Jan 062015
 

What’s this all about?

This caring for the poor “thing?”

Helping the homeless

Adoption

Orphan Prevention

Missions

Social Justice

What’s it really all about?

What’s really going on?

 

 

It’s rather simple but very painful.

We’re at war.

The devil is doing everything he can to harm, hurt, kill and destroy God’s people.

And how does he do that? 

  • Corruption
  • Disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Abuse
  • Sex trafficking
  • Comfort and complacency
  • and every other way that he can attempt to damage, hurt or destroy God’s people.

And as usual, he starts with the weakest link.   So he’s first going to go after the children, the weak, the ill, the defenseless.

Precisely because they are defenseless.

Everything we talk about here at The Vulnerable Project will be focused through that framework.  

The devil wants the darkness to win.

We need to push back the dark.

Jul 092014
 

Next week, the first of our monthly prayer newsletters will come out.   What is it?   It’s a collection of needs and prayer requests from organizations scattered all around Haiti.   The one thing they all have in common?   They are all working towards improving the conditions for vulnerable families.

Want to be a part of it?

Want to have a list to pray for?

Go to http://thevulnerableproject.org/praying-for-the-vulnerable/ and sign up.

Thanks for praying for those in need!

Tom
tom@thevulnerableproject.org

Jul 082014
 

One of the goals of The Vulnerable Project is to support the people who are working with vulnerable children and their families through prayer.    As part of that, once a month, we’ll be publishing a “collective” of prayer requests of organizations in Haiti who need prayer support.

Do you work for an organization that supports vulnerable families?   Would you like to be included?

Go to http://thevulnerableproject.org/do-you-work-in-haiti/ and sign up.   No cost, no obligation and no spam.

The first monthly prayer letter is going to go  out next week Monday, so if you want prayer requests included, I need you to get them to me by Monday morning, July 14 at 8:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.

E-mail them to me at tom@thevulnerableproject.org.

Thanks!

Tom Vanderwell

Jun 072014
 

This morning I read something on Facebook that a friend of mine in Haiti wrote:

“Sometimes I think I’d rather be blind than see the poor around me. And then I wonder how can I stay alert and emotionally handle what I see when I can do so very little about it”

That got me thinking.   We in the first world don’t see the poor nearly as easily as those in places like Haiti do.

We in the first world, in many ways, are blind to the poor that are around us.   It’s easier to be blind to the poor when they aren’t living right next to you or begging you for food or……..  But being blind to the poor is not a good thing.   God has told us in many ways and at many times that he expects us to care about and care for the poor.

“Do so very little about it……”

First off, I want to say that this friend, of everyone I know in Haiti, is not someone who does very little about it.    Daily I see the impact her life has on the people of Haiti, the children of Haiti and the families who get to stay together and stay alive because of her and her organization.

Secondly, I’ve written it before, but in The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss talks about “this mess is so big and so tall.”    And then the Cat proceeds to solve the problem.   I’m not saying that my friend is the Cat in the Hat, but that story resonates with me because even though the mess is big, it’s not too big for God.

I had the opportunity to have coffee this morning (well, actually, I had ice tea) and one of the things we touched on briefly was the question, “Why?”   And we all had the opportunity to talk briefly about why we are doing what we’re doing……

  • One was doing “it” to encourage others to live a more meaningful life.
  • Another was doing “it” to live more healthy (healthier?)
  • Another was doing “it” to be around more for his children compared to his former traveling corporate world job.
  • And me – Why am I working on the Vulnerable Project?
    • Because I’ve seen first (and second hand) the difficulties that children face when they are separated from their birth families.   It isn’t always avoidable but it is more avoidable than what is currently happening.
    • Because God said the poor matter.    Period.
    • Because poverty is a many faceted disease.
    • Because people like my friend (read her comment above again) are making a huge difference but don’t always feel that way.

How?   How is the Vulnerable Project working on making a difference?

We can make a difference.   Little by little, we can make a big difference.

Will you help?

Tom
The Vulnerable Project
tom@thevulnerableproject.org

May 212014
 

In the last week in Haiti, there have been 4 incidents of horrific violence that have impacted friends of mine.   While they are physically unharmed, they have lost friends and they have seen and felt things that are so big and so ugly that it is truly heartbreaking.

You can read her recounting of one of the stories at http://www.haitifoundationagainstpoverty.blogspot.com/2014/05/we-cannot-unsee.html.   Warning – make sure you read her disclaimer at the top of the post.

Two other of my friends are currently in Haiti.   They are training mental health professionals (Haitians) on the impacts of trauma on children and the long term destruction (her word, not mine, but I agree) of the lives of children and its impact on the future of Haiti.   Sobering to say the least, heart wrenching to more accurately describe it.

You can read her “Short Sermon” at http://sahzu.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/a-short-sermon/.

So, if you read both of those posts, you’ll know a good part of the reason that I was up until after 1:00 this morning.  Heavy, heavy stuff.

This morning, as I’m driving back from bringing my daughter to school, this phrase from “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss popped into my mind:

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”

― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

No, I’m not suggesting giving up.    God doesn’t give up on us, so we don’t give up on fellow man, especially on the vulnerable women and children who are the ones most in need (Read Gary Haugen’s The Locust Effect – it will scare you).

Instead, I’m suggesting, proposing that we take an additional approach to fighting this battle.

Continue with the physical aid that is being offered to those who are in need of help.   But ramp it up on the spiritual side.

Acknowledge more openly that we are fighting the devil and fight back with a concerted effort at more and more focused prayer on behalf of those who are being impacted by poverty, by disease, by violence and by the devil’s efforts to make it harder for the good to triumph in this world.

What is this prayer effort going to look like?    Frankly, I don’t know.

I just know that God says that He will win the war but He wants us to be his prayer warriors.

If you have ideas or want to be part of whatever “it” might be, leave a note in the comments or e-mail me at thomas.vanderwell@gmail.com.

This mess is so big that we can’t pick it up all by our selves.

But I know someone who can and will.   The question is when and how.

Tom