Do No Harm? Bring Love into the World?

Some of us, striving for ways to solve problems such as the ecological problems in Haiti, look for root causes. And there’s almost always something humans did – people we could blame, if we like. One way of looking at the world is to say that people should avoid doing harm to others. A quite different way is to ask people to create as much love around them as they can. I don’t think the “do no harm” philosophy is a bad one, but I think in many ways what we humans want out of our lives is not just to avoid hurting...

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Unequally Yoked with Unbelievers

I was reading the book “Three Cups of Tea,” about Greg Mortenson’s work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, after having discussed with a friend the idea of being “unequally yoked with unbelievers“. The “unequally yoked” phrase, as I interpret it, refers to the fact that you can cooperate with someone who believes differently from you, and they may take advantage of the effort you put in, and take their energy elsewhere to accoplish their own goals which may have nothing to do with your own. I’ve...

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The Power of Water

These photos give a little bit of a view of the incredible power of the river Momas. In these photos it’s higher than it usually was while I was there, but it’s nowhere near the water level it reaches when a hurricane comes. In the photo above, you can see a dark brown spot where the river has rapidly eaten away at the gravel wall put up as a temporary erosion control measure. In the bottom photo, you can see the force as the river falls six feet over a concrete barrier and hits the bottom of the barrier, and creates an eddy and...

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Miracles of Plenty in Haiti

I was thinking about the miracle of “the loaves and the fishes”, whereby Jesus feeds five thousand people with five loaves of bread and a couple fish. (John 6) I was thinking about the miracle that makes it possible for one of us in Philadelphia to, for what we earn in about one hour of work, to make it possible for a teacher in Haiti to work for a whole week! And a week of work in a Philadelphia office can earn you enough to fund a school for 72 children for a month! I was thinking about the trust it takes, to leave the work of...

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Fayet People’s Coalition

Here’s the roadside sign for the “Fayet People’s Coalition” / “Heads Together”, the group whose work I went to see while I was in Haiti. This sign hangs over the road in Fayet, next to the place where the community group meets. They meet in the yard of one of the families that has been deeply involved in the organization for many years, a family that also hosted me for a number of days when I stayed in...

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Life in Haiti

–This is the riverbed alongside Fayet, Haiti. You can see the beauty of the country and the devastation that deforestation, and the erosion that follows, have caused.–

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