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Milestone

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2007 at 6:18 pm

As of today, this blog has had 1,008 hits!  I am so excited, and I didn’t think that I would ever receive 42 views in one day (which happened 2 weeks ago).  Thank you all who read this regularly, and thanks for those of you stopping by! I hope you enjoy it. 

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A Christmas Letter

In Blessing, Christmas, Whitworth on December 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Hey all, I was writing an informal essay for my Core 150 class, and we had to write about our ideal Christmas break (yes, they do call it Christmas break, thankfully) and how it matches up with our worldview (our core beliefs). The purpose of the paper is to analyze the disconnect between our beliefs and our actions. I wrote a section that really stuck out to me, and I thought I would share it, I hope you enjoy!

I am really trying to be more thankful for what I have, and that is why this Christmas I didn’t ask for much. I am starting to realize this year that there are some people who have nothing; I’ve always known that there are people that are less fortunate than I am, but it is really starting to impact my heart in a meaningful way. What right do I have to ask for DVDs or video games when there is a child right now in this vast, cold world of ours struggling to find clean water, struggling to eat, struggling to breath, struggling to live? What right do I have? How can I possibly justify my so called needs? How can I type up my Christmas list on my $2000 computer, in a room that protects me from the elements, at a school that costs $32,000 a year? I can’t. And that is what I am beginning to realize. For the more than 1 billion people living on $1 a day, it would take them more than 87 years to pay for education at Whitworth. What on God’s green Earth did I do (or will I do) to deserve these blessings? I have absolutely no idea how to answer that, and the only thing I can do is have faith that God can. I believe that God has a purpose for me, and for that purpose to come to fruition I need to be exactly where I am, and I thank God for that daily. Thank you, God for giving me my loving family, my caring friends, my schools, food to nourish my body, clean water to hydrate my being, and thank you, Lord, for your Word to nourish my soul.

It’s Official

In Blessing, Habitat for Humanity, Whitworth on December 4, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Yup, you read the title right.  It’s official.  And by it’s I mean Habitat for Humanity Whitworth has been chartered as an ASWU club.  Officially.  Yup, I like saying official, because that’s what HfHW is.  It’s official.  Now we can do real stuff!  Yay!

More Ways

In Christmas, Development, Economy, Poverty on December 3, 2007 at 4:26 pm

I’m sorry to keep bringing up ways that you can spend your money, but I want to make sure you know about all of your options to make the greatest impact this Christmas.  I think the best thing you could do would be to invest in the World Vision Microenterprise Development program.  You make a small, one-time investment, but your money keeps on giving.  Once it is loaned out to an entrepreneur, they use to the money to increase production/buy new equipment etc… then they repay the loan with interest, and it recirculates back into the loan program.  So your one time donation could provide countless businessmen and women with greater opportunity to feed their families and strengthen a village.

Bonner Leaders Program

In Bonner Leaders Program, Whitworth on December 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Here at Whitworth we have a program that rewards community service called the Bonner Leaders Program.  It is funded through AmeriCorps, and provides students with money to pay for educational expenses.  I am going to be applying for this program, and would like to request some prayer on this.  If I get into it I would probably not get a job and devote my extra time to serving.  I’m worried about the amount of money I would get, but I’m hoping it is enough to start paying off my tuition.  At $20,000+ a year, I could sure use it.  Please pray that I get accepted, if it’s God’s will. 

Mentors and Students Together

In Mentors and Students Together, Whitworth on December 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm

I received an email today about Mentors and Students Together, a program that pairs up Whitworth students and Mead Middle School students together.  The mentor and student get to pick what they want to do, whether it be homework, hanging out, outdoor games, or even cooking.  The point is that students get to bond with someone who can offer some words of advice if they need it.  Middle school (or Jr. High, as I knew it) can be one of the roughest time in a persons life, if they don’t have the right kind of friends.  I thank God that I had the kind of friends that were good, mature people.  Come to think of it, the Cow People as we called ourselves (don’t ask me why, it was Amy’s name), were more mature in Jr. High than most people I knew in High School.So, I am pretty sure I am going to do this, and I talked to two guys that live in my dorm and they are probably going to do it too.  And it just so happens that our schedules next semester line up perfectly.  Coincidence?  I think not!  But, as with any big decision, I will pray about it and see where God leads me.  Hopefully it’s to Mead Middle School.

TOMS Shoes Coupon

In Christmas, Poverty, TOMS Shoes on December 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Hey all, my friend Paul bought a pair of TOMS Shoes for his sister for Christmas, and they gave him a coupon for $5.00 off of the purchase of a pair of TOMS.  Use this code to get the $5.00 off.
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I hope you will consider getting a pair of TOMS shoes for someone you love,  so that someone that Christ loves can get their first pair of shoes.