Updated: Dec 15, 2019
Welp. Here I go, I am just typing on a keyboard at 2:00am waiting for some spark... hold on its coming to me.... yep scratch this let me go to whataburger real quick.....
Okay I'm back, let's get this blog started..
Hi, my name is Hamilt, you know what hold on real quick my hands are sticky with honey butter, imma wash em'...
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain.
Hi, my name is Hamilton Howard, welcome to my initial blog post introducing you to all that is going on. I think it will help those of you who don't know me, to fill you in on one run-on sentence of my life before I entered this space. So here we go... ready?
Okay, now that you know me, let me tell you about the day I found why, let me tell you;
In the summer of 2019 I went on a backpackers tour of S.E. Asia with me. The initial plan was to meet my buddy in Thailand and teach english for a few months, but Gods timing I guess huh? I made a pitstop in "Asia's armpit" Manila Philippines because an apologetics speaker I follow was speaking there, so I thought why not. To be short, I accidently (or providentially, you decide) walked into a community slums centered in Manila, the most densely populated city in the world might I add. What I found here was jaw dropping. What I found here was wrong. What I found here was my calling; HappyLand.
Going back a bit, I've always had a passion for people. I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit NOLA, I was 11 years old, too young to do anything of value, and it drove me insane, just watching these people suffer. Then when Haiti was struck by their Earthquake in 2010, I wanted to be there, I wanted to rescue. Or when growing up, when we would pass by homeless people on the streets, I would get so upset at my parents for just passing by. It wasn't until I started traveling did I find that this world was beautifully broken, with need higher than the heavens.
I also have always had a love for money. I think it is the most intriguing resource in this world. How can it not be? Think about it, every other resource revolves around this piece of paper in which we place value higher than gold. We as humans are utterly encapsulated by this, but I must admit I love earning my own money, I think it is one of the most healthy habits, the desire to earn money, to spur on, to "succeed". But what is success really? Is it doing what you love? is it earning a lot of money? is it giving of self? No, I think it's earning a lot of money doing what you love and giving literally all of it to this broken world.
This being said, I'm incredibly stingy with my money, I know, you might think to yourself 'oh no he/she/i'm the most frugal person alive', just go ahead and stop lying to yourself. I promise you, I am the most frugal person to ever live, EXCEPT when it comes to depravity. I lose all of my sense of judgment and look down to find my hands already open.
Combine my love for money, my passion for people, and my heart for giving, and you should not be surprised how I ended up here. I LOVE investing in despair. I don't think there is anything that compares in this life to using your resources to change the lives of those who have none. I love feeding the hungry, being homies with the homeless, helping the helpless, and pursuing hope for the hopeless.
So when I found HappyLand. I found myself. All my passions culminated. People. HappyLand is full of them, orphans and Widows, 75,000+ of them, all in their affliction were here, unvisited. Money. I can do more with it here than anywhere else on this planet. The USD is so strong here its almost funny. Together, we can literally transform every life in these slums, I am convinced of this.
You know, a good friend of mine once told me something that I think makes the most sense out of anything else in this world, he said, "To whom much is given, much is required". The man who said this also happens to be the Creator of this Universe. Yes, we are given so much. Now it is not 'our duty', not 'our good deed', not 'our blessing', not 'our giving back' to change this world for the better, it is LITERALLY THE ONLY REASON WE ARE HERE.
I see the Lord when the veil is torn,
I see the Lord in the Eye of the Storm,
I see the Lord in all of Humanity,
And, I see the Lord in all of Calamity,
I see the Lord in the waves at sea,
I see the Lord in what ought to be,
Yes, I see The Lord in all that is,
A world Beautifully Broken,
In need of His,
Indeed the crux,
I see a world,