Saturday, January 8, 2011
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry and always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket
Shoes on my feet
In my own little world
I try to stay awake through the Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts
and I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
It's easy to do when it's population me
What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose
I could be living right now
outside my own little world?
Stopped at the red light, looked out my window
Outside the car, saw a sign, said "Help this homeless widow"
Just above this sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, "God, what have I been doing?"
So I rolled down my window and looked her in the eye
Oh how many times have I just passed her by
I gave her some money then I drove on through
In my own little world there's population two
Start breaking my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hand and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me
Man, Matthew West just punched me in the gut! At this point I don't necessarily have any specific application, or what I'm doing differently or how it changed me. I just thought it was worth sharing. It's been in my head all day - not just the lyrics, but the reminder that it's
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This letter is from Guillermo.
He is 8 years old.
He lives in Nicaragua.
And each month,a few $$ are withdrawn from my bank account to help support his education and his health.
I sponsor Guillermo through an organization called Compassion International. Last spring, at the Catalyst West conference in California, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion, speak about his outlook on children across the world, and how we are called to not only care for them, but involve them, teach them, and let them be a part of our world (he has an excellent book on this subject called Too Small to Ignore). After his speech, I lined up with many others to fill out the sponsorship paper work, and got to take a packet home that day with pictures and information about Guillermo, which sits on my desk at work.
Compassion is such a cool organization, and one that is reputable and responsible in how they manage funds. Founded in 1952, today Compassion serves more than 1 million children in 26 countries. The organization works to release these children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. To learn more about Compassion, check out their website.
The moment I spotted the envelope sitting in my mailbox, I knew exactly what it was. I squealed with delight, as my roommate wondered what in the world I had found. I raced inside, dropped everything at the door, and jumped onto our velvet green chair to rip open the envelope. And the moment I opened it, I saw this:
Holding something in my hands that had once been in his possession just made it click for me. It filled my heart with love for this little boy I may never meet. It fueled my desire and discipline to pray for him, not as an afterthought, but as a member of my family. I think of him in an entirely new way. All because of one letter.
Isn't the power of a letter marvelous?
Thursday, June 3, 2010
How much is a teacher paid in Burma?
Not per day.
Not per week.
Not per month.
$40 a YEAR.
At Catalyst West, I had the pleasure of hearing Eugene Cho, founder of One Day's Wages speak. He told a story of being in Burma and asking what the biggest obstacle to overcoming poverty there was. The answer he received? Education. They couldn't pay teachers' salaries. They lacked $40 a year to pay teachers.
After telling this story, Eugene said, "look: global poverty is HUGE. But it's not so big that we can't do something about it. You and I, we might not be able to change the entire world, but believe it - we can make a dramatic impact together in the fight against global poverty."
He then pointed out that we all have influence - we each make the choice as to whether that influence will be good, bad, or passive. Then he asked a question that made my head spin, and it hasn't stopped since:
Do you really believe that your life is valuable? Do you really believe that God can use you to make a difference?
Um, I sure hope so! Otherwise, what's the point?
This organization, only 7 months old, encourages people to consider donating only one day's worth of their yearly wage to help fight global poverty. What a cool concept.
- 100% of your donation goes to helping fight poverty
- You pick where your money is invested
In 7 months, ODW's has surpassed $300,000 in giving. The story of this organization and the family who founded it is incredible. Head over to their website and check out the cool campaigns and parternships they have going, the album they have coming out, watch some cool videos, learn more about global poverty, and calculate what one day's wages is for you.
This is the real deal.
Monday, May 17, 2010
For so many reasons:
- The weather - yeah... I'm a warm and sunny kind of girl.
- The scenery - beach, mountains, valleys, beautiful agriculture... all in one place!
- The Food - between awesome mexican and IN-N-OUT, what more do you need?
But the number one reason I love California?
Marcus just got his first "man job" working for California FFA. I'm proud of him!
Marcus and Audrey after our "team" dinner. The best teammates anyone could ask for. :) We gad a great time re-living old memories!
The next day we went to Ventura and did some window shopping, went to the pier, and spent some time on the beach!
We spent a lot of time trying to get JUST our feet wet, but mostly ended up running away from the waves. And getting soaked. :)
Goal for the day... get the perfect in-air shot. It only took a couple of tries. :)
Friday, May 14, 2010
The reality is, the modern technology of agriculture puts us in a position to combat global hunger on a real scale. Will we use it?
Below is an interesting article on one scholar's thoughts regarding trendiness of the organic and sustainable movement that has become very prevalent in the western cutlure. Just some food for thought. Your thoughts?