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January 30, 2013

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So the Boys Know We’re Crazy about Them (Rachael)

February 5, 2009


Remember when we said we wanted to let the boys in Guatemala know that there was someone out there who was absolutely crazy about them? Well guess what?  It’s happening!  A few weeks ago we launched Foreign eXchange, which is kind of like a sponsorship program with a few uniquely-eXchange twists.  For one, the emphasis is on personal relationships.  Sure, we’ll send small gifts and other trinkets to show we care, but really this is all about one-on-one connections.  People from eXchange will write letters to their boys, and the two of us (along with others from our church) will hand deliver them.  Then we’ll help the boys write letters to their U.S. amigos, and we’ll come back to the U.S. and deliver those.  Apart from going down to Guatemala and meeting the kids face-to-face (which we’d like to see lots of people do!), it’s as personal as it gets. 


Also, there’s no sponsorship fee.  It’s not like we’re taking money to cover the overhead.  Sure, it takes time to put this all together, and it’s not cheap to make four yearly trips to Guatemala, but the “amigos” who sign up for Foreign eXchange won’t be the ones who foot the bill.  All we want the amigos to do is pray and help make the boys feel loved.


Anyway, after our first week of sign ups, there were only eight boys who weren’t grabbed up by someone eager to love on them!  And now, we’re down to three.  If you would like to “adopt” one of these three little amigos, shoot us an email (nate and Rachael @ hotmail . com—no spaces), and we’ll get you some more info. 


Also, would you be praying for us?  There are so many details yet to be worked out (What about the kids who leave the orphanages? What about the kids who are new? What about the people who sign up but don’t follow through? What about the problems we haven’t anticipated?)!



Finally, if you’re in a position to financially support these crazy Guat adventures, we’d love to have your help!  And, if you make your checks out to Buckner, your gifts are tax-deductible.  Nate and I have about $3,000 for our March trip so far (incredible!), but we still need about $1,000 more (gulp).  100_3596


Check back again later this week. We plan to post more info about Foreign eXchange soon.    


Wood Pipe, Clay Pot, PVC

September 23, 2008

ipe. Tube. Conduit. A hollow cylinder.



I guess it doesn’t really matter what it’s made out of or what flows through it; any way you go piping is simple, bland, and deeply spiritual.


Yes, I really think a pipe can be spiritual. And not just in some hippy cliché “yeah man, when I smoke my pipe it’s like all the chaos in life becomes so peaceful” kind of way. If it leads us to think about more than just the physical, then I think it can be “spiritual.”


In some semi-meditative thought, I considered the history of pipe and thought about what its basic purpose is: transport. Modern pipelines transport oil, water, and even sewage: all things that society needs to get from one place to another. Initially, I only thought about all the valuable stuff we can get from a pipeline, but then I decided that it’s equally valuable for pipes to get rid of waste. The Blue Man Group brought to my attention this function in one of their performances where they not only used pipe to make wonderful music/performance art, but they also spent quite a bit of time explaining that most of the plumbing in the world is used to transport poo away (they had an echo loop on the word away.. away.. away). 


When googling pictures for this post, I found this one of a water main in Philidelphia made of wood. I’m guessing that, when it was built, water pressure wasn’t that big of a deal; in fact, they were probably just excited to have water flowing. I guess my thought was that the only reason why it matters what the pipe is made of is efficiency of purpose. Can you imagine trying to carry drinking water in a pipe with holes?  And yet you want holes in some drainage pipes.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s tough to carry out what you’re designed to do if you aren’t made of the right material. 


Anyway, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with us.  Well, over the next 12 months we’re working with our church to lay some pipe, not physical pipe, but spiritual pipe. We hope to connect our church community, eXchange, with orphanages in Guatemala City to allow love to flow between the two.  There won’t be any literal pipe. I guess the piping will be us. Not just “us” being me and Rachael, but “us” the community of people who are following Christ and serving him by loving others. We are the pipe.


I think Paul might have been alluding to this by saying we’re jars of clay. Back in Paul’s day, they used clay pots for transporting water, oil, flour, and probably waste in a similar manner as to how we now use pipes. (Although, I’d like to think we increased the efficiency and sanitary factors over the course of centuries…)


I’m looking forward to seeing how God can use a simple mission like ours in Guatemala to share his love with some unloved children, creating a bond (community) among eXchangers, and seeing God blow our feeble efforts out the of the water with his life-changing power.


Final thoughts: It’s crucial for me not to be a leaky pipe or one that’s polluting what I’m carrying. My prayer is that God would continue to refine the material that I am so that I can efficiently and effectively carry what he’s designed for me to transport.