Today we began with a session I facilitated using Holy Currencies material on dreaming where we see this ministry going over the next 5-10+ years. We had a great session where we identified the currencies we currently have and by focusing through the lens of the board and the senior staff we were able to listen to what God was telling us about this ministry and how we could move forward in our mission.
James, Connor and I were then driven by Roland to purchase some artisan works for re-sale in order to raise funds for the mission. We first stopped in the midst of a whole area of metal workers. We examined their work, haggled and in the end the three of us purchased a good number of items. In spite of us receiving “the American price” James’ Creole and my Greek were able to bluff, and hem and haw enough to get the prices dropped significantly. We also visite the Artists Co-op, where there was no haggling but many good items.
We visited the site of the clinic. Saw the temporary offices. Spoke to the staff and threw a party for them. Had a chance to speak vision with senior staff again. Saw the demolition zone where the new offices, clinic and Mision house will be built. We saw that the excavator had suffered a bit of an accident and was lying on its side. Everyone standing around and staring and the big tow truck were dead giveaways. In the driving around we got to see a whole lot of Port au Prince, the different neighborhoods and the contrasts. Extreme poverty and wealth. The Caribbean Market with its walls, packaged cooked chickens, bakeries and armed guards with towers and walls in the parking lot to the street slums of Krist Roi.
The reminder of who rules our mission was more than apparent as the Site of our clinic is in the midst of one of the poorest districts called Krist Roi, Creole for Christ the King. Where else would Christ be King but on the midst of the poorest of the poor.