Hey there!  This is just a quick update to let you know that our brand new video blog has begun.  Cool, huh???

Episode 1 is below.

Now, this “vlog” (ew, don’t like that word… how about “videog?” “Vibleog?”) is not going to be very fancy.  No editing, no special effects, no Lucas-esque screen wipes.  Just me, a camera, and the world I (or our future full-time journalists) happen to be living in at the moment.

I’m not even using a tripod.  The first part of this video was me talking to a camera wedged between a rusty piece of metal and the side of a wooden hut.  So yeah… low tech.

We’re not overlaying our videos with dramatic music.  We’re not timing our cinematic transitions to most effectively tug at your heartstrings.  On purpose.  We’re simply showing you the world that lies right next door to your own.

So sit back, relax, and let me take you to the village of Chambrun, Haiti…

Episode 1 Footnotes:

  • Want to read more about Chambrun?  We’ve written about it several times before!
  • Yes, I know the video was super shaky and nausea inducing when I moved the camera around.  Still working out the kinks here… be patient!  :-)
  • There was a fascinating article in the New York Times this past week about an ingenious solution to childhood malnutrition.  Definitely worth a read.
  • If you want to hear more about Aubree and Kacie’s adventures, be sure to head over to Aubree’s blog or Kacie’s blog.  Just remember that they are nurses, and they seem to have no problem with a little blood.  :-)

See you next week!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Jim M said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 7:00 am  

    Not sure what you will call it….(Blideo?) but if “a picture is worth a thousand words”, this addition to WND will add volumes to the articles where it is used.

    It’s difficult to imagine a mother rejecting her child in that way. The video leaves the viewer with a million unanswered questions, and the image of two nurses trying to save one fragile life in extreme conditions.

    I suspect like most videos, each viewer will pick out something different.

    We need “the rest of the story”….

  2. Nick Kirongo said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 7:47 am  

    Wow that was great Barry, the environment there is great. I love the green trees, Rosemary is sure a story of hope, she will grow into a beautiful kid and put to shame anything that was against her. good work Barry Rodriguez! Next time show us NVM :)

  3. Curtis Honeycutt said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 9:04 am  

    How about bloggeo? Vidblogo? Blogoevich?

  4. Dave Ingala said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am  

    Whatever you end up calling it, it’s great! Good to see AND hear you. Can’t wait for the Episode #2.

  5. Dave Rod said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 1:03 pm  

    I love the new format! And yeah, how on earth do we process a mom giving up on a child? But thank God once again for NVM, and people like Kacie and Aubree.

    Again, I love that WND continues to explore new means of exposing us to the world!

  6. stephanie mueller said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 4:07 pm  

    Thank you Barry. Love the video idea. It leaves me with many different feelings. Desperate desire to be there. Sadness, hope, frustration. Not knowing if or when I will go back is so hard but I am so happy to still see it through you.
    Praying, Steph

  7. Lindi said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 7:29 pm  

    Barry, thanks for the video. It adds a new dimension to understanding. If you can do a follow up later…it would be great to see the mother interact with her child down the road. Will be praying

  8. Deanna Reinoso said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 9:26 pm  

    Thanks for this video. We have been praying for baby Rosmelie and her mom. We also are trusting for strength and health for Kacie and Aubree as they serve with Gods love. It is so nice to get a glimpse of the amazing things that God is doing.

  9. Aaron Elliott said... 


    September 8th, 2010 at 10:29 pm  

    Yeah…that’s awesome. Love the vid-og-munch-der-strichen…or whatever. Can I come there now?

    I guess December will be here soon enough.

  10. Amy Sorrells said... 


    September 9th, 2010 at 9:02 pm  

    The hands and feet of Jesus, holding that baby, and your heart working through a camera lens to allow us to almost touch and smell and I dare say even taste the miracles of God’s goodness in those children dancing at your feet in the dust of Chambrun. Yes, cool, Barry. Very, very cool.

  11. Rob said... 


    September 10th, 2010 at 10:09 am  

    Thank you Barry, Kacie, Aubree and NVM and – WOW! – how amazing is it to have such immediate, ongoing contact from miles away? It keeps us in touch. It keeps our hearts soft. It keeps our prayers focused. Hugs to all!

  12. Jessie said... 


    September 11th, 2010 at 11:53 am  

    I just wanted to leave a message and explain how hope continues to extend, specifically through Rosmelie’s story… i’m a teacher in Fishers, IN and feel drawn to follow people like Aubree and Kacie and Barry, but truly feel the LORD would have me stay put for the time being. I watched your “videolog” the other day and was moved to tears seeing Rosmelie’s little, tiny, malnourished body in the arms of Kacie and the thought of her mother’s beginning lack of regard for her. I was praying for my students today and the Lord gave me the picture of Rosemelie in place of one specific student. He’s a boy who suffers from extreme anxiety, is insecure, I would say is under developed emotionally and is also screaming out for Love. Though I work in Fishers, Jesus is still needed as a solution for hopelessness. Even though I can’t physically lift this student, or any student, into my arms and cradle him gently with hunched shoulders, or tend to them with feeding tubes of strength- it’s something the Lord calls me to do metaphorically and through prayer. It’s a different form of labor but the same work. God is good, and I just wanted to share a different way the Lord is even using NVM and WND. Thank you for the pictures and examples of Love that we are all called to. It’s easier to see in Haiti or in third worlds for example, but God is God of every nation and every single life.

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