Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
-On the third, fourth, or fifth date, when you see a future with this person most people don't talk about their HIV/AIDS status- and they should. It doesn't matter if sex isn't on the agenda, HIV/AIDS status matters.
-Aids is an equal opportunity disease. Current statistics are 50% women 50% men infected.
- Most people state that the sexual education received is so-so to non existent. I waver closer to non existent. And because sex is the single biggest carrier of HIV/AIDS, that is a scary statistic.
-Most of the room stated that their understanding of HIV was minimal.
-Most of the females in the room knew that there is a female condom, however most of the room has never inserted one, nor knows how.
-If you are saying the sentence,"I'm not at risk because ________." and are not abstinent, then you are at risk.
-You have got to have the conversation on HIV/AIDS status.
-AIDS is everyones problem.
Honestly if you haven't been tested, and you aren't 100% sure of your status, you are at risk and need to be tested. I would put money(if I had money) on the fact that every town/city has a place that you could be tested for cheap/free.
K I'm getting off my soapbox now and will leave you with couple quotes
"So the happy you feel when you are with him is the same as when you eat a good sandwich?"
"We all have friends, that if we were to write a book, they'd be a in big trouble."
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Right after Katrina hit firemen, police officers and national guardsmen went though houses and rumble and took bright orange spray paint and marked how many poeple-both dead and alive, were found in the house, the date it was checked, and who checked it. As we rode through residential areas there were still some of those signs up. It's been almost 4 years. That is a tragedy in itself- taking into account all the things that could be to blame for this lag in rebuilding.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
On Thursday we drown down W. Beach Blvd- and saw the shell house where we worked. I got some new pictures of it and talked with the owner. But driving down Beach Blvd. is haunting. It seems like so much work has been done- but at the same time-none has been done at the same time. We saw houses in various states of rebuild. I can't even imagine what happened post Katrina. They lost everything and they still have hope to rebuild and come back.
I said ealier
"It captures you. It makes you see beauty in the breakdown of everything. It shoes you kindness in poeple who hardly have enough for for themselves, but are more than willing to share what little they have. And do so, so gracefully, that it makes you wanna be like them. The poeple are seared in your mind. You can't get their actions, or their hardships out of your mind. Despite everything that they have gone through, they still manage to smile and give thanks at the end of the day."And this trip to Gulfport did nothing more than reaffirmed that statement. They offered so much of themselves- even if it was just stories.
One of my favorite songs at the moment is Albertine-by Brooke Frasier and one of the lines in that song is "Now that I have seen-I am responsible." And I couldn't help thinking as we worked and went there that we have seen the destruction that still is Gulfport, Mississippi. A lot of people don't realize that it's still a disaster zone and that they still need help. We are responsible to tell poeple the stories of the poeple who lives there and that there is still a need for work teams. But the fact that we have seen and are responsible extends to more than missions work. It extends to Christs love as well. We have seen the power of his love and are responsible for spreading that love.
Sometimes you meet poeple, that when you look in thier eyes you see Jesus. The ones who are rebuilding-I see Jesus in there eyes.
We did a lot of hard work-got a fair amount of sun, met some really amazing people and families. and sat in a car for a little over 20 hours total. While I can't imagine what they went through, I've seen pictures and I've heard stories. And I know those amazing poeple have taught me the ultimate in grace,hope, faith and perseverence. They offer all that they have, even if it's just stories or an encouraging word.
"We are male and female. We are artists, athletes, students, and business owners. We have depression, DID, PTSD, eating disorders, borderline personalities, bipolar disorder, or maybe no formal diagnosis at all. Some of us were abused, some were not. We are straight, bi, and gay. We come from all walks of life and can be any age. We are every single race or religion that you can possibly think of. Our common link is this: We are in pain. We self-injure. And we are not freaks."
Friday, March 06, 2009
I have a million things I need to blog about....but now there is no time. I am leaving for mississippi in the morning. So I have a list a mile long of things I gotta do to prepare for that. Oh and I'm still phoneless
But I do wanna leave you kids with a couple pictures. Yes that is all of my stuff for mississippi- not including my purse.