The needs around the world are overwhelming. For most of us the needs are paralyzing. The first time I looked over the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, I remember feeling nothing but hopeless.
When we are confronted with these blinding needs, our first response is to just make things better. Give a piece of bread, find water, build a house, or give some clothes. Without knowing it, when we participate in this kind of relief work we are reinforcing poverty. When we are blinded by what is wrong, we miss what is right. This blog is all about serving with eyes wide open. Poverty is not one-dimensional, neither should our solutions be one-dimensional.
Think of this blog as field notes on community development. I spent three years as Field Director for 1MISSION in the barrios of Northern Mexico. After replacing myself with locals I moved to Phoenix to join our US team as Creative Director.
Why is this blog called Good Mud? I’m glad you asked.
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