunteer expertise, focus intercession, and give generously.  

And the dream was born.  That residence for mentally challenged orphans welcomed its first residents two years ago in the midst of war.  They doubled their residential capacity this year.  

Those two brothers joined a few weeks ago.  Their sister now enjoys visiting them every day to wash their hair.  Help them dress.  Hold their hands in their new home.  

That community’s expansion this year delivers tangible hope, transforming desperate mothers’ prayers for their children from early death to long life.  

Dreams InDeed must continue to nurture this and other emerging dreams in the Middle East.  And we are poised to expand our network to mobilize new resources.  

Europe is ripe to participate with Dreams InDeed.  Oxford University named David Haskell as a Resident Expert for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.  We presented at the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in Berlin, Germany.  Coventry University also invited Dreams InDeed to its Rising Global Peace Forum in the UK.    

We’ve heard mothers’ pleas of despair turn into prayers of hope.  We’ve seen the abandoned welcomed into community.  

Join us with these volunteers in insisting, “It doesn’t have to be this way!” 

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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.”