It’s tough

I want to say thanks to anyone who took the time to look at any of the pictures, videos, or text content on this blog during our trip that began last Thursday and ended last night. Your curiosity about the conditions in Haiti, our progress on the trip, and the progress of the work there means a lot, enough that you would click on a link to check it all out.

This morning, we have to go on the air in a much more broad sense and communicate to all listeners of our show a few things about the trip. You have actually gone out of your way to come on this page and read about what’s going on, but most people tune into our station to hear music, and then they may come upon us talking about our Haiti trip, which is a good thing. But I fear that may not be the setting to share the same raw types of unconventional, transparent discontent as I have here. I’m afraid that many listeners to our station would rather have their ears tickled about the good things happening there, and what we can “do to help.”  The problem is that I’ve discovered that Americans are the ones that need help (in a spiritual whole-life sense), and I’m afraid very few people want to hear that message and those who do hear it may not grasp the importance behind the words communicating that truth.

So it’s kind of difficult discerning what message to put out about the trip.  Perhaps the confused and torn state (honesty) is the best vantage point to approach the show with today.  It’s difficult to not think about those in the audience who really don’t care much about what those of us who went on the trip have to say. It’s kind of funny, though. In radio broadcasting 101 class, we were always taught to “speak to the person in your audience who is the most interested in what you’re saying,” and go from there. That’s just kind of hard to do sometimes. I can’t really describe it. I guess what I’m always trying to continue to do more of is present a REAL message on the air, not one that’s finely tuned and crafted to a select bunch of people.

I suppose we’ll just shoot from the heart, let God work the message on listeners’ ears, and do the best we can.  Oh, and play the video of those orphanage kids singing, “Above All” to us in English.  That was really cool.

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2 responses to “It’s tough

  1. Well stated. We do need to turn our ears to what else is happening around the world. Not only does it happen around the world in places such as Haiti, but it happens here in our own country as well. I remember working with young children on an Indian Reservation in Arizona 2 summers ago. The need for Christs Love among other things is unbelievable.

    Thanks for all you have shared.

  2. Laurie Eltrevoog

    Images of the friends you made in Haiti and your experiences there will be forever now in your thoughts, your prayers and your dreams. And you are moving the hearts of those who have followed you on this journey through your blog. Thank you SO much, dear son for what you have done and for what you have shared with us! You and your friends, both US and Haitian, have blessed us, spoken to our spirits and inspired us to seek God’s will for our lives in a much deeper way.
    Love you and God bless!

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