Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nothin' to brag about

In mid-January, I started reading the Bible from the beginning and this morning I finished reading Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament.  I was feeling pretty good about myself at that point as I'm on track to finish the whole Bible in about 4 months but then it dawned on me  . . . that's nothin' to brag about.  Kids read Harry Potter books that are longer than the Bible in a fraction of the time that it will have taken me to read the Bible from beginning to end.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Praying for Williame

I was eating lunch by myself at a local Chinese restaurant today when I thought about Williame Jacques, the 10 year old boy that Julia and I sponsor in Haiti through Compassion International.  I looked at the food on my plate and wondered what Williame was having for lunch  . . . or if he was having lunch.  At that moment I stopped and prayed for Williame and for his family.  I prayed specifically that they would have nutritious food to eat today and that none of them would be hungry.  Williame is one of seven kids and lives with both of his parents.  His mom sometimes gets work in the market and his dad works as a laborer when jobs are available but neither of them has a full-time job.  It would be hard to feed your family under those circumstances here in the U.S. but just imagine how hard that is in a country like Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  Prayer changes things but mostly it changes me.

Monday, April 4, 2011

One day without shoes

I checked out TOMS shoes for the first time a few weeks back when I was shopping for some new flip flops. (Yep, the dog chewed up my last pair!)  I had read about the company and seen some ads that explained that they donate one pair of new shoes to needy kids in developing countries for each pair that they sell.  I just learned that they have partnered with one of my favorite organizations, Compassion International, committing to provide 33,000 pair of shoes to kids that Compassion is serving in Ethiopia and the Philippines. 

TOMS tells us:
  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Check out this video  . . .

How about joining us in bringing awareness to an easily-remedied problem bringing grief to so many people?