Meals for Haiti

They are setting up downstairs to pack meals for Haiti. Our office consists of 2 main buildings that are each 2 stories tall. (There is a middle part that goes up another two floors but it’s small.) And there is an open section between the floors, so I have a pretty good view of where they’ve brought in the pallets of food and boxes, etc. I tried to get some pics with my phone. They aren’t that great but I’ll put them up here anyway.

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There is rice and other ingredients to go into the meal packs. They have tables spread out all over (my picture is just of a few) where the meals will be packed. Then there are boxes for the meal packs.

We are doing this with Kids Against Hunger. If I remember correctly Kids Against Hunger are one of our partner organizations through GAiN, our relief arm. From 11 – 1 today anybody from the office can go down and help pack up meals. Like most of the stuff we do around here families are invited, so soon I’m sure it’s going to be pleasantly noisy as hundreds of people start packing meals.

Busy!, Busy!, Busy!

Remember the bad magician guy from the Frosty the Snowman cartoon? He liked to repeat things three times and one is “Busy!, Busy!, Busy!”. Stuff like that sticks in my head. I have trouble remembering my own phone number but I have Frosty the Snowman dialog I’ll never forget. But that’s not the point, the point is we are busy.

Who isn’t you ask? Yeah, I know, it seems to be a condition impacting us all. But as much of our business is ministry related, I thought I’d share.

In a couple of weeks Ingrid and I head to Thailand. We’ll be taking part in a set of meetings that involve our Global Technology Leaders. These are guys from all over the world that take leadership in planning and implementing technology use for their area. We meet in Thailand because some are coming from countries where it is difficult to get a visa into other places. Thailand is very liberal in this respect and so everyone can come. As a bonus one of our members lives in Thailand and can easily make all the required arrangements to host the meetings. We will be in the city of Chiang Mai.

The last two days, I’ll be working with a couple other men (I’d say who but they are coming from a closed country and I can’t.) to train another 20 in using some software that we’ve found to be very useful, called Drupal. It is free software that makes building powerful web sites relatively easy. (Not easy, but relatively so.) Getting ready for that has kept me pretty occupied. I’ve been collecting training materials, donated by three different U.S. companies. I’ve also been putting together a collection of our own resources to distribute to those that attend.

During all the meetings we’ll be using some chat software to help facilitate interaction. We’ve found this is helpful, especially for the folks that don’t speak English as their first language. We also run an on-site web server for the training in case internet access gets too slow. I have the computers we’ll use as the servers in our cube and I’m making sure they are working well as well as the networking equipment that connects them. It has to be set up so that everyone can properly connect to the servers as well as the outside world.

Ingrid will be doing a presentation that involves some number crunching and statistical work. Thank goodness she’s so gifted in that area and has such a strong math background. She’ll be helping leaders understand some trends going on within our organization as relates to some current tools we’ve had in place for a while now.

At the same time, on the home front, we are getting things ready for my mom and dad to come visit. They will be watching the kids while we are gone for 13 days. Any of you with kids know how crazy it can be, the driving to and from different events, homework, getting to and from school, etc. So we are trying to make sure we’ve got everything organized and ready so they can know where and when to do what they need to do. And we’ve been moving around some furniture and doing stuff to make sure they have room.

And of course all that stuff they will be doing continues for us as well. And our regular work. Ingrid and I will both be in a meeting today for what I think is a rather exciting young ministry that works to reach lawyers all over the world. They want a web site built and we’ll be helping them navigate how to make it happen. It’s great to be busy because all of it is valuable work that we are excited to see happen.

Super Bowl Breakfast Webcast Update

OK – I was a little confused, some of the information on what to do was confusing and there was just a lot of confusion. This page clears it all up. In a nutshell, to watch the broadcast one needs to sign up for it. It will be available starting Saturday evening, though I think they make a great suggestion – watching it during half time of the game. Though I’d want to double check and make sure it will fit in that time frame. Anyway, if you are interested in watching the breakfast, follow that link and all will be made clear.