Nov 292014
 

It’s been three days since I read this article by Lecrae – http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6327837/lecrae-ferguson.

Who is Lecrae?   Here’s what Wikipedia says about him……  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecrae.

That article has gotten me thinking.    Thinking a lot.   Thinking about some tough questions.   Questions that Lecrae has no answers to.

Questions that I have no answer to.lecrae-billboard-650

But a question that I am asking myself a lot is this…….

Does the whole Ferguson mess illustrate and expose that we have another a different kind of vulnerable that we need to pay more attention to?

Are the vulnerable not only the women and children in 3rd world countries but also the children who aren’t white but live in first world countries and are faced with a system that at best has biases against them and at worst is downright discriminatory?

Should we, as the privileged in places like the United States, do more and be more focused on the vulnerable in our country as well.

While they might not be at risk of dying from malnutrition, they are at risk of dying.

And as such, should we be doing more to stand up and fight on their behalf?

I’d love to hear your thoughts,

TJV

Sep 112014
 

The Vulnerable Project is not about doing the work on the ground.   We are helping other organizations who are already on the ground and are making a difference.   We want to help them do more.   This is part 1 of a series of blog posts about the people and organizations that we are partnering with and that you are helping every time you purchase something from The Vulnerable Project Store.  

The Ebenezer Discipleship Training Center operates out of Petit Goave Haiti.   Nate and Brenda Yonker are dear friends of mine and have been involved with Ebenezer since well before I knew them.     What is Ebenezer?    Ebenezer is, in a very quick summary, a seminary for Haitian Pastors.    Their main focus is training pastors in Haiti so that they can go back out to their church and be a better leader of their church.   That will in turn benefit the entire village that the pastor is working in.    Their goal is a spiritual transformation and renewal all across Haiti.    There is something exciting about seeing a plumber (Nate’s “job”) working to further the spread of the Good News from a carpenter. 

So why is a seminary selling coffee, vanilla, almond and chairs?   Because one of their goals is to attain total self sufficiency.   They want to create a business model where they can support and create jobs in Haiti and their part of the income from selling those goods will help fund the work of the seminary.

No more fundraising.   No more asking people to donate money – that’s a big goal but they are making some big strides in that direction.   Check them out at http://www.ebenezerdtc.org/.  

And then buy some coffee.    It’s the best coffee that you’ve ever tasted.

Thanks for reading a little bit about one of our partners, Ebenezer Discipleship Training Center in Haiti.

Tom
tom@thevulnerableproject.org

Jun 282014
 

During this past week, I (and many around my area) have had a very important  but painful lesson slapped in our faces.

Vulnerable isn’t JUST a 3rd world problem.   Google “West Michigan Christian Radio Host” if want to know more what I’m talking about.

It isn’t a problem that just happens with restaveks in Haiti.

It isn’t a problem that happens just with vulnerable children in Uganda.

Or India

Or Ethiopia

Or Guatemala

Or………..

The problem is right here.   It’s in the first world.   It’s in Michigan, Ohio, Quebec, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and all over the world.   It’s not JUST in the poverty stricken areas of the world. 

So the problem of abused and vulnerable children is all over the world, what do we do?   How can we fight something that big and that prevalent?

  • Start at home.    Make sure your kids feel comfortable talking with you about anything and know they can tell you anything.
  • Be cautious.   Don’t let your kids get into situations where something “ could” happen.
  • The internet – it scares me that so many 12 and 13 year olds know more about computers and the internet than their parents do.     How can you keep tabs on who your child is talking to and what they are looking at if you don’t know what Kik, SnapChat, instagram and others are?  You can’t rely on them to be the family expert – because they don’t have enough maturity to understand the dangers.   Learn, stay up on it.    Maybe I should teach a course – “101 Things Your Kids Know About The Internet that You Should Know?”
  • Don’t give up.   Don’t give up fighting for your kids (and probably fighting with them) about it.    But also don’t give up on the children who are already “stuck” in this nightmare and support organizations that fight against the abuse of vulnerable children – pick a place that interests you and support an organization that works there.

The problem isn’t JUST over there.   It’s right here.  

So, The Vulnerable Project will work with organizations in Haiti but also elsewhere.    Because children need to be in healthy family situations everywhere.

It’s a big problem, it’s a broad problem, it’s a God sized problem.   

And God has told us to be part of the solution.

I’m in, are you?

Tom Vanderwell|
Editor
The Vulnerable Project|
(616) 292-7559
tom@thevulnerableproject.org
http://thevulnerableproject.org