I have recently joined twitter. I also joined linkedin (apologies to everyone who got the mass email invite) but I don’t really understand the point of it yet. My boss at Tearfund asked me if I was tweeting about work, or The Ruby Dolls, or what. Which is a question I asked myself before I started. And it turns out the answer is YES.
I spent the first six years at Tearfund feeling like a fish out of water. Flailing around wildly (on the inside). And just in the last year or so I’ve reached a place where I’ve seen more connections between the disparate parts of my life. The theatre-making. The travelling. The community-building. The Jesus-following. The fighting-poverty-and-injustice. And while it might be easier to find my place in the twitter sphere (and, in fact, in the world) if I were only to blog about (or work for a living in) development, or churchey stuff, or theatre, I think I’d be less of myself.
So here’s to a life that doesn’t fit into categories. And some current highlights:
Our mate Ash Barker is about to arrive for a visit! He and his wife and kids live in the biggest slum in Bangkok and have done for about a decade. Ash has written a book recently called Slum Life Rising: How to Enflesh Hope within a New Urban World, telling some of their story. He recently finished a PhD on Christian ministry in slums. For the first time in history most of us live in city, with 1/6 living in slums. It raises huge questions for those of us who want to help bring transformation to the unjust structures of the world and see people released from poverty.
One of my favourite stories of those is about a woman called Poo. She is part of their slum community in Klong Toey, and Ash’s team helped her to set up a cookery business, now recommended by trip advisor and many other sites. She even has a book, with the same name as the business: Cooking with Poo! Some of the story is on the website. I am SO EXCITED because we’re off to visit them in Bangkok soon (will come back with a film, I promise) and I’m going to learn to cook with Poo. Brilliant.
In other news, our theatre company are back in the saddle again and we spent an exhausting weekend revisiting the stories of our ancestors in anticipation of our previews at Riverside Studios next month and then our run at the Edinburgh Festival. One of the other Ruby Dolls has blogged an update on our last few hectic months. It feels like we’ve been developing these stories forever, but the exciting thing is that we’re finally getting them out to the audience they deserve. Because they’re great. Come and see!
And one more thing. I’ve just posted another little video I made in Argentina a few months ago. Enjoy.