Refusing Despair with Tangible Hope

Imagine. Your salary drops to half its value while you sleep.

Reality. On November 3, 2016, the Egyptian pound lost half its value overnight against the US dollar, doubling the annual inflation rate to over 20 percent.

Imagine. Your eight year old must work in order to eat.

Reality. Over half of Egypt’s young people under age 15 work to eat, hand to mouth.

Imagine. You are losing your hearing, but you can’t get to the nearest clinic.

Reality. Over 800,000 Egyptians in remote villages of one governorate have to travel hours and stand in line to get care from five distant public hospitals.

Imagine. Your ninth-grade babysitter, an abuse runaway, is sleeping on city streets pregnant.

Reality. Of an estimated one million street children in Egypt, nearly a third are girls, a quarter of whom experience rape as their first sexual encounter.

Life in hard places means barely imaginable, mind boggling suffering. Every imagine story above is about real people. We know them – and their pain.

Yet the outcomes of those scenarios are not what you’d expect

When I met that eight-year-old (and his friends), they were giggling and goofing around for me to take their photo.

And that old man? I watched the joy spread across his face after a doctor cleaned his ears, restoring his hearing.

And that pregnant teenager gave birth to a healthy baby, and now is recovering from trauma in a secure home with other young gals.

How did their lives change? Ordinary people, just like you, took action to make a way where there is no way. They are determined to create tangible hope in the face of unimaginable sorrow.

Values aligned networks are needed to fulfill our shared vision of “a light in every hard place in our generation.”

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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.”