You are here

From the Editor: When fate comes marching in

Lauren Coughlin, Editor
8:35 am PDT August 10, 2017

Now more than ever, our world is so connected.

With a simple touch of a button, we can capture a memory, share a thought and everything in between. That connectedness can be a really beautiful thing. It’s allowed us to shine light on dark topics and help those in need. It’s made us realize that, for better or worse, some things are not as they seem, and it’s undoubtedly changed the way the world works. 

It’s even allowed little local newspapers like ours to have stories that are able to reach an audience that expands well beyond the city limits of Malibu. 

We also know the internet is not all good. We have to second guess everything we read. We sometimes know too much, and privacy seems impossible. 

But in terms of accessibility to information, it is an unmatched resource. 

In the nonprofit world, too, I’d have to imagine that the internet is a blessing and a curse. There are so many organizations in need and many campaigning for the same cause in varying locations. 

Want to support the ocean? Google has a Top 10 list, and an endless catalogue of web articles on others. 

Want to support veterans, the homeless, cancer research, children? Google has a million answers for those, too. 

But what the internet cannot always deliver is fateful coincidences, like a Malibu man who had something to give but wasn’t sure who to give it to meeting a man who needed something but wasn’t sure where to get it. It’s a scenario fit for a movie, really. 

The star of that particular scenario is Gabriel House, a nonprofit that takes in handicapped orphans who have nowhere else to go. 

From the baby girl whose drug-addicted mother didn’t want her to the young boy whose parents had to choose between buying his medication and putting food on the table, the residents of Gabriel House have not had easy beginnings. 

Gabriel House is more than 200 miles south of Malibu in Maneadero, Baja California, Mexico. 

So, you might ask, why does this particular nonprofit have a place in the Malibu Surfside News?

Well, it’s a complex answer, but it’s also a really beautiful story — one that you’ll have to turn to Page 20 to read. 

This is certainly not the first example of Malibu giving back to its southern neighbor. Our Lady of Malibu leads mission trips to La Morita, Mexico, and earlier this year the Malibu Rotary chose Merida, Mexico, as the beneficiary of its humanitarian trip.

And while it’s not every week that we are able to share such a powerful story about something outside of Malibu, if you, our readers and residents of Malibu, have a similar story to share, we’re all ears. With summer coming to a close, we know many of you have been traveling and keeping busy with the things you are passionate about — and we’d love to hear more about all of it. 

After all, you never know who your story might reach.