Saturday, November 25, 2006

the challenge of trying to balance

It's been quite a while since I've managed to make an update to the faith alive blog and website. I've been working in the corporate world full time outside of my work to support faith alive for about a year and a half and am beginning to understand the challenge of trying to maintain a balance. Focusing on work can be at the expense of friends, family and other important aspects of life. Fortunately God manages to speak to us in unexpected ways.

I've had a few friends and unrelated events re-adjust my scale to make sure I focus on important things such as the great work God does through Faith Alive and how I can help to support it. The first big event was a good friend suggesting that I go see a documentary at Harvard being hosted by Partners in Health. The film, Salud, discussed the methodology and practice of Health Care in Cuba. Great discussion followed and has shown how much of a priority the work of Faith Alive really is. So please bookmark the website and check back soon. The 501(c)3 status is still being reviewed by the IRS but should hopefully be processed soon. More to come.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

the official faith alive blog

The USA Faith Alive board just met last week to organize plans for helping the faith alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria. We decided to setup a blog to share the stories and reflections from trips people have taken to Nigeria to help at the Faith Alive hospital. To introduce myself a little bit and the organization. I'm 23 and a Boston College '05 grad. I went to Faith Alive for 4 days in spring 2004 and am now the webmaster at www.faithalivenigeria.org (it's a work in progress).

Faith Alive is a Christian faith based hospital in Jos, Nigeria that provides free care for many patients, the great majority have HIV/AIDS but there are many that also have TB, Malaria, and others that require surgery. The unique approach that has drawn myself and many others back to Faith Alive is the treatment of the whole patient, not just their illness. In addition to medical care, Faith Alive provides counseling, a support group, skill development programs among other social services, by providing comprehensive free care, the patient receives holistic care to treat not just the body but also the mind and soul.

Check back soon to read more about Faith Alive or check out Daylum in Jos which shows the musings of two volunteers that recently got back from Jos.