A boy named Sadiq.

I got good news last weekend. It was about a boy I met in Malawi last November named Sadiq. Sadiq is a three year old who has severe cleft lip and palate. We were accompanying the cbm community worker – Julius – in the Lake District in Malawi – very rural. The role of the community worker is to...

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Mission overcomes differences

I am in meetings in Germany. We call it the “Family Meetings”. This is because cbm is a family. We are made up of 10 family members – 9 country members (Canada, US, Germany, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand) and 1 “combined” organization that coordinates all of our international work. These meetings have interesting dynamics. Each...

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Should cbm be involved in emergencies?

I am in Germany attending a meeting with all the cbm global offices. Yesterday we evaluated our work in Haiti after the earthquake. It is hard to believe that in a few weeks it will be six months after that earthquake. We looked at the question if cbm should be active in emergency response. After an earthquake so many...

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Justice and my responsibility

This week Bruce Cockburn won an award for lifetime achievement in music. Cockburn is an amazing musician, social commentator, and poet. As I reflected on his songs – it amazed me how his music has been one of my companions in my life. I remember so well listening anew to the song “Mines of Mozambique” after my first trip...

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World Cup Fever!

World Cup Football fever has hit. I have to admit – I love watching this event. I grew up with football (soccer) and have always loved watching it. The fact that this is in Africa makes it even more compelling to me. I love the excitement in Canada. Next week I will be in Germany for meetings and know...

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"We felt like we were expected…"

June 10, 20101 CommentGeneral

On my last blog I spoke about the Abilities Church in Toronto. It bothered me that people with disabilities felt as if they had to begin their own church in order to feel welcomed. The day after posting that blog I heard a story of the Nairobi Marathon – and it connected some dots for me. To make a long story short...

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The Abilities Church

This year I was introduced to a church in Toronto called the Abilities Church.  They claim to be the first real inclusive church in the world. They are impressive. Their staff and vision are excellent, and have all levels of ability. They model inclusion and invitation to all people. The Ability Church’s goal is to have 50% of their...

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Harder – Smarter – Louder

I celebrate how many people cbm Canada was able to bring hope to last year. I am haunted by thinking of those we could not. We are in the process of planning for next year – budget, focus, and impact. We also look at the results of the last year. One key number for many of us is the...

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Work in Canada.

The other day as I walked down our office hallway to get coffee I noticed the red light lit up on the wall. The red light meant that one of our volunteer narrators was recording a book. Last week I talked about why we spend most of our resources internationally. I tried to explain how we have to focus...

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Sebastian has been found!

I wrote in an earlier blog (April 17th) about an 8 year old boy I met in Haiti – Sebastian. He lost his home, family, and his leg in the earthquake. I last saw him swinging on his crutches out the Port au Prince Hospital gates. I wondered what would become of him, and if we would ever see...

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