I’ll never forget sitting in the Roxy Theater in Tacoma waiting for the original Star Wars movie to start. We waited in a line went all the way around the block. Everyone knew this movie was going to be a big deal. It was 1977 and we’d seen movies about space adventure but you could always see the fishing line that was suspending the spaceships and tell that there were sparklers for rocket engines. Star Wars was going to be different but we had no idea how much different.Read More
Following Typhoon Yolanda, some people rallied and made a tremendous difference. Andrew Co was one of these folks. A well connected businessman, he put the full weight of his resources to work and make a tremendous impact. Listen as Mr. Co shares his heart.Read More
Today was a strange day. I started feeling a bit sick yesterday. I spent most of the night wishing I had a sit-down toilet. I’m a big fan of Pepto Bismol. It really isn’t fun to sleep under a mosquito net when you have to keep getting up. The worst thing is when you think you're ready to go back to bed, you climb back under the net, get the net repositioned and stretch back out for a good night sleep and then, nope, I have to crawl out from under the net and tiptoe across the room so I don’t wake the rest of the team as I go back to the bathroom which is now leaking from a panel in the ceiling despite the fact that it isn’t raining outside. I’m not sure that I really want to know why. I’m not sure if the floor above us has filled up like a swimming pool or if there is a broken pipe or what. I just don't want the panel to come swinging open and have 50 gallons of murky water come down on my head! Focusing on the job at hand, I hurried up and went back to bed only to repeat the exercise four or five times last night.Read More
Yesterday, I did laundry by hand and hung it up. Today it is still wet. We were packing up today to go to Tacloban. By the way, if you are travelling, the best way to pack is to roll your clothes and put them in baggies. You never know when you might be crossing a river or if your laundry won't dry.
While we waited for the truck to come back and transport us, we played "bocce" with marbles in the parking area. I really enjoy the guys that I'm deployed with. I couldn't ask for a better team. They are eager to serve and they put others first. I felt a little bad beating them in marble bocce, but not much.Read More
Under extreme pressure or when disaster strikes, some people disengage and become bystanders. You've probably experienced this at work and maybe even at home. I've done it and perhaps you have as well. It is the easiest course but it results in absolutely no legacy. Life becomes blah. You have to roll up your sleeves, lean forward and get involved if you want to make a difference where you are (or perhaps clear across the world). That is exactly what a group of women from Bellevue, WA have done. They are part of a worldwide movement called "Dress a Girl Around the World". Lucille Langeman rallied a bunch of her friends to make dresses for the girls in Africa sponsored by Children of the Nations.Read More