is the continuation of
a shorter blog entry here
Who is driving this thing?
You know that game with sliding tiles where you try to order
the pieces into a picture but you only have one empty space
to work with? Thats how my life feels lately; I know what
I want it to look like, but before one thing can be in place,
something else has to be done.
example, recruiting the right people for our first crop of students
at the EJ Institutes for Youth Ministry is a top priority for
our team and we have received 175 inquiries so the picture were
trying to put together is clear: get those people information
about the institutes so they can start making preparations if
they are going to study with us starting April 4th of 09.
But to do that optimally we need to do the data entry of those
175 fairly detailed forms, we need the web page with information
to be ready, we need a system for processing their responses,
make a long, and not too interesting, story a bit shorter, almost
two months after we received the inquiries, we had only done
the data entry for thirty five people. (It had seemed like a
good idea for all of the team members to chisel away at the
pile as they could, but it was taking me about an hour to complete
five entries and no one else was chiseling.) As a team we started
looking for volunteers to help but nothing surfaced so I asked
a friend who works in administration if she knew anyone we could
pay to help. She gave me a name and contact information and
I tried and tried to get in touch with her but couldnt.
The next day I get a note from a teammate saying there was a
possibility of a volunteer to help us. Free is good!
I feel kind of badly about the girl I was trying to contact
because she apparently needed the money. I still hadnt
spoken with her but I wrote an email explaining the situation
and said we would keep her in mind for next time.
meet with the volunteer --hes actually someone we know,
a student from Mexico who lived with some of our close friends
for a month when he first arrivedand in a day he entered
the data for sixty more people.
I really felt satisfied that evening when I finally got a response
from the girl I had been trying to hire. She apologized that
she hadnt answered my calls or email and explained in
great detail about the crazy, busy week shed had and said
that there was no way she could help us.
all might seem like much ado about nothing to you but for me,
as we are in over our heads with this project and are working
in cultures that are largely still unknown to us, it has been
a much needed reminder that this process is Gods and not
ours. We dont have to drive it or make it work. All were
responsible for is faithfully doing our part. He knows what
we need and he can work out the details so they are win/win
for everyone involved.
for us both