Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Good morning, Mr. Yarborough

I’m late in sharing this, but I got this strange, corny message a few weeks ago from the director of missions in the Episcopal Church:

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves a new placement in the Episcopal Church as a volunteer in mission in Cape Haitian, Haiti. You will be working as a project manager for the stabilization and revitalization of the Centre d’Agriculture St. Barnabas in Terrier Rouge, Haiti, an agriculture center run by the Diocese of Haiti.

What does this mean for you?

First, you’ve “graduated” from the Young Adult Service Corps. Congratulations, we didn’t know you could do such a thing. #flexibility. You will still have some responsibilities from Cange, and you will return almost monthly to facilitate and translate meetings for Earl Burch, the Partnership Cange Coordinator for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Your continued involvement in his work in Cange is vital to the success of the collaborative work going on between Cange and EDUSC.

Second, you will be living on your own. You’ve spent the last two years in a complex where they kindly prepared your meals, washed your clothes, and took care of maintenance issues. Now you’re on your own. Go be domestic in Haiti.

Third, you might be driving. You’ll need a car to get to the school and back home, and you may be picking up visitors from the airport to drive them around from time to time. Don’t worry. You’ll learn to drive in Haiti quickly. You’ll have to.

Fourth, a new YASCer will be joining you. Eliza Brinkley. She’ll be teaching English at CASB. She’s pretty cool. You should check out her blog:

Fifth, don’t let those delicious restaurants, breathtaking historic sites, fun dance clubs, picturesque beaches, and refreshing blue waters get to your head. There’s lots of work to be done.

Since we don’t want to cause anyone harm, this message will not self-destruct in five seconds.”

Just because it's stuck in my head:

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